Kindle 2 is an evolutionary improvement over its predecessor, thinner with improved battery life, with increased levels of greyscale (16, previously 4) approximately 7 times the storage (1.7GB usable, versus 180MB) and text-to-speech capabilities. The device still sells for $359.00.
Kindle 2 does not come with a case, unlike its predecessor. Instead, a number of 3rd party cases are being made available for purchase on launch.
The Kindle 2, full profile shot.
The Kindle 2 is significantly thinner than its predecessor.
Text to speech capability is built into the unit. The Kindle can now read books to you, in a voice not unlike Steven Hawking's.
The screen is extremely clear to read, even in full sun glare.
The screen can invert to white on black for high contrast reading.
Kindle 2 has a more streamlined look than its predecessor.
Will every executive or busy traveller covet and acquire a Kindle 2, even in our recession economy?
The back of the Kindle is now metallic.
Kindle 2 now utilizes a "bubble" or "chicklet" keyboard, evocative of the 1980's Speak & Spell toy. A joystick now replaces the scroll controller.
The improved greyscale screen now permits much more realistic representation of newsprint photos and graphics.