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

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

average NYT best sellers price and NYT's top selling titles

Performance

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

Battery life and Recharge time

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Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350 

Reader Rocket recommends the Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350  based on its display and performance.

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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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Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (Lightning port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs Lightning port 100% better Input/Output port
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from Android reading app Yes (Reader Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary Android reading app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from PC app Yes (Reader Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary PC app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from mac app Yes (Reader Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary mac app
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Lighter weight 156 g vs 312 g 2x lighter weight
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
Noticeably quicker recharging 2 hours vs 3.6 hours Around 45% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
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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 Mac App 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
Has cellular connectivity 4G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Noticeably bigger screen 7.9" vs 5" Around 60% bigger screen
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
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
Thinner 7.2 mm vs 8.4 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Higher resolution screen 1024 x 768 vs 800 x 600 Around 65% higher resolution screen

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350  vs
iPad Mini 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1024 x 768
Screen size 5" 7.9"
Pixel density 200 ppi 162 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 iBookstore
Average NYT best sellers price $9.87 $9.45
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 29 36
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Has retail store locations Yes Yes

storage

Expansion slot None None
Memory 2 GB 64 GB

connectivity

Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350  vs
iPad Mini 
Input/Output port micro-USB Lightning port
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

form factor

Housing type Plastic Aluminum and glass
Size 104 x 145 x 8.4 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Weight 156 g 312 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350
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