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Sony PRS-350 Reader Pocket Edition - £134.94 with £10 gift card @ Waterstones + 3.5% Quidco
Sony PRS-350 Reader Pocket Edition - £134.94 with £10 gift card @ Waterstones + 3.5% Quidco

Sony PRS-350 Reader Pocket Edition - £134.94 with £10 gift card @ Waterstones + 3.5% Quidco

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Had this on pre-order from Sony at £159.99 however Waterstones have just dropped the price by £30. Looks like a superb bit of tech, check out the video preview of prs-650 which differs only in size and the addition of expandable memory and audio playback:
youtube.com/wat…cXQ



Blurb:
The Reader is slim and lightweight and especially designed with real book-lovers in mind. The no glare paper-like screen reads just like a book, indoors or out. Flip through the pages with an easy to use touch screen, look up any word in one of the built-in dictionaries and carry thousands of your favourite stories with you anywhere you go.

Specifications: Size: 145.0 x 104.3 x 8.5 mm Weight: 155 grams Screen: 5.0” (12.7cm) high contrast E Ink® Pearl display with clear touch screen and 16 levels grey scale Storage: 2GB (1.4GB available)

Dictionaries: 2 English (British/American) + 10 Translation (French/German/Spanish/ Dutch/Italian – to and from English)

Supported formats: EPUB, PDF, BBeB, Text, RTF, Word, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP Other features: 6 Font sizes, annotations, search, zoom, Mac/PC compatibility

£10 gift card with every pre-order of the NEW Sony eReaders
Customers who pre-order a Sony Pocket Edition (PRS350) or a Sony Touch Edition (PRS650) between 1st September and 11.59pm 16th September 2010 on Waterstones.com or in Waterstone's stores will receive a £10 gift card which is redeemable against eBook purchases on Waterstones.com.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer and whilst stocks last. For customers who pre-order their new Sony eReaders on Waterstones.com their gift card will be despatched in the same parcel as their eReader. Customers who pre-order their new Sony eReaders in store will receive their gift card when they collect their eReader on or after the day of release. Visit Waterstones.com/gift card for full gift card usage terms and conditions.

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this better than the new kindle at £109?-considering buying an ereader soon. More expensive so what can it do better?

Original Poster

Check out the preview:
youtube.com/wat…cXQ




Edited by: "nicks99" 15th Sep 2010

Anyone know how this compares to a kindle which I have on pre-order?

most important is that you can not upgrade the memory so your stuck with 2gb and seeing as this can play music aswell that really sucks....cold

could not edit my post aboe but here is the linke to tech specs

Your text here

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rob585

most important is that you can not upgrade the memory so your stuck with … most important is that you can not upgrade the memory so your stuck with 2gb and seeing as this can play music aswell that really sucks....cold


The prs-350 can't play music. The internal memory will be more than adequate for storing books. I never used the audio on my old prs-505 anyway.
Edited by: "nicks99" 15th Sep 2010

nicks99

The prs-350 can't play music. The internal memory will be more than … The prs-350 can't play music. The internal memory will be more than adequate for storing books. I never used the audio on my old prs-505 anyway.



Not according to the tech spec on sony...supports audio and image files??

rob585

most important is that you can not upgrade the memory so your stuck with … most important is that you can not upgrade the memory so your stuck with 2gb and seeing as this can play music aswell that really sucks....cold



But that really all depends what you want out of an ereader.

My wife wanted one, I got her this as it is suitable for her needs. She wanted an ereader just for that purpose, she has an MP4 player.

Some people just don't get what the importance of a true ereader is, (and I mean e-ink technology, not using an LCD display such as mobile phone or tablet) the whole purpose is to read books and with that have exceptional battery life that only e-ink provides.

If you utilise other gimmicks such as playing MP3s, it drains the battery far quicker.

With regards to not having any memory expansion, we considered this, but the ability to store up to 400 books we found that she really does not need more on the device!

The beauty of this device over the Kindle is it supports EPUB which is open source, for once Sony have learned the error of their ways of trying to dominate the market with proprietary formats, leave that to the Kindle which is its achilles heel.

