- You could get a Used Kindle 2 (refurbished by Amazon) for $169.
- You have the Sony Reader Pocket Edition for $169.
- You could get the Used Kindle 2 US Version for $139.
- Update: Not available at $149. The used Kindle 1 (also refurbished by Amazon) is available for $149.
Lets dive into the strengths and weaknesses of each and see which one emerges as the best choice.
Used Kindle 2 Vs Sony Reader Pocket Edition
Here’s a comparison video –
Areas Sony Reader Pocket Edition beats used Kindle 2
- It has better screen contrast.
- It’s New.
- Its better looking and available in a variety of colors.
- The Library Finder feature which lets you loan library ebooks is a good feature.
- ePub and PDF support are in-built. Kindle 2 only supports PDF via conversion (Amazon does it) and ePub via conversion (Calibre).
- Its lighter and smaller and very portable.
- A million free Google books although these can be converted for the used Kindle 2.
Areas used Kindle 2 beats Sony Pocket Edition
- Wireless Store and 60 second downloads.
- Free Internet Access.
- Better usability.
- Larger screen i.e. 6″ compared to Sony Pocket’s 5″.
- Better range of new books – Kindle Store has 300K+ while Sony store has just 100K new ebooks.
- Read To Me feature and in-built speakers.
There are more videos and thoughts at the Kindle Vs Sony Reader Pocket Edition post.
Overall, the Used Kindle 2 narrowly beats out the Pocket Edition because of the free Internet and Kindle Store access from the used Kindle itself.
Used Kindle 2 Vs Used Kindle 1
Update: Not relevant as used Kindle 1 is no longer $149.
Here’s a short video comparison –
Areas Used Kindle 2 beats a used Kindle 1
- Slightly faster screen refreshes.
- No accidental page turns.
- Lock-in tabs ensure Kindle doesn’t slip out of the cover.
- Read To Me feature when publishers don’t turn it off.
- Thin and sleek looking.
- Better usability with 5-way controller and better dictionary integration.
Areas Used Kindle 1 beats a used Kindle 2
Prices are in flux so comparison is no longer valid.
- SD Card Slot allows memory expansion and flexibility.
- Changeable battery.
- Arguably better keyboard.
- Experimental GPS Feature and other secrets.
There are some good videos at the Kindle 2 Vs Kindle 1 post.
This is a tough comparison because the Used Kindle 1 is so much cheaper. I’d actually go with the Used Kindle 1.
Used Kindle 1 Vs Sony Reader Pocket Edition
Unfortunately there is no video comparison so the above videos will have to do.
Areas Sony Pocket Edition beats out Used Kindle 1
- Sony Pocket Edition does much better on Screen Contrast.
- Sony Reader is much, much more compact and much lighter than the Used Kindle 1.
- It looks better, and is available in a variety of colors.
- It’s New.
Also, all the areas Sony Reader beats Kindles in general i.e. Library Finder feature, in-built PDF and ePub support, etc.
Areas Used Kindle 1 beats out the Sony Reader Pocket Edition
- Update: not relevant as used Kindle 1 is now, for some strange reason, at $329. Price. At $149 it’s $50 cheaper.
- SD Card Slot.
All the areas Kindles beat the Sony Pocket edition i.e. 6″ screen, wireless store, free internet access, etc.
This is a really tough decision – Sony Pocket edition is much newer technology and probably edges the Used Kindle 1, unless the $50 price difference is non-negotiable for you.
Used Kindle 2 Vs Used Kindle 1 Vs Sony Reader Pocket Edition
We arrive at a rather cyclical, strange result i.e. Used Kindle 2 > Sony 300 > Used Kindle 1 > Used Kindle 2.
It just points to the fact that it’s a very personal decision, based on what’s important to you.
Here is what you should go with if one feature is exceptionally important to you –
- Owning Something New – Sony 300.
- Value for Money and/or Lowest Price – Used Kindle 1.
- Screen Contrast – Sony 300.
- Read To Me feature – Used Kindle 2.
- Best Range of New Books – Used Kindle 2 or 1.
- Best Choice of Public Domain Books – Sony 300.
- Expandable Memory – Used Kindle 1.
- Built-in GPS (a rough one) – Used Kindle 1.
- Free Internet Access and Wireless Downloads – Used Kindle 2 or 1.
- ePub and PDF Support – Sony 300.
We have a much better status quo than just a few months ago when sub $200 eReaders were scarce. It really does show the importance of competition and Sony deserves a lot of credit for hitting $199 with its Sony Reader Pocket Edition.
It’s pretty amazing to have a used Kindle 1 available for $149. New Kindle 1s were $399 just 1.5 years ago.
All three of the options discussed are good ones – My favorite would be the used Kindle 1 as the value for money is unrivalled.
However, you could pick the $169 used Kindle 2, for its Read To Me feature and usability enhancements, or the Sony 300, for its Library ebooks feature and looks, and still do very well.