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Good things come in small packages. Size matters. You can't judge a book by its cover. Pick your literary clich for Sony's diminutive Digital Reader Pocket Edition ($149.99 direct), they all fit. And the device itself will fit nicely in a purse, a jacket pocket, or even a back pocket (although that last one might be a little rough on the screen if you plan on sitting). Despite a somewhat-dated-looking menu system and the absence of wireless connectivity, the Pocket Edition is very readable digital companion. The first thing you notice about the Pocket Edition is just how small it is. The smallest e-book reader we've seen, the device measures 6.25 by 4.25 by 0.4 inches (HWD) and weighs just 7.8 ounces. Despite its size, it's the sleek and sturdy metal construction - a hallmark of Sony's products - that gives it a rock-solid feel in your hand. Our test sample was silver, but the Pocket Edition is also available in Rose (pink), and Navy Blue. The screen is just five inches diagonal, which, admittedly, may be a bit too small for some people. In my time testing e-book readers, I've found that it is easy enough to get accustomed to smaller displays; you just wind up turning pages more often.
The Sony Reader Pocket Edition delivers mainstream e-book features in a highly portable package at a great price. The Sony Reader Pocket Edition (PRS-300) is about as inexpensive as e-book readers corrently get: $199 for a slim gadget with a 5-inch, 8-grayscale E Ink screen. It lacks extras that some competitors (most notably the similarly priced Astak EZReader PocketPro) offer, and it's surprisingly heavy (7.75 ounces) for its petite dimensions (6.25 by 4.25 by 0.4 inches), but its top-flight design and usability amply compensate for the missing features. Like previous Sony Readers, the Pocket Edition comes in a metal case (most competitors use some sort of plastic), which may help explain its unexpected heft. But the silvery case felt great in my hands--a good thing, since the neoprene case is a slip-in pouch rather than a flip-open holder. Controls are simple and intuitive, starting with a big four-way navigation and selection wheel located in the center of the case, below the screen. The up and down buttons move a heavy black arrow through menus; the left (backward) and right (forward) buttons initiate page turns.