If you are after a well built Ereader that you want to use for books only, and do not intend going into shops and using wi fi to buy books, are happy to use an Ereader just for being an Ereader, are happy with being able to not have to worry with DRM crippling file formats, and are happy with 400 book storage, then this is a fantastic device.

The high contrast display on this as well has led to it having fantastic reviews.

lutherinlondon

Anyone know how this compares to a kindle which I have on pre-order?



It doesn't have wi-fi, but is not crippled with a proprietary DRM format, and that for me is the most important consideration, this supports EPUB, PDF, BBeB, Text, RTF, Word, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, the kindle supports its own DRM AZW format, and to use anything else requires inconvenient conversion.

cicobuff

But that really all depends what you want out of an ereader.My wife … But that really all depends what you want out of an ereader.My wife wanted one, I got her this as it is suitable for her needs. She wanted an ereader just for that purpose, she has an MP4 player. Some people just don't get what the importance of a true ereader is, (and I mean e-ink technology, not using an LCD display such as mobile phone or tablet) the whole purpose is to read books and with that have exceptional battery life that only e-ink provides.If you utilise other gimmicks such as playing MP3s, it drains the battery far quicker.With regards to not having any memory expansion, we considered this, but the ability to store up to 400 books we found that she really does not need more on the device!The beauty of this device over the Kindle is it supports EPUB which is open source, for once Sony have learned the error of their ways of trying to dominate the market with proprietary formats, leave that to the Kindle which is its achilles heel.If you are after a well built Ereader that you want to use for books only, and do not intend going into shops and using wi fi to buy books, are happy to use an Ereader just for being an Ereader, are happy with being able to not have to worry with DRM crippling file formats, and are happy with 400 book storage, then this is a fantastic device.The high contrast display on this as well has led to it having fantastic reviews.



this is already available m8? says not released til 17th?

The new Kindle has amazed me and must rate as one of the best buys this year, very slick with the case, I can not recommend it highly enough. Never used the Sony reader so can not compare but the sony just does not look as stylish as the kindle

barky

this is already available m8? says not released til 17th?



Sorry, I should have said it is the PRS-300 my wife has, the PRS-350 adds touch screen like the PRS-600 did.

My only concern for the PRS-350 is being touch screen it is a high gloss screen, the PRS-600 was reviewed poorly due to this, and why we went without that gimmick and decided on the PRS-300.

Original Poster

The new touch readers don't have glossy screens, that layer has been removed.

cicobuff

Sorry, I should have said it is the PRS-300 my wife has, the PRS-350 adds … Sorry, I should have said it is the PRS-300 my wife has, the PRS-350 adds touch screen like the PRS-600 did.My only concern for the PRS-350 is being touch screen it is a high gloss screen, the PRS-600 was reviewed poorly due to this, and why we went without that gimmick and decided on the PRS-300.



cool-cheers-just cant decide what to go for-they both(this and new kindle) have great reviews-and if someone is gonna win the "war" on these its hard to tell whether it would be sony or amazon-both huge companies. Gonna buy one before christmas tho so need to read a few more reviews.

barky

cool-cheers-just cant decide what to go for-they both(this and new … cool-cheers-just cant decide what to go for-they both(this and new kindle) have great reviews-and if someone is gonna win the "war" on these its hard to tell whether it would be sony or amazon-both huge companies. Gonna buy one before christmas tho so need to read a few more reviews.



Depends what you want, Amazon are trying to win the "war" in the essence they are trying to dominate the market with their AZW file format that is DRM'ed.

If you went for the kindle, just look at the amount of available books that are in the EPUB format, you would have to convert each and every one of them to the AZW format.

If you don't mind doing that, then the kindle is cheaper than this.

If Sony have removed the high gloss screen which hampered the PRS-600, then this is looking like a nice little unit compared with the PRS-300.

If a 5 inch display compact reader with multiple file format support suits over wi-fi and a crippling proprietary format, then go for this.

Best summary I can personally give.

