Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Pocket Edition PRS-350 vs PRS-T2

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

Reasons to consider the
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350

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Thinner 8.4 mm vs 9.5 mm More than 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
More storage capacity 2 GB vs 1.3 GB Around 55% more storage capacity
Quicker recharging 2 hours vs 2.5 hours 20% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Back view of Sony Reader PRS-T2

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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
Significantly longer battery life 30 hour vs 8 hour 3.8x longer battery life; read more between charges
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
Much faster page turns 0.6 s vs 1.07 s Around 45% faster page turns
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

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350  vs
PRS-T2 
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 Reader Store
EBookstore size 0.82 M book 0.82 M book
Free content free content 0.02 M books 0.02 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.87 $9.87
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 29 29
Reader-to-reader lending No No
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 and comics/graphic novels
Has retail store locations Yes Yes

form factor

Housing type Plastic Plastic and rubber
Size 104 x 145 x 8.4 mm 111.1 x 174.6 x 9.5 mm
Weight 156 g 164 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen

connectivity

Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350  vs
PRS-T2 
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 Yes
Web browser No Yes
Stereo speakers No No
Evernote integration No Yes
Accelerometer No No
Parental controls No No

storage

Internal storage 2 GB 1.3 GB
Expansion slot None microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 2 GB 1.3 GB
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350
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