Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Pocket Edition PRS-350 vs Paperwhite

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

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Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350

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Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Lighter weight 156 g vs 221 g Around 30% lighter weight
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
Noticeably quicker recharging 2 hours vs 4 hours 2x quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Thinner 8.4 mm vs 9 mm More than 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
More storage capacity 2 GB vs 1.25 GB 60% more storage capacity
Front view of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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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 Paperwhite vs None Very few E-Readers have a built-in light
Has an app store Kindle Store vs None Most E-Readers don't have an app store
Has cellular connectivity 3G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Reader Store) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
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 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
Much faster page turns 0.5 s vs 1.07 s 2.1x faster page turns
Can read e-books borrowed from the library Yes vs No Somewhat common; borrow and read e-books from the public library
Significantly longer battery life 28 hour vs 8 hour 3.5x longer battery life; read more between charges
Can support multitouch gestures Yes vs No Somewhat common; use multiple fingers at once for more complex interactions
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Bigger screen 6" vs 5" 20% bigger screen
Significantly higher resolution screen 1024 x 768 vs 800 x 600 Around 65% higher resolution screen
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350  vs
Kindle Paperwhite 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1024 x 768
Screen size 5" 6"
Pixel density 200 ppi 213 ppi
Built-in light None Paperwhite
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared Capacitive
Multitouch No Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

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

Housing type Plastic Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 104 x 145 x 8.4 mm 116 x 170 x 9 mm
Weight 156 g 221 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen

connectivity

Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350  vs
Kindle Paperwhite 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None 3G
Wi-Fi None 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No No

features

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

storage

Internal storage 2 GB 1.25 GB
Expansion slot None None
Memory 2 GB 2 GB
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350
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