Between the two I would go with the Kindle 2 International. I don’t see the larger display and accelerometer being worth shelling out the extra $230, and I certainly don’t think I’ll be storing more than 1,500 books on the device.
Sony Reader PRS-600 (Touch Edition)
Sony’s PRS-600 is a higher-scale, touch version of their original reader. The touch edition is 0.4 inches thick and weighs 10.1 ounces. It is a small sleek device that is lighter than many other readers and is available in three stylish colors. The display is a six-inch touch screen with eight-level grayscale, a downgrade from the Kindle 2 and DX. Another minus of the touch edition is that it only has 512MB of space and can only hold 250 books. If you want more memory space you have to buy a separate memory card. Also, to access books and other content, you must connect the device to your computer with a USB cable. Not being wireless detracts from its convenience factor. The Sony Reader Touch Edition is available for $299.99 on SonyStyle.com.
The iLiad is a clever little device that lets users read AND write as they would on normal paper. In addition to reading newspapers, books, and magazines, the iLiad allows you to take notes or doodle on its 8.1-inch, 16-level grayscale display. The iLiad is 0.63 inches thick and weighs 15.3 ounces, a little heftier than the Kindle and Sony Reader. Another drawback is that this device only has 256MB of storage capacity. Quite weak compared to its competitors. And the nail in the coffin is its price of $699. I’ll stick to a pen and paper and keep my 400 bucks.
Bookeen Cybook Opus
Last, but certainly not least, is the Cybook Opus. The Opus is a snack-size version of your typical reader. It is only six inches tall, 0.4 inches thick, and weighs a mere 5.3 ounces, and is able to fit in a purse, briefcase, or even a pocket. The Opus offers a five-inch, four-level grayscale display, and like the Kindle DX, has a built-in accelerometer that gives it the ability to switch from landscape to portrait by flipping the device to its side. With 1GB of storage capacity, the Opus allows you to store up to 1,000 books. To purchase and download books and other content you must connect the Opus to your computer via USB cable. Again, this detracts from its ease of use and convenience. The price tag on this little reader is $250. Not a bad price for a device with a fair amount of features, aside from the whole USB thing.