Sony Reader Pocket PRS-350 Tablet eBook Reader Review
The Sony Reader Pocket PRS-350 is the portable entry in the series.
Device & Specs
Both devices are easy to hold with either both hands or just one. The Kindle keeps its page turning buttons on its right side, within easy reach. The Pocket tucks its page navigation buttons under the screen, which makes them hard to reach with a natural-feeling hand position. Both devices support touch controls as well.
Both devices have the same eInk screen, the E Ink® Pearl. In general, they performed almost identically on our tests. The big difference between the two is the Pocket's smaller screen size. Other than that we saw a bit of a residual image on the Pocket after the screen cycled. It was a very slight effect, though, and you'd really have to look for it.
Neither product had an issue with battery life, but the Kindle performed slightly better than the Pocket. The Pocket couldn't last a full day on our music playback test, but the Kindle lasted three.
Both of the devices are eInk readers with touchscreens and, as a result, approximately the same reading experience. We liked the Kindle's button placement a bit more than the Pocket's, as it was easier to access the page navigation when it was already under our thumb, rather than attempt to stretch to buttons that were out of our reach. The touchscreen controls basically nullifies the need to use the Pocket's buttons, however.
The Kindle does have some internet features, such as the ability to download books on the go, an internet browser, and meager app support. The Pocket doesn't support any of these features.
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