Sony pushes back portable electronic reader to summer 2006

Sony's Portable Reader was supposed to sit on store shelves this past spring but they have delayed launch of the product which will be "Available Late Summer 2006" as its website, Sony Style, states.

There has been no word on the why Sony is delaying the launch but we're sure it is improving and testing the product a bit more to produce the perfect product. Either that or Sony is really focusing on the PS3 to make sure it launches on time, this time.

Sony's Portable Reader System, the PRS-500, is a 6-inch 800x600 SVGA gray-scale display which is able to display documents and eBooks off Memory Stick and Secure Digital flash media. The PRS-500 will also be able to play MP3 files as well as view JPEG and PDF files.

Retail price at the time Sony announced a March launch was about $350 and we assume it will stay at that price. Wouldn't a similarly priced color PDA do the trick? Would you take a color screen and wireless connectivity over a 6-inch screen and higher battery life?

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