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Sony Reader Pocket PRS-350 Tablet eBook Reader Review

The Sony Reader Pocket PRS-350 is the portable entry in the series.

March 07, 2011
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Reading Books

The Sony Reader Pocket PRS-350 provided a pretty good reading experience. The eInk screen provides sharp text in various lighting conditions. The matte screen cuts down on reflections doesn't have the backlight that induces eye-strain in some users. Technically the Pocket should have the same screen as the Kindle—they're both E Ink® Pearl displays—but we didn't think the image quality was quite as good. Realistically, the average user wouldn't notice the difference, but when you put the two side by side you can really see a higher level of clarity and smoothness on the Kindle. Additionally, the Pocket doesn't cycle the screen particularly fast: it takes over a second and a half before a new image can appear.

There are a few ways to get to your book on the Sony Reader Pocket PRS-350. The top item on the home screen is the last book you read, along with a large image of its cover art, which makes it easy to pick up where you left off. Underneath that section is a box labeled Books that provides links to the latest three books put on the device: each one contains a thumbnail of the cover art, the title, and the author. The final row contains links to all the periodicals you're subscribed to, collections (separates books unto unread, purchased, or by genre—with the ability to create your own collection), and all the notes you've made so far.

While the Pocket offers a lot of venues to find what you're looking for, there isn't an actual search feature. This is particularly unfortunate since the device does employ an onscreen keyboard for naming custom categories or typing notes.

Buying Books

The Pocket makes buying books fairly easy. Just hit the home button and you should see a link to the store at the bottom of the screen. Once you click it, you just need to sign in to your account and you're on your way. Of course, much like using the Pocket's browser, buying a book on the device feels clunky and slow.

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eBook Formats

Calibre software can.

Unsecured Text: ePub, PDF, BBeB Book, PDF, TXT, RTF

Newspapers & Magazines

The Pocket doesn't support newspaper or magazine subscriptions.

eBook Battery Life

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  7. Apple iPad Wi-Fi (16 GB) Comparison
  8. Barnes & Noble Nook Color Comparison
  9. Conclusion
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