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: Sony hasn’t exactly upstaged anyone in e-reader theater. But, the company’s pocket-sized PRS-350 is looking to change that. The impetus was clear: Make an attractive, travel-sized, idiot-simple e-reader for the masses.
Pros: Compact design is both eye-catching and travel-friendly. Touchscreen makes highlighting passages and notation a breeze. Sixteen contrast levels makes outdoor reading a cinch. Screen stays smudge-free even after numerous swipes. Battery only needs a quick bi-weekly charge.
Cons: Missing Wi-Fi and 3G makes it too expensive. Sony’s online store leaves a lot to be desired. Comes in robotic silver or cartoonish pink. No headphone jack means no audio books. Cheap-feeling buttons and stylus are unforgivable.
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.
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
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.
Summary: No matter how slick an e-reader's physical design, it's hard to resist the urge to touch the screen. Now you can easily use the screen to navigate, with the Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350SC (the SC model is silver, while PC designates the pink version). Like its larger siblings in Sony's latest line of e-readers, the Reader Pocket Edition employs Sony's unique optical technology to allow fingers to tap away.
Conclusion: The Sony Reader PRS-350 is a compact, stylish and well designed device. Combining a simple design with small size means that those previously put off from buying an e-reader might reconsider. The lack of Internet and 3G connectivity is a noticeable downside compared to the Kindle 2, but the Reader more than holds its own in all other areas.
Pros: Well designed, lightweight and compact chassis, easy to use, good format support.
Cons: No memory expansion options., Top-end Kindle might be bulkier, but it's also cheaper and comes with 3G and WiFi.