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Amazon kindle 2, the next generation wireless reading device has arrived and will be officially released on February 24th…I can’t wait to see if it lives up to the hype.
To get yours hands the device, you will have to order quickly, join the line and wait. Just how long you will have to wait is not yet clear. One thing is sure, though, the line is getting long very fast.
It’s been just over a year since Amazon launched the initial, Kindle 1. Since its launch, many bought into it and became early adopters.
Yet, the device was not without many flaws including clumsiness – not being able to hold it without inadvertently turning the page, not having wireless access in some areas, and the delayed reaction associated with turning the pages.
This hardly seem to justify the initial $400 price tag slapped on it, which later became $359. This, of course, did nothing to deter buyers many of whom wanted to be a part of the revolution – a new and easy way to access and read materials on the go.
Many agree that turning out Kindle 2 at this time is a great idea. After all, it’s been the topic of debate for quite some time. However, they were hoping that Amazon would consider allowing them to trade in their “old” kindle 1 for the new and improved Kindle 2 at a much reduced price. Will this happen? I don’t think so.
For now, if you want to get Kindle 2, you will have to fork out another $359, even if you are an early adopter… I guess this means that you will just have to stack them up, each time a new generation comes out…unless of course Amazon decide to work something out.
At this rate, you may even see a new generation Kindle at the turn of each year…who knows.
In any case, I am still going to get one.
So, what does this new device offer?
From my understanding, it still provide the convenience of reading what you want, when you want it.
You can still have immediate wireless access to books all delivered in less than 60 seconds…from the Kindle store of course…and its free.
Also, it still can “disappear” in your hands so you get lost in the author’s words.
New and Improved Features
* Sleek and slim – just over1/3 of an inch (size of most magazines)
* Seven times more storage and holds over 1,500 titles
* Improved display provides crisper images and text – now boasts 16 shades of gray.
* Faster Page turning – 20% faster.
* Longer battery life- 25% more.
* New “Text-to-Speech“ features means Kindle can even read out loud to you.
Present Kindle owners are given priority to be the first to get their hands on the next generation Amazon Kindle 2 device, but must order before midnight on February 10th. You don’t want to miss this…I am off to get mine.
More hands-on analysis later…
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