It may have taken longer than expected, but a replacement for the Kindle 2 has arrived. The addition of Wi-Fi and an aggressive $139 starting price make the new eReader a formidable upgrade.
The new Kindle is 21 percent smaller and 15 percent lighter than the Kindle 2, great for those like me who enjoy reading in bed. Even with a smaller form factor, the familiar 6-inch screen is still present with 50% better contrast (same as the Kindle DX). Improved contrast and font rendering aren't particularly noticeable for books, partly because it was never an issue with the Kindle 2, but the changes are nice for reading newspapers. The internal memory was doubled to 4GB, capable of holding roughly 3,500 books. A $189 Wi-Fi plus 3G model and $139 Wi-Fi only model will be available for pre-order today.