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

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?

Recharge time

Reviews

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Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350 

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

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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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Thinner 8.4 mm vs 10 mm More than 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Much quicker recharging 2 hours vs 5 hours 2.5x quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
More storage capacity 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more storage capacity
Lighter weight 156 g vs 184 g More than 15% lighter weight
Front view of Kobo Touch

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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
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
Can read e-books borrowed from the library Yes vs No Somewhat common; borrow and read e-books from the public library
Much bigger bookstore 3.2 M book (Kobo Books) vs 0.82 M book (Reader Store) Around 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
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Bigger screen 6" vs 5" 20% bigger screen
Faster page turns 0.86 s vs 1.07 s Around 20% faster page turns
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350  vs
Touch 
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 None
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 Kobo Books
EBookstore size 0.82 M book 3.2 M book
Free content free content 0.02 M books 1.89 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.87 $9.95
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 29 38
Reader-to-reader lending No No
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels
Has retail store locations Yes No

form factor

Housing type Plastic Plastic and tough rubber
Size 104 x 145 x 8.4 mm 114 x 165 x 10 mm
Weight 156 g 184 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen

connectivity

Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350  vs
Touch 
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 Yes
Stereo speakers No No
Evernote integration No No
Accelerometer No No
Parental controls No No

storage

Internal storage 2 GB 1 GB
Expansion slot None microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 2 GB 2 GB
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350
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