Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Pocket Edition PRS-350 vs Fire HD 8.9"

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from multiple trusted sites

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350

Reasons to consider the
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350

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Much lighter weight 156 g vs 567 g 3.6x lighter weight
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Much quicker recharging 2 hours vs 5 hours 2.5x quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Slightly thinner 8.4 mm vs 8.8 mm Around 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9"

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Has Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11b/g/n vs None Most E-Readers have a Wi-Fi connectivity; download books from device or surf the web
Has a built-in light LED backlight vs None Most E-Readers have a built-in light
Has an app store Kindle Store vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
Can support multitouch gestures Yes vs No Somewhat common; use multiple fingers at once for more complex interactions
Much bigger screen 8.9" vs 5" Around 80% bigger screen
Much bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 0.82 M book (Reader Store) Around 5x larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Has cellular connectivity 4G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Can read e-books borrowed from the library Yes vs No Somewhat common; borrow and read e-books from the public library
Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Reader Store) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Reader Store) Somewhat common; e-books can be loaned to a friend for a 14 day period; each e-book can only be loaned once
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
Significantly higher resolution screen 1920 x 1200 vs 800 x 600 More than 4.8x higher resolution screen
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1920 x 1200
Screen size 5" 8.9"
Pixel density 200 ppi 254 ppi
Built-in light None LED backlight
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen Infrared Capacitive
Multitouch No Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore Reader Store Kindle Store
EBookstore size 0.82 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 0.02 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program No Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.87 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 29 38
Reader-to-reader lending No Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations Yes No

form factor

Size 104 x 145 x 8.4 mm 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm
Weight 156 g 567 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen

connectivity

Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None 4G
Wi-Fi None 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No Yes

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Text to speech No Yes
Directly download library e-books to device No Yes
Web browser No Yes
Stereo speakers No Yes
Evernote integration No Yes
Accelerometer No Yes
Parental controls No Yes

storage

Expansion slot None None
Memory 2 GB 64 GB
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350
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