Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Pocket Edition PRS-350 vs Simple Touch GlowLight


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Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350

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Much thinner 8.4 mm vs 12 mm 30% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
Lighter weight 156 g vs 198 g More than 20% lighter weight
More storage capacity 2 GB vs 1.26 GB Around 60% more storage capacity
Quicker recharging 2 hours vs 3 hours Around 35% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight

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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 GlowLight vs None Very few E-Readers have a built-in light
Expandable memory microSD (up to 32GB) vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (NOOK Book 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 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 30 hour vs 8 hour 3.8x longer battery life; read more between charges
Much bigger bookstore 3.27 M book (NOOK Book Store) vs 0.82 M book (Reader Store) 4x larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Can support multitouch gestures Yes vs No Somewhat common; use multiple fingers at once for more complex interactions
Bigger screen 6" vs 5" 20% bigger screen

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350  vs
NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 800 x 600
Screen size 5" 6"
Pixel density 200 ppi 166 ppi
Built-in light None GlowLight
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared Infrared
Multitouch No Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes


Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Reader Store NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 0.82 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 0.02 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.87 $9.64
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, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations Yes Yes

form factor

Housing type Plastic Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 104 x 145 x 8.4 mm 127 x 165 x 12 mm
Weight 156 g 198 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen


Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350  vs
NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi None 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No No


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


Internal storage 2 GB 1.26 GB
Expansion slot None microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 2 GB 2 GB
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350
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