PocketBook Pro 902 review

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Amazon doesn’t sell its 9.7in Kindle DX in the UK and never has, so if you require a larger screen – for the consumption of technical PDF files, help documentation and so on – this is the only way to get it.

The Green Reader PocketBook Pro 902 features a 1,200 x 825 9.7in E Ink screen, and it’s a nicely made piece of equipment. It’s slim and light (only 570g), and the white and silver plastics both look and feel smart.

Fittingly, file format support is broad. Along with the usual suspects, the 902 supports CHM, DVJU, RTF, HTML, DOC, TCR and FB2 files. Elsewhere, the 902 is equally well specified.

PocketBook Pro 902 front

There’s onboard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, plus a web browser that allows you to download books directly to the device. It comes with 1,000 Gutenberg Project texts preloaded, has a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom for playing audiobooks, and there’s even an accelerometer that rotates the screen automatically.

It coped well with most of our test documents. A map-heavy academic text with a two-column layout, and a manual for a D-Link wireless router both displayed in a readable manner, without the need for zooming.

If you need to zoom in, the 902 also has a customisable column-reading view, akin to one found on Sony’s ebook readers, plus a reflow option that pulls out only the text and displays it full-screen. CHM files didn’t display cleanly, though: instead of frames, files were displayed flat and the result was a confusing mess.

PocketBook Pro 902 screen

There are further problems, too. First, the 902 feels sluggish to use. Page turns are glacial, with EPUB page turns taking a full two seconds. General navigation is just as slow and the onscreen keyboard is jaw-clenchingly frustrating.

Second, screen quality isn’t great, with text looking slightly greyer and the “white” background looking distinctly darker than the best in the Labs.

The PocketBook Pro 902 may yet appeal to some with its wide file format support, large PDF-friendly 9.7in screen, and huge range of features. But the high price and poor performance means that we can’t recommend it.


Screen size9.7in
Resolution825 x 1200
Colour screenno
eBook screen-refresh time2.0 seconds


Battery Life16,000 page turns
Integrated memory2.0GB
Memory-card typemicroSD


Dimensions132 x 11 x 182mm (WDH)

File format support

Plain textyes
Microsoft Wordno

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