Where For Art Thou Kindle 3?
James Mulroy, PC World May 30, 2010 11:25 am
For those of you who think that the Kindle’s 1/3 of an inch thick architecture is just too thick, you may be able to check out a new slimmer Kindle come August this year. According to a Bloomberg.com article, Amazon.com plans to introduce the next version of the Kindle electronic-book reader.
The Kindle is a fashionably slim e-book reader that weighs in at only 10.2 onces, or lighter than your typical paperback book. It has 3G Wireless worldwide, and an impressive paper-like display that truly looks like paper, even in bright light.
Besides the book-sized Kindle, Amazon markets a magazine-size Kindle DX. But apparently another model is in the works.
According to Bloomberg via two people who wish to remain anonymous, “The device will be thinner and have a more responsive screen with a sharper picture” and “The new Kindle won’t include a touchscreen or color.”
As a matter of fact, Amazon states that while color prototypes are in the works, they are not ready for production. The two people who wish to remain anonymous are reportedly close to Amazon’s plans but do not wish to be public because the plans are not yet public.
For an added bonus, the Kindle uses its state of the art e-paper technology, giving the Kindle up to a week of battery life with the Wi-Fi on (much shorter than the Apple iPad LCD screen competitor) and the delay between page turns will also be shortened in the new version.
2 thoughts on “Where For Art Thou Kindle 3”
The page turning of the current-gen Kindle doesn’t bother me. The previous version, which I tried out but didn’t own, was too slow and bugged the crap out of me. I do want an iPad (it has a Marvel comics app! *swoon*) but I don’t think it would replace the Kindle — I would see the Kindle going places with me where I think I will be able to read for a while.
Anyway it’s moot because any iPad money we may have had lying around has been spent on the dogs instead.
I don’t think the iPad will replace the Kindle either. The biggest problem with the iPad and even the Nook is that the backlighting causes eye strain after a few hours of reading, that is not a problem with the Kindle. I was disappointed though that the Kindle 3 (or what we have heard so far) has very few changes from the 2nd Gen. You would think they would make more of an effort to expand it’s features.
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