Kindle Vs Sony Reader Pocket Edition becomes rather interesting thanks to the Pocket Edition’s excellent screen contrast, lower size and lower price.
Kindle Vs Sony Reader Pocket Edition Video
Sony has done well to hit a $199 price point and the Pocket Edition looks good –
Have to admit that the contrast on the Pocket Edition blew me away.
Kindle Vs Sony Reader Pocket Edition – Pocket’s Advantages.
- $60 cheaper than Kindle 2.
- Much more portable and much smaller in size.
- Excellent Contrast - Sony have somehow managed to make the background impressively white. There is a difference in normal lighting. However, in bright sunlight the difference is huge. Do note that the ‘Wow’ and other special effects are courtesy a Sony salesgirl -
- Like the buttons on the right side that can be used to jump to pages, and perhaps for other things.
- ePub Support.
The size and portability of the Sony Pocket Edition combines well with its $199 price to create an entry-level eReader that will appeal to a lot of people who can’t afford a $259 Kindle 2.
Here’s a rather haphazard video contrasting size –
Kindle Vs Sony Reader Pocket Edition – Kindle’s Advantages.
Once again, WhisperNet and the Kindle Store ride in to the rescue -
- 60 second book downloads.
- Better range of books and cheaper prices.
- Free Internet Access.
- Whispernet (wireless downloads for books) works in 81 countries. These countries get Free Wikipedia too and Amazon have said they’ll eventually get Free Internet.
- A larger 6″ screen – 5″ is too small.
- Read To Me is a great feature to have, although some authors turn it off.
- Kindle for PC and Kindle for iPhone. Kindle for Mac is slated to arrive in a few months.
- Syncing across different devices thanks to WhisperSync.
As in our previous comparison, the Kindle as a service totally overcomes the limitations of Kindle the device.
Thoughts on Kindle Vs Sony Reader Pocket Edition
The Kindle 2 and the Sony Reader Pocket Edition really are different devices.
The Pocket should come in at $150 given its total lack of wireless connectivity, expandability, etc. and at that price it would be a huge hit.
At $200, Sony 300 can’t compare with the features of the Kindle 2, which is definitely worth the extra $60. Just the free Internet, free wikipedia, and larger size are worth more than that.
Conclusion – Kindle 2 wins, Sony Pocket Edition sets a new bar for Screen Contrast and Pricing
The Kindle 2 wins, again relying on the wonder that is WhisperNet and its range of content.
Sony do set a new bar for pricing and screen contrast and put a ton of pressure on Amazon for Kindle 3.
Amazon really ought to figure out what deal Sony struck with the devil to get such excellent screen contrast.