Sony Reader Pocket Edition

Like its bigger sis, the Sony Reader Touch Edition, the Sony Reader Pocket Edition is an excellent performer with a fantastic grasp on user-friendliness. Coupled with its more compact size and lower price point, it's a great option for readers looking for high portability and first-rate usability.


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Design

With its smaller, 5-inch screen, the Pocket Edition is smaller than the average bear, small enough (as suggested by the name) to slip into a largish pocket and weighing in at just 155g. This makes it super-portable, easy to slip into a bag pocket and easy to hold in one hand for extended reading sessions.

The screen dominates the front of the reader, with a minimal spread of slimline buttons located along the bottom for navigation, Home, zoom and options. The screen itself is touch-sensitive, based on infrared sensors around the perimeter, which means most actions can be performed via the touch interface as well as the buttons.

A plastic bumper borders the aluminium chassis on three sides, with a power/sleep button at the top, a micro-USB port at the bottom and a stylus couched in the top right corner. This is a useful addition, for writing, but navigating can be performed just as easily with a finger. It's available in three colours — silver, pink or dark navy blue.

Features

A smaller, pared-down version of the Sony Reader Touch Edition, the Pocket still boasts features such as an infrared touchscreen and multiple dictionaries for both English definition search (easily achieved by double-tapping the appropriate word) and translation to and from Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The touchscreen allows you to make notes and highlight text as well as navigate menus and bookmark pages. However, also like the Touch Edition, the touchscreen on the Pocket can be a little over-sensitive, responding to something as small as a stray hair or dust mote.

Using the options menu, you also search text, go to specific pages, make notes, keep a word log, adjust the screen settings for more comfortable viewing, delete books from the device, or switch to a landscape orientation.

A couple of notable feature exceptions are Wi-Fi and audio support.

Performance

Like the Touch, the Pocket's processor is slick and fast, taking very little time to process page turns or wake from sleep.

The touchscreen, as mentioned above, is quite sensitive, but does take a moment to process your taps and swipes; we found it faster to turn the page using the thankfully quite comfortably placed buttons than swiping the screen; for menu navigation, however, the touchscreen was an intuitive and comfortable method of getting around. We've seen many people try to tap on the screen of an e-reader before realising that this particular technology doesn't work that way, so its integration here is fantastic.

Getting files onto the reader can be as simple as opening the folder in your computer's directory and dragging and dropping, which we found preferable. It also comes with its own desktop app, which appears to be a re-skinned version of Adobe Digital Editions, with its own book store hosting books in Sony's proprietary BBeB file format. It's relatively easy to use if you don't like fiddling around with folders.

We also particularly like the way the Sony readers handle PDFs; rather than zooming in on a page, making for awkward scrolling back and forth to read text, the Pocket (and the Touch) extract the text from PDFs and make it independently resizable. Do note, however, that a scanned page will still need to be zoomed as a whole.

For a highly portable, sleek and zippy e-reader, the Sony Reader Pocket Edition is an excellent performer. It may be a bit lighter on features than some of the less pricey e-readers on the market, but its compact form factor, excellent hardware, PDF handling and input options make it a great little unit for someone who wants max portability and great performance.

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ebook fan
6
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"Good reader, but limited to buy books"

ebook fan posted a review   
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The Good:Good reader

The Bad:limited to the content you can put on

It is a good ereader but the variety of formats it can handle is poor.
I prefer the Cybook Orizon.

Sammy
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Sammy posted a review   

The Good:great processor, and a superb perfomance with the infrared screen. The small size means that you can take it anywhere.

The Bad:Nothing I have found yet

I am simply amazed at this small, versitile and fact reader made by Sony. The screen is extremely efficient even directly in the sunlight. Each page turn is almost instant and the battery life has lasted me three weeksy. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves to read.

Marky Mark
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Marky Mark posted a review   

The Good:Quality, screen clarity, battery life

The Bad:Can be a bit confusing to upload books

I got my Pocket edition for Christmas, and I love it! Can't put it down, and I have already read 6 books and haven't even had to charge the battery yet. The e-ink screen is even clearer than paper, especially when reading outside in daylight. It is easier to hold than a book, and alot lighter to carry about. The ebooks are priced much better than paper or hardbacks too; I have bought 8 ebooks from Angus and Robertson and Borders, and already saved over $100 compared to buying the paperback at Borders. Only downside is that some books are not available on ebook format in Australia, and it was a bit confusing at first trying to upload them onto the reader. Looks like I can sell that bookcase now!

davegh
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davegh posted a review   

The Good:simple easy to use

The Bad:not responsive

I recommend to visit your local Sony store, and play a few minutes with this e-book reader, so you know what you're buying. I did it this morning, and I found the screen was not responsive all the time.I was surprise that the same happens with the buttons. Some times I was needing to touch the screen or click the buttons several times in order to get an action from the reader.

Also a couple of times the device was freeze in the same page (cannot change to another page) so I was needing to go to the main menu and back to reading the book to get it working ( something that can be done very quick, but it's annoying).

I found the screen to be more reflective that I was expecting. If the light source is just on top ( like reading on the bed) the reflection could be very annoying as well.

The screen is sharp, but still have the feeling of a digital screen, not that close to read in paper. I think the technology is promising, but it's not mature enough.

I like the simplicity of this e-book reader, I don't need any fancy features. Also get started right away, when other devices take several seconds to start.

I was planning to buy a e-book reader today, either this one o the big brother, but after play with it for a while, I decide to wait until the technology and the devices mature a little bit more.

 

Croc posted a comment   

Julia,If you just want to read e-books, not anything else, get the cheaper Kinndle 3.

 

Pete posted a comment   

The Good:So much more like reading a real book than on an ipad

The Bad:My wife wants one now too!

I've been reading a lot of books on my iPad, and have grown to love ereading. But the iPads limitations (glare, weight, built in distractions, short battery life) as an ebook reader have made me long for a dedicated reader that is small, independent of a closed book store ecosystem, and lasts a long time on a single charge. The Sony Pocket has answered all my wishes.

Julia
10
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Julia posted a review   

The Good:Simple no fuss e-book reader

The Bad:limited addition functions

If you just want to read e-books and not anything else...choose this one




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User Reviews / Comments  Sony Reader Pocket Edition

  • ebook fan

    ebook fan

    Rating6

    "It is a good ereader but the variety of formats it can handle is poor.
    I prefer the Cybook Orizon."

  • Sammy

    Sammy

    Rating10

    "I am simply amazed at this small, versitile and fact reader made by Sony. The screen is extremely efficient even directly in the sunlight. Each page turn is almost instant and the battery life has ..."

  • Marky Mark

    Marky Mark

    Rating9

    "I got my Pocket edition for Christmas, and I love it! Can't put it down, and I have already read 6 books and haven't even had to charge the battery yet. The e-ink screen is even clearer than pape..."

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