Whichever you opt for you will need the freeware Calibre software, which not only is fantastic for converting between file formats, is fantastic for cataloguing and tagging all your books metadata (kind of like MP3 ID4 tagging), it is a wonderful piece of software, and although freeware the author is more than worthy of a donation.

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I've had a quick look at both formats. The touchscreen capability of the Sony does appeal as well as Sony's usually high build quality. I think the wifi and 3G build quality swing it for me though.... especially for just £15 more..... also, I like the idea of being able to read any Potential Amazon Book purchases on both my Android phone or Ipod Touch without any extra hassle.....

Tough choice between the Kindle and this.
I was planning on ordering a Kindle within the next couple of weeks but the DRM has put me off.

The kindle supports mobi format which is drm free if you search the usual sites you will find thousands of books for free and as Cicobuff rightly said you can use free Calibre software to covert to any format
Edited by: "Andrewjacks" 15th Sep 2010

I must admit, if you are particular about your book library, Calibre is a must piece of software for updating metadata such as changing the authors details to last name, first name.

The whole debate of DRM or Non DRM really all comes down to how much time you want to spend with Calibre, and how many books you wish to buy as opposed to acquiring for free.

Calibre does a fantastic job of conversion, but it takes time. If you go the Kindle route, and do not want to buy all your books in*.azw format, then this you will need to do regularly, if that "inconvenience" does not bother you, then bang for buck the kindle is cheaper.

If you just want to use Calibre for minor metadata editing and like the idea of a reader that openly supports a wide variety of formats on the fly, then the kindle isn't for you.

So to summise :

Kindle....great if you are the sort of person that just likes to buy books from Amazon, store and read, and/or are the sort of person that is patiently willing to spend a lot of time converting file formats.

Sony/other open source readers....great if you like acquiring free books, and/or like the convenience of a multitude of file formats automatically supported without having to spend time converting.

Not really had a problem with the time needed to convert with Calibre since it supports batch jobs, so all the conversion can be queued and left to run. Of cause you can also use it to support the Sony!

Only downside so far for the Kindle is the manual grouping of books into collections, if it could do this using say subfolders it would be a lot neater. It does look and feel fantastic though!

I have a kindle on order from 1st of sep and got 2 conflicting emails saying dispatch/delivery on 23rd/29th of september so don't know which (after site said i shud have it dispatched by 17th when i ordered), was thinking about sony at the time and with this price drop i think im gonna cancel my amazon order because i don't like to be messed around by companies! someone else can have my slot!

Original Poster

My Order has apparently shipped, so should be here tomorrow on the release date. X)

nicks99

My Order has apparently shipped, so should be here tomorrow on the … My Order has apparently shipped, so should be here tomorrow on the release date. X)



Nice...would be interested to know what you make of the screen, I really do hope Sony have improved the contrast greatly over past touch screens, and that there will be no glare whatsoever in natural light.

voted hot! Great e-reader and not a bad price considering RRP is 159.99

cicobuff

Nice...would be interested to know what you make of the screen, I really … Nice...would be interested to know what you make of the screen, I really do hope Sony have improved the contrast greatly over past touch screens, and that there will be no glare whatsoever in natural light.

read reviews, all say as good as new kindles screen, nothing like the old prs-600 for example.
Edited by: "MIDURIX" 17th Sep 2010

Just got mine for around £115 after using the 15% off BOOKS over £30 voucher code, really shouldn't have got the voucher code to work, but it did! The prs-350 is gorgeous!

Original Poster

Same. Returned the first order and re-ordered with discount. The touch screen is superb.

nicks99

Same. Returned the first order and re-ordered with discount. The touch … Same. Returned the first order and re-ordered with discount. The touch screen is superb.

with the £10 card i got it ends up cheaper than the price of either kindle plus i didn't have to wait 3 weeks!

Interested in the PRS650 which I've seen in store and tried and it's trully excellent. Also memory can be expanded by up to 32GB. Trying to work out the cheapest place and way to buy this. There's the Sony VAT back offer at the moment that will bring the price down to around £170 from £199. Anyone know where I can find it cheaper?
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