Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Kindle 2

One of the biggest announcements recently was the Amazon Kindle 2. The original Kindle was release several years ago. It was an interesting piece of technology, but was limited by several factors. It had no backlight, you were limited to books that you could only download from Amazon, no support for pdf files, limited storage, and those are just a few.

So when Amazon announced the specs for the Kindle 2, I was excited to see some of the features. It has a better screen and is easier to read. It has wireless built in, so you can actually download books without a computer. It even has the ability to 'whispersync' with both new & old Kindles. In the fine print it even says other wireless devices not yet named. It is lighter and smaller than the old Kindle.

One of the most interesting features is that it will have text-to-speech built into the device. While most people say that it is a poor quality voice, it is a first step. The price is a little steep, $359.

This price actually leads me to my final issue with the Kindle while it seems like a great device, I wonder if it's worth purchasing when you can get a netbook for between $250 - $400 which has the same capabilities or better, but that is a post for another day.

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