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

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 Touch Edition

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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
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
Faster page turns 0.95 s vs 1.07 s More than 10% faster page turns
Front view of Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350

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Significantly lighter weight 156 g vs 286 g More than 45% lighter weight
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
More storage capacity 2 GB vs 1.4 GB Around 45% more storage capacity

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader Touch Edition  vs
Pocket Edition PRS-350 
Gray shades 8 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 800 x 600
Screen size 6" 5"
Pixel density 166 ppi 200 ppi
Built-in light None None
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Resistive Infrared
Multitouch Yes No
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 and rubber Plastic
Size 122 x 175 x 10.2 mm 104 x 145 x 8.4 mm
Weight 286 g 156 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen

connectivity

Reader Touch Edition  vs
Pocket Edition PRS-350 
Input/Output port mini-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi None None
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 No

storage

Internal storage 1.4 GB 2 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 2 GB 2 GB
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