Kindle's identity crisis

Kindle's identity crisis

Summary: ZDNet senior editor Sam Diaz briefs correspondent Sumi Das on the newest version of Amazon's electronic reader: what's changed, what hasn't, and just what exactly the online giant is trying to achieve with Kindle 2.


Topics: Hardware, iPhone, Mobility

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  • I Disagree: It's About the Screen

    I think overall you were very harsh on the Kindle, but the key feature or Niche the kindle is supposed to fill is for health. More specifically the health of your eyes. We stare at LCD screens all day this is a great alternative. I prefer not to look at LCDs all the time. If they had to sacrifice the screen for color or anything else it would be pointless. It also takes less energy. I also agree the price is too high. It should come in black.
    • It's like ZDNet employees can't grasp that concept

      The concept of an easy to read screen simply goes over their heads... :\
      • No, it goes deeper than that

        These buzzards are simply cheap buggers, period. Paying $360 for a Kindle is just incomprehensible to ZDNet and CNET "editors", therefore they complain about any and all aspects of the device. They don't understand that Amazon doesn't see themselves having to copy the PS3/360 business model, where the 'software' is supposed to be the moneymaker, not the hardware.

        Hell ZDNet, if you can't afford the thing then don't buy it. Simple as that. The "tech" press' continual whining is pathetic to an extreme.
  • RE: Kindle's identity crisis

    It's a book and document reader. It's not a computer and should not be a computer. My golf
    GPS gives me yardage to the green -- I don't want it to search the internet while I'm putting. Every device does not have to be an everthing device.
  • There already is a kindle iPhone app.

  • This is an incredibly bad bit of reporting

    Oh boy. Maybe Sam should have actually done a bit of research. The whole point of the Kindle is its liquid ink screen technology, which limits its use as a general purpose device. This is an incredibly bad bit of reporting. Maybe ZDNET needs to find a new senior editor.