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

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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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

screen

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

bookstore

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

connectivity

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

features

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

storage

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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Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight
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