Summary: With a universally respected touch screen, virtual keyboard and onboard stylus note-taking, multi-language dictionary, excellent battery life and optimized portability, I really like what the Sony PRS-350 has to offer. As a business traveler that wants a no-nonsense, easy to carry machine, this would clearly be my eReader. And if I wasn’t going to buy it direct from Sony for $179, I could find it online for $30 less and be proud to tuck it into my jacket pocket for and...
Pros: As portable as an eReader could possibly be without having to squint at the screen, Touch screen, Onboard stylus note-taking capability, Easy to change font size, Awesome battery life, Great format support
Cons: Just 2GB of onboard memory with no option to expand, Sony’s eBook offerings are less substantial than Amazon’s or Barnes & Nobles, No ability to play music or video, No wireless connectivity, especially at this price point
Conclusion: As we noted at the outset, Amazon's Kindle is really the one to beat when it comes to e-book readers. And the Sony Reader Pocket PRS-350 may not quite have the Kindle's clout, but it does offer some notable advantages of its own, including better physical design and a touch-sensitive screen. Your final decision, in the end, may be swayed by the ready availability of reading matter.
Conclusion: The way we see it there are two main reasons you'd buy the $179.99 e-reader over the Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook: its incredibly responsive touchscreen navigation and extreme portability. However, if those don't appeal to you or you really just prefer having a larger selection of e-books and the ability to buy books over the air via WiFi or 3G, it's obvious that Amazon's $139 Kindle with WiFi or its $189 3G version would be a better choice.
Pros: Really compact, lightweight design, Very responsive touchscreen with included stylus, Speedy page turns
Cons: No wireless for downloading books OTA, Library of books not as vast as Amazon's, More expensive than competition
Excerpt: This is a quick note to mention that the review for the new Pocket Edition is now finished and can be found on the Sony PRS-350 Review page. Also, here is the link for the PDF review for the Pocket Edition. Both reviews include several pictures and a video in addition to the written review.
Excerpt: No matter how slick an e-reader’s physical design, it’s hard to resist the urge to touch the screen, as you would on an iPad. But you can easily use the screen to navigate with the Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350SC.
Sony eBook Reader Pocket Edition : Sony PRS-350 E-Book Reader Pocket Edition
7 February 2011
Summary: Unlike the earlier version of this – that I was ashamed to be seen with in public – I have been happy to be seen reading this in public. In case you are wondering why the first one needed to be used in private it was PINK.