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Old 11-16-2007, 02:28 PM   #31
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Most of this has already been known.

I guess, if the list is all correct, the biggest "news" is that the device on the leaked photo will resemble the final product.
I'm flummoxed. Everyone's trying to make their gadgets sleeker and sexier. Fashion is actually important now in electronics design, and Amazon releases something that looks like a prototype from 1986? Wrong kind of retro.
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:30 PM   #32
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All righty, I'm officially wandering in the direction of the "I think it'll probably be announced Monday" camp.

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... looks like a prototype from 1986?
I still say '78 -- a la Original Battlestar Galactica.
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:34 PM   #33
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We've suspected EVDO, but CNet suspects Sprint. It apparently has Wi-Fi, too.
Isn't Sprint just Kindle's EVDO provider? I am skeptical about Wi-Fi. It would be a plus for places where Sprint isn't available, but it was not in the original FCC filing so far as I know.
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:37 PM   #34
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Isn't Sprint just Kindle's EVDO provider? I am skeptical about Wi-Fi. It would be a plus for places where Sprint isn't available, but it was not in the original FCC filing so far as I know.
Probably, yes.
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:37 PM   #35
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All righty, I'm officially wandering in the direction of the "I think it'll probably be announced Monday" camp.

I still say '78 -- a la Original Battlestar Galactica.
I've had a Radio Shack, binder attachable calculator ruler, circa 76.
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:50 PM   #36
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I am skeptical about Wi-Fi. It would be a plus for places where Sprint isn't available, but it was not in the original FCC filing so far as I know.
It's not -- not that a text search of the manual can turn up anyway. The interested can find the original manual here. But, they canceled that filing when it leaked, and presumably re-filed at some point, so who knows what was in the new filing?
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Old 11-16-2007, 03:09 PM   #37
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I was just looking back over the old manual and realized that it lists an alternate, "older" wireless format "1XRTT" that I don't recall ever hearing about (wikipedia has bupkiss on it).

I also note that the thing was supposed to take Audible.com (.AA) files natively. It also lists AZW (Amazon Whispernet, maybe?), PRC, MOBI, MP3 and TXT -- no RTF, interestingly, and I don't know, and rather doubt, if that PRC is anything other than MOBI.

Then there's still the issue of how much has the thing changed in it's year of seclusion?
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I was just looking back over the old manual and realized that it lists an alternate, "older" wireless format "1XRTT" that I don't recall ever hearing about (wikipedia has bupkiss on it).

I also note that the thing was supposed to take Audible.com (.AA) files natively. It also lists AZW (Amazon Whispernet, maybe?), PRC, MOBI, MP3 and TXT -- no RTF, interestingly, and I don't know, and rather doubt, if that PRC is anything other than MOBI.

Then there's still the issue of how much has the thing changed in it's year of seclusion?
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Old 11-16-2007, 04:21 PM   #39
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I was just looking back over the old manual and realized that it lists an alternate, "older" wireless format "1XRTT" that I don't recall ever hearing about (wikipedia has bupkiss on it)....
It's a slower data signal that, like EVDO, is part of the CDMA2000 standard. It was around for several years before EVDO arrived. Still used for slower devices and as a fall back outside EVDO areas.

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Old 11-16-2007, 06:20 PM   #41
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I'm still thinking that the original pic that we have isn't so horrible if it's color corrected. Granted, I guessed on the color correction, but when you take out that ugly tan color, is the design sooo terrible?

I think the ugly 1990's PC color from the photograph is what made look so nasty. But that it just my opinion!
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Old 11-16-2007, 06:23 PM   #42
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It looks like old calculator, we used 20 years ago.
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Old 11-16-2007, 06:26 PM   #43
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It looks like old calculator, we used 20 years ago.
Ok, that's a good point, but I think the pic also fails to show a good proportion. If it's pretty thin, I say it won't be so bad. If you look at the connectors on the bottom, it seems to be pretty slim.

I am going out on a limb and say that once we see better pics of it, it won't be near as fugly--even if they keep the same design.

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Old 11-16-2007, 06:39 PM   #44
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I admire, but do not share your optimism. I can only imagine what it's going to look like with the attached reading light, too.
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