Systems Engineering and RDBMS

Kindle – Take 2

Posted by decipherinfosys on February 15, 2009

A week back Amazon released the second version of Kindle.  Had been debating whether we should get one or not and after much deliberation, decided against it for a couple of reasons:

1) Price – $359.  We believe it is still pretty expensive and given the state of the economy, just could not justify this expense.
2) It still does not support Wi-Fi.  Can’t justify carrying another device in the bag despite it’s cool and slim design.
3) It is tied to a single wireless carrier – uses Sprint’s EVDO service (Whispernet).  If you live in an area where you do not have Sprint 3G coverage, use wires.  Also, if you travel outside of the US, you can’t use it for downloads.
4) We have iPhone and downloaded stanza which is a wonderful ebook application (however the coverage of the number of books is of course less but we believe it is just a matter of time before Lexcycle finalizes some deals with the publishing companies post which you will be able to do everything on iPhone the same way you do on Kindle).

What did attract me towards Kindle 2 were the enhancements that Amazon has done to the device – seven times more memory, faster page refreshes, advanced eInk capabilities, better battery life, has a text to speech feature, better storage and is much more sleek than it’s previous version.  But it still doesn’t justify the high price due to the limitations/shortcomings mentioned above.  Maybe Kindle 3 will…

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