Originally Posted by DMcCunney
Apple has demonstrated with their product line that design sells. I agree the Kindle could look better, but I don't see questionable product design as being a serious factor at this stage. The market is still nascent. The question on the Kindle isn't how good it looks, but rather how easy it is to use. If you get one for your non-technical (or perhaps negative-technical) parents, can they download and read their newspaper, or get content from Amazon's store without calling you for assistance?
If they can, it's a winner. If not, it loses, regardless of how stylish the package is.
The Kindle has two other factors against it, though. One is its lack of availability in any physical store, making it pretty hard to check it out before you buy. And this impacts the second thing, which is its price, something a lot of people won't accept in a device that they cannot physically see or touch before they cough up the dough for it.
Unless Amazon either lowers the price to a more comfortable point, or announces that everyone can go see a Kindle at Best Buy or someplace, there will continue to be resistance against it.
WRT a keyboard and USB dongle for the 505, if the device could connect wirelessly to the web, you could use the keyboard to interact on websites (perhaps to buy more books). Or to e-mail authors and ask them why their books aren't available as e-books...