Amazon's 'Kindle 2' spotted in the wild
Rounder, thinner, flatter
Amazon clearly isn’t about to sit back and let Sony’s latest Reader hog all the limelight. It's no surprise, then, that pictures of the online retailer’s updated Kindle have appeared online.
Hitch-hiker's Guide: Amazon's second go at the Kindle
Images courtesy of BGR
According to a report by BGR, the new model sports rounder, smoother edges, and it’s been made slightly flatter. However, it's slightly longer and wider as a result.
Will Apple fans flock to the chrome-look backing?
Amazon has chosen to move away from the split button layout found on the original Kindle and grouped the keys together on its latest model. A joystick has replaced the scroll wheel used on first model. The retailer’s also decked Kindle 2’s rear out in with an iPod Touch-style chrome backing.
It’s claimed that Kindle 2 can be charged through a mini USB connection. Sadly, the SD memory card slot has been removed in favour of on-board storage, with the pictured machine showing 1403MB remaining.
Amazon’s yet to speak up over the existence and full technical specifications of the so-called 'Kindle 2'.
Good for Kindling, perhaps
So fugly that chopping it up could only enhance its aesthetic appeal. The Sony 700 is looking better and better, especially since the Kindle's "connectivity" is utterly moot this far from the Benighted States of America.
"Its a reader, if you want to type get a bloody UMPC."
I don't want to type volumes, but a search facility is very useful. That's the main reason I'm still using my smartphone. Kindle - great search (searches entire LIBRARY, not just one book) but proprietary, Sony more open - but no seasrch at all. Both comment apply to existing models, may well change on version x+1
a solutiuon looking for a problem
They need to price the books reasonably or even offer the e-book as an extra for when you buy the paper version. Right now you'd have to buy a lot of books to make up the difference. Also wonder what do they do when the book comes out in paperback, reduce the price of the e-book accordingly? After all at least with a hardback as well as getting the book earlier you could argue you are getting more for your money.
Having just finished a large 900+ hardback during my daily commute then size does matter in this case, this thing looks to have way to much wasted space. Seems to me like you might even have a need for different size readers a fiction version and a text book version for example.
The wi-fi seems a good idea as someone already said this sounds like a great device for subscription content, magazines or newspapers, though I'd have thought decent graphics and colour screens will be needed first.
Have the Sony, have a Kindle, soon to have a Kindle2
I bought the Sony Reader when it first came out and tolerated it. I thought the Kindle1 was about the ugliest piece of consumer electronics I've ever seen, but still bought it; and I haven't used the Sony Reader since. The Kindle1 is much better than the Sony Reader, and I have enough faith in Amazon that I expect the Kindle2 to be better still.
For Joe K, yes I have wanted a book badly enough that I couldn't wait to get home. Especially when I've been travelling, or when someone recommends a book to me. And the wireless thing is fantastic for newspaper/magazine subscriptions.
Yes, I wish the Kindles were better looking, but at least they are spending more energy on the things that matter than they are wasting on making it pretty.
Have to say...
This looks better to me than the first Kindle. But it is still horrible. Which gives you an idea of my appreciation of the looks of the first Kindle, I suppose...