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Old 01-14-2011, 01:14 PM   #1
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350 or 650? Which one is better?

I'm going to upgrade my 300 because I want more storage space, so I have it listed on Craiglist. Now I can't decide which one I want? I don't listen to music when I read or audio books, so I guess the biggest difference is the size of the screen. I love my 300, so the 350 should be the best unless there is something I am missing.
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:02 PM   #2
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The 650 also takes SDCards. So there are three major differences:

Screen size
Audio
SDCardslot
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Size is the biggest difference. I like the bigger screen of the 650 and still find the reader small enough to easily stow away.

I think the only other difference is the 650 has expandable memory through SD cards. Of course, with 2GB internal, that's not so much of a factor.

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Old 01-14-2011, 02:08 PM   #4
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I had read that the 350 has a sharper character display.
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I had read that the 350 has a sharper character display.
Same resolution but on a smaller display. Same effect as watching a Youtube video full screen vs native size. That's an exaggeration but same principle.
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:19 PM   #6
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I read most 650 books at medium; occasionally, I darken the background to get better contrast. I'd almost be tempted to get a 950, to read in landscape split screen mode.
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I have a 505 and a 350. Whenever I leave the house I take the 350 because of it's small size. At home I read the 505 because of it's larger size.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:14 PM   #8
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I read the 650 on the small font setting and have no issues with contrast or sharpness of the font. Mind you, I haven't actually seen a 350 in operation, but I can't help but think a little too much is being made of the increased sharpness of the 350 over the 650. Yes, I'm sure there is a difference, but does it really matter when you're READING and not scrutinizing the technology? I doubt it

The same thing happens to me with my photography. I'll agonize and create various versions via different processing methods, but when I step back and just LOOK at the image, the details I laboured over fade to the background and all the versions look pretty much the same.

I took a few paper books and read them. Then, I read on the 650. After that, I compared side-by-side. Verdict? If you can handle reading any given paper book, the 350 or 650 ain't gonna be a problem as far as sharpness and contrast is concerned.

As for which is better, that's going to come down to the features you need, or think you want. All I can say is that I'm thrilled with the 650 and would purchase another in an instant.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:27 PM   #9
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The 650 is just over 2 ounces heavier. Not that 7.58 oz is heavy... but there are times I wouldn't mind having a slightly smaller, lighter reader than my 650.

edit: Just realized I have a 600, not a 650. My 600 at 10.1 oz is almost twice the weight of the 350 at 5.47 oz.

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Old 01-16-2011, 09:27 PM   #10
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I am cruelly and manifestly biased in favor of the charming PRS-350 through nothing more than the whimsy of chance ownership.

Having said that: the size and quality of the screen on the 350 make it both pleasurable and versatile. I do love 6 inch models but find myself gamboling (frequently!) with the 5 inch 350 while the 6 inch models must dream on.
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:26 AM   #11
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I love the 350 because it's so easy to carry with me.
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:22 AM   #12
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It seems most people think the 350 is more portable. I have a 300 right now.

Here is how they compare in size:

300: 6.25 x 4.25 x .4

350: 5.71 x 4.11 x .4

650: 6.61 x 4.68 x .38

Seems like the 300 is kind of right in the middle of the sizes and I know I love the size.

Has anyone else seen a big difference in the sizes that makes the 650 not an alternative?
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:34 AM   #13
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The only thing matters is if you want to read a4 size pdf. If no, 360 should be better for portable reading, if you want to read a4 pdf, 950 is best choice.
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Old 01-20-2011, 04:06 PM   #14
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650 size and audio

I did some drawing out of measurements and the 300 is right in the middle of the 350 and 650, and I don't see how the 650 is so cumbersome by its size. There is a huge difference in screen size though.

Does anyone use the audio function on the 650 when they are not reading?
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:51 PM   #15
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I went from a 600 to a 350. When I was first in the market, I disliked that the 300 did not have a touch-screen or dictionary, and now with the change to the 350 it has both. I will say, I did not realize at the time the 350 does not have the psp charger option and I miss that.

I have big hands and I actually prefer the smaller reader. It is so light and easy to hold in one hand and all the readers seem too small for me to comfortably hold with two, so I actually find it easier to go smaller and lighter.

I also take the 350 around with me more than I did the 600 because of how easy I can pocket it.

It really just comes down to preference, go to a shop and take a look at them.

My biggest gripe is the new stylus is not a nice as the old 600 one.
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