Sony have tried to muscle their way into the e-reader market and this is their Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300. My first question was… does it fit in your front pocket? The answer is not really. Well not mine anyway, but it’s at home in my back pocket.
At first glance you’ll feel it has a Gameboy look, nice sharp five inch screen, compact and is something you’d be happy to carry around. The E-Ink is as good as the Kindle which is surprising for a ‘budget’ reader.
It has no touch capabilities which is something that would have been a nice extra (especially as nowadays I’m touching everything lol) but it’s not essential in a pocket reader.
Further inspection shows an adjustable font size and some quite slow and kind of clunky user interface. I’m not sure what I expected from this low-end model, but if you watch the video I struggled with doing some basic functions. This’ll wear off but out the box it’s uncomfortable.
One of the first things that I wanted to find out was whether it had expandable memory and if it can play mp3s, sadly it can’t. I feel these things should be standard in ANY device. That might sound harsh but these are things that a crappy fake eReader has the ability to do and yet you fork out a chunk of money on a Sony and these features are missing. You can’t remove the battery either but that’s not so common in gadgets at the mo.
Sony’s eBook Library software is compatible with both Windows and Macs with best sellers costing around $9.99 (like Amazon). ePub file compatibility gives you access to thousands of free classic Google Books as well as being able to display Word and PDF files. On the whole, it’s got a hefty library of books behind it to get you page turning.
Verdict: The Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 is basic. It will do what you need and nothing more, this isn’t a bad thing at all. For the price and build quality it’s well worth being your first e-Reader.
But if you want more from it like a dictionary, expandable memory, removable battery, touch screen etc. then look elsewhere.
- Memory: Can store up to 350 eBooks
- Battery: Will last up to two weeks on a single battery charge
- Price: £179.99
- Screen size: 5 inches