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.
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.
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.
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.
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.