We've playing with the spankin' new Kindle 2 right now. Check out our impressions, photos and video here, updating live.

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‚ÄĘ Hey, it's downright iPod Touchy. Nice rounded aluminum back with a plastic top. Will it stay on the toilet seat?
‚ÄĘ Controls are almost exactly the same as Kindle 1, just slightly re-arranged, for the better. You can still page forward from both sides. Although now, with more non-button room on the sides, you can definitely pick it up without turning the page. They nailed the buttons.
‚ÄĘ What we're really sad about: the Sparklemotion scrolling indicator is gone. Nooo! Now, as you scroll through lists, the active choice gets a black underline. It's not as slow as turning pages, but nowhere near as fast as the magical sparkle pixie trapped inside of Kindle 1. It definitely makes the overall experience a little more sluggish-feeling.
‚ÄĘ The refresh is faster, but not super-noticeably so. It could definitely be zippier still, despite the ads saying it's just like turning a page. I don't turn pages that slow, except when I'm reading like, Deleuzian theory.
‚ÄĘ The display is definitely crisper, and the book covers are a lot prettier, for black and white anyway. We wish it was a little bigger‚ÄĒit's the same size as the original‚ÄĒand there's definitely some room for it.

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‚ÄĘ The overall handfeel is a lot nicer. While part of me loves the snowspeeder original, this just feels better in your hand, and it obviously looks a lot slicker. Though at the same time, that iPod-like slickness is a bit less daring than the original.
‚ÄĘ UI wise, it looks very, very similar to Kindle 1. Aside from the change in scrolling lists (sans Sparklemotion), it's all very very similar.
‚ÄĘ Storage is hefty at 2GB - that's 1500 books Amazon claims, more than I can see any human ever actually needing at one time. Probably the smallest chip the factory could get their hands on.
‚ÄĘ Web browsing and MP3s are still relegated to the "experimental" menu, and browsing seems equally awkward. Although images do look prettier.

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Here's a quick run-through on video: