Cracking Open the Amazon Kindle 2011

Cracking Open the Amazon Kindle 2011

Summary: Bill Detwiler cracks open the 2011 Amazon Kindle. Inside the pocket-sized e-reader, there's hardware from Freescale, SanDisk, Hynix, and Atheros.

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  • In late September 2011, Amazon launched it's long-awaited tablet--the Kindle Fire. At the same time, the company also introduced a three new Kindle e-ink readers--the Kindle, Kindle Touch, and Kindle Touch 3G.

    Last year, I cracked open Kindle Graphite and Kindle Graphite DX. This time around we'll be dissecting all three devices. And, we're starting with the 2011 Kindle.

    For a more in-depth review of the 2011 Kindle's internal hardware, check out my article, "Amazon Kindle (2011) Teardown: Faster Processor, fewer chips."

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
    Caption by: Bill Detwiler

  • As of this writing, the 2011 Amazon Kindle is available for $79 (with Amazon "Special Offers" advertising) and $109 (without advertising). Inside the box, you'll find the Kindle e-ink reader, USB cable, and quick start card.

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
    Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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  • RE: Cracking Open the Amazon Kindle 2011

    These things were likely not meant to be dissassebled by anyone. It's unlikely that a $79.00 electronic device sent in for repair will be "fixed." More likely a new unit will be shipped out as a replacement.
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  • Wow!

    Circuit boards, a battery, and a screen!

    Why even bother? What did they really expect to find?
    William Farrell
  • Kindle Twinkle ...err ....Fire

    Before you think of getting a Kindle Twinkle ???err???Fire, here's some limitations of it that you need to consider:
    - Kindle Fire doesn't have microSD slot that, for example, Nook Color has thus it is stuck with 6 GB usable internal storage unlike Nook Color that can get up to 32 GB card in. Kindles are made to be almost like a "dumb terminal" of the past to make sure you're tied up to Amazon's storage on the web (for which you need Wi-Fi connection to get to) and you can only store content you get from Amazon there, not other files. Quoting Amazon on Kindle Fire: "Free cloud storage for all Amazon content". Get it, Amazon content?
    - The stats of how long the battery can last (Kindle Fire theory is 8 hours) are taken with Wi-Fi off. You can only imaging how much less Kindle Fire battery will last if you use it to access content from their Cloud storage over Wi-Fi.
    - Amazon can spy on your web activity through their new cloud-integrated web browser of Kindle Fire.
    - VERY IMPORTANT ??? lack of microSD slot means that if you decide to root your Kindle Fire, you???ll have to root the actual device thus there will be no coming back. On Nook Color, you can make it boot from a ???rooted??? microSD card and if you want to get back to the original Nook you can just take out the card and reboot.
    - Kindle doesn't support eBooks in ePub format that is the most used format in the world.
    - Kindle app store contains only Amazon approved apps and it does not include (and will not include) Netflix app that iPad has and Nook Color is getting thus again you're stuck with Amazon content only.
    - Amazon confirmed that you cannot download anything to Kindle Fire when traveling abroad.
    I'd recommend waiting for a couple of weeks as Nook Color 2 is rumored to be released by Barnes & Noble.
    eco733
    • RE: Cracking Open the Amazon Kindle 2011

      @eco733 Hmmm . . . I have the feeling that the next version of the Kindle Fire will be much more capable . . . and even cheaper? I really want this to be a great tool for photographers on the go ( http://petersonlive.com/?p=486 ) to view, email and store photos in 'The Cloud." Let's see what happens.
      abqstyle
    • RE: Cracking Open the Amazon Kindle 2011

      @eco733
      As I understand from reading articles the kindle is able to run Hulu and Netflix
      The nook is the same as the kindle with two differences the sd card and the 16 gb storage,which i do not really need since I have a wi-fi hard drive which I can use .
      toberapture
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