Sony Reader Pocket PRS-350 Tablet eBook Reader Review
The Sony Reader Pocket PRS-350 is the portable entry in the series.
Device & Specs
The Pocket is the David to the iPad's goliath—just be sure to stop at the size discrepancy, or else the analogy really breaks down. The iPad is huge and unwieldy compared to the Pocket. You really need to use the iPad in your lap or on a table, otherwise you're compromising your grip each time you swipe the screen.
The iPad's and Pocket's screens are very different: the former is an LCD and the latter is an eInk screen. if you're in the market for one or the other, this is an easy choice. If you're don't mind the LCD, it's hard to make a case for eInk. The iPad's screen is large, crisp, color, and supports video.
The Pocket really beats the iPad in terms of battery life—at least in terms of reading. The iPad could only last for about 5 1/2 hours of reading, while we estimate the Pocket will last for 96. In terms of battery life, however, the iPad really, really outlasts the Pocket: the iPad can last for over 16 days of audio playback, while the Pocket can't even last one.
While the iPad is a competent eReader, many people prefer an eInk screen to an LCD. While the Pocket definitely looks better under bright light, you'll need the backlit iPad to read in a very dark environment.
This isn't really a contest. The iPad's app store and browsing experience totally blow the Pocket out of the water. Apple's app store contains millions and millions of apps, while the Pocket doesn't have any apps or online capabilities.
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