Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Kindle 2.0 Features

If you're reading this, you probably already know that the Kindle 2.0 is available for pre-order (get yours here). Here are the highlights on the changes from the first generation Kindle:

  • 20% faster page turns.
  • Longer battery life.
  • The power and wireless switches have been moved - they're no longer on the back of the device.
  • The next page and previous page buttons are smaller.
  • Navigation has been improved
  • More internal memory.
  • Crisper screen.
There are a couple of maybe not-so-good changes. The battery can no longer be replaced by the user. The unit must be sent to Amazon for battery replacement. As I understand it, batteries will be replaced free of charge during the 1-year warranty period. After that, there will be a fee for the service. The other big change is that the Kindle 2 no longer has an external memory card slot. For some users, this will be a deal-breaker. If you have a lot of non-Amazon content, or if you use SD cards to sort your content, you might want to stick with the first-generation Kindle for a while longer.

1 comment:

  1. If I had known about the battery issue, I would have purchased Barnes Noble's Nook. Too late now I guess. Hope I like the Kindle 2 which should arrive about tomorrow for me.