Kindle 2: $359, Thinner, More Storage and It Reads to You

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The leaked information had it right. Here are the full details on Amazon's new Kindle 2:

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New Functions
• "Whispersync" to sync Kindle, Kindle 2 and other devices wirelessly
• Text to speech (yes, it will read to you)

Price
• $359 on February 24

Form
• 8" x 5.3" x 0.36".
• "25 percent thinner than the iPhone"
• 10.2 ounces
• New 5-way controller
• 3.5mm audio jack
• USB 2.0

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Display
• 6" diagonal E-Ink®
• 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi
• New E-Ink features 16 shades of grey

Battery Life
• Battery life has been increased by 25 percent
• Read for 4 days straight with EVDO on, 2 weeks EVDO off

Storage
• 2GB, or 7 times more storage than the first Kindle, or 1,500 books

Performance
• 20 percent faster page turning

Formats supported
• Kindle (AZW), TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively
• PDF, HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion

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And you can pre-order it from Amazon now.

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DISCUSSION

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Geo Metro Man

I can't see $359 for it as it does not do enough to justify the price. For that kind of money, I could get an EEE PC and a tablet/touchscreen conversion kit and have much more. As for 2 weeks of battery life, that's great, but some netbooks have 8 or 9 hours of battery life, and I can't see needing to be away from a charger longer than that. I am sure if I look long enough I could find a text to speech conversion program to download free off the 'net, and then it makes no sense at all to buy a Kindle. As fro reading off a computer screen, I have read several books in PDF format (1984, A Brave New World, Etc.) off my current 17 in laptop with no issues. It's actually nicer on a laptop as I don't have to hold the book up, just put the screen in the right position and put it on my lap while I lay in bed.

Overall, a nice idea, but it does not add enough functionality to warrant the price.