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


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Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare


How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more


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

Battery life and Recharge time


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Kobo eReader 

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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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Has a touchscreen Infrared vs None About half of E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Thinner 8.4 mm vs 10.2 mm Around 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Many more gray shades 16 vs 8 Twice as many gray shades
Lighter weight 156 g vs 227 g More than 30% lighter weight
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
Quicker recharging 2 hours vs 2.5 hours 20% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
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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
Bigger screen 6" vs 5" 20% bigger screen

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350  vs
Gray shades 16 8
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 None
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes


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


Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350  vs
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi None None
Bluetooth connectivity No Yes


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


Expansion slot None microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 2 GB 1 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic Plastic
Size 104 x 145 x 8.4 mm 119 x 183 x 10.2 mm
Weight 156 g 227 g
Interface touchscreen D-pad
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350
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