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Officially announced on February 9th 2009, the Amazon Kindle 2 is the second generation Amazon Kindle e-book reader.

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Pros

easy to read ePaper display

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improved battery life (25%) - up to two weeks of use on a single charge

10 agree

thinner than the previous generation model

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2GB of internal storage (700x that of the original) - over 1,500 books

10 agree

encourages reading and learning in the age of new media

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no need for a PC, WiFi or subscription service for fresh downloads

8 agree

no longer US only (now available in over 100 counties)

7 agree

now a lot more attractive at $259

7 agree

exact same price as the last generation model

7 agree

16-level gray scale - 4x more shades

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pages turn 20% faster

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firmware update (Nov 24 2009) boosts battery life by 85% - over 7 days with WiFi enabled added

3 agree

New firmware gives PDF support

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very lightweight, not top heavy - lighter than the average book

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KDK (Kindle Development Kit) released for 3rd party application development

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Slim and very lightweight

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

no external storage (Amazon removed the original Kindle's SD card reader)

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no PDF support

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still too expensive for mass adoption

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no removable battery (the original Kindle had this)

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not available outside of the USA

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no WiFi

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slow page flip

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Quite slow at times while reindexing books

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no touch screen

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no Internet browser

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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Officially announced on February 9th 2009, the Amazon Kindle 2 is the second generation Amazon Kindle e-book reader. Featuring the ability for users to download and read digital media over the cellphone tower based Amazon Whispernet, users are not tied down to using a PC or hunting for wireless networks. The service is free to use and allows users to some free media, as well as the ability to subscribe to newspapers ($5.99 - 14.99/month), magazines ($1.25 - 3.49/month) or blogs ($0.99 - 1.99/month), or to purchase full books (most New York Times bestsellers are offered for $9.99). Available for pre-order immediately for shipment later this month, the device costs $359. Updates below.

In October 2009, Amazon slashed the price of the US version of the Kindle 2 to just $259. It also released the device in over 100 other countries for a price of $279.

 

Features

Identical to an image of the device leaked in October, the Kindle 2 features many improvements over its predecessor at the exact same cost:

  • 2GB of internal storage (700x that of the original)
  • improved battery life of up to two weeks on a single charge (25% more than the original
  • 16 displayable shades of gray (4x the original)
  • 20% faster page turning
  • new text-to-speech feature - 3 speeds in a male or female voice
  • 8″ x 5.3″ x 0.36″, weighs about 10 ounces -  "25% thinner than the iPhone"
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