Summary: Currently, the Sony Reader Pocket Edition costs $179, which falls right in between the Kindle and the Nook with Wi-Fi-only connectivity ($139 and $149, respectively) and the 3G versions of both devices ($189 and $199). We don't think that a touchscreen and a compact design is more valuable than being able to connect wirelessly and update your library at any time. However, navigating by touch is instinctual for many, and this eReader satisfies in that regard.
Pros: High-contrast e-Ink display, Slim and light weight, Speedier interface, Fast page turns, Fits in a pocket
Cons: No tap to turn pages, Not as ergonomically comfortable as competition, Needs wired connection to computer to add books, Touch is too imprecise for fast handwriting, No memory card slot
Conclusion: The Sony Reader PRS-300 Pocket Edition (what a mouthful!) is a very basic and compact E Reader tailored for people on a budget due to its lack of extra features that most of its competition include. The simplicity of it means that it does what it does extremely well, which is a nice change from today’s gadgets that do it all, but do it just okay.
Excerpt: (1 items) Sony's Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 is about as inexpensive as e-book readers corrently get: $200 for a slim gadget with a 5-inch, 8-grayscale E Ink screen. It lacks extras that some competitors offer, and it's surprisingly heavy (7.75 ounces) for its petite dimensions (6.25 by 4.25 by 0.4 inches), but its top-flight design and usability amply compensate for the missing features.
Pros: Inexpensive and great for travel, Controls are simple and intuitive
Cons: No included dictionary, No support for image or HTML files
Conclusion: We really like Sony's extremely portable and light Pocket Edition Reader. The display quality is top notch by E-Ink standards and the touch feature makes using the reader a breeze. If you're looking for an ebook reader that supports the relatively open ePUB standard and fits in your pocket, the Sony is it. Our only complaints are the price (though the hardware is lovely and likely justifies the price) and the lack of wireless (nearly unforgivable).
Pros: Great touch experience with sharp display, extremely compact and light., Great touch experience with sharp display, extremely compact and light. Supports ePUB which is a fairly open standard and allows access to public library books and Google's public domain books.
Cons: No wireless, must transfer books to reader via USB. More expensive than Kindle and Nook., No wireless, must transfer books to reader via USB. More expensive than Kindle and Nook.
Summary: Like its bigger sis, the Sony Reader Touch Edition, the Sony Reader Pocket Edition is an excellent performer with a fantastic grasp on user-friendliness. Coupled with its more compact size and lower price point, it's a great option for readers looking for high portability and first-rate usability.
Pros: Extensive file support, Infrared touchscreen, Built-in dictionary in multiple languages, Intuitive note-taking, Handsome form factor and strong build, Fast processor, Attractive cases available with a range of options, Open format, Compact size, Handles PDFs really well
Cons: No audio support, No memory slots, Smaller screen means more page turns, No Wi-Fi or 3G, Touchscreen can be a little too sensitive
Summary: The Sony Reader PRS-300 Pocket Edition (what a mouthful!) is a very basic and compact E Reader tailored for people on a budget due to its lack of extra features that most of its competition include. The simplicity of it means that it does what it does extremely well, which is a nice change from today’s gadgets that do it all, but do it just okay.
Excerpt: Sony beat the competition to get an e-book reader to market in the UK. As a result, you're more likely to find a bookworm touting a Sony Reader than any other brand. The Sony Reader PRS 300 Pocket Edition is a less capacious model than the pricey but popular Sony Reader PRS-505 model Sony launched at the end of 2008, aimed at mainstream adoption rather than the committed tech fans and bibliophiles who snapped up the first models.