Sunday, October 05, 2008
First Shots of the Kindle 2.0?
Boy Genius has what are purported to be the first shots of the Kindle 2.0. (See his photo gallery here.) Overall, the design looks more rounded, a non-split keyboard, and... larger??? That's a disappointing surprise. I would have expected Amazon to have hired new designers to make the device smaller and more streamlined. It also looks like they've replaced the scroll-wheel with the much-loved navigation pane on the right with a joystick -- another surprising move. If initial speculation is correct, Amazon also eliminated the SD card slot and the removable battery. Two more strange moves.
I hope this is not the actual unit or that there will be a major software upgrade to go along with it. (Amazon, please include the ability to read PDF files.) Overall, this is a bit of a disappointment to see. I wish Amazon would take a design class from Sony or Apple. Currently Amazon wins the function wars of eBook readers, but Sony is winning on form.
As I mentioned earlier, I am out visiting family this weekend and so haven't been blogging much. This gave Ali a chance to scoop me on this story, despite a reader linking to this in a comment on my Sony Reader post on Friday.