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Old 10-04-2008, 09:09 AM   #31
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Old 10-04-2008, 09:39 AM   #32
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I don't think it is uglier, just more of the same oddness. I doubt that this is the real thing, however it wouldn't surprise me if it is. Something also tells me that it won't be cheaper and that is a shame. Instead of revamp I woud like to see Amazon come up with cheaper prices and lower end models to get more people to at least try e-books.

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Old 10-04-2008, 09:53 AM   #33
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This one could have a touch-screen couldn't it. The "ninja" might have avoided talking about that touch-screen functionality on purpose.

So you have both the joystick and a touch-screen with stylus for new and better navigation.
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:10 AM   #34
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No sale here.

Man, I just wish Amazon would offer the e-books for any device, and forget the Kindle. If this is the best design-work they can do, they'd be better off buying someone else's reader and rebranding it.
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:19 AM   #35
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So you have both the joystick and a touch-screen with stylus for new and better navigation.
If it had a touchscreen it is highly unlikely to also have a joystick. The joystick increases the odds of a prank, because the scroll wheel was successful and did not require screen updates but the joystick presumably requires (partial) screen updates to indicate the cursor location. On the other hand a joystick is probably cheaper than the scroll wheel.
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:36 AM   #36
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Ok, I think I've finally figured it out:

Very simply, both units are early prototypes, but Amazon decided to go with the other unit.

Problem solved - and NO soup for you.

NEXT!


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Old 10-04-2008, 11:46 AM   #37
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That was my guess,too, Dr. Drib. There's nothing 2.0 about this.
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:59 AM   #38
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There seem to be a few blurred bits in some of the images.

- Something on the back of the Kindle in this image.
- Something below "Page 1 of 1" on any pictures showing the front like here and here.

Could really read "My Fake Kindle" or maybe identifying info on who this Kindle prototype was assigned to.
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Old 10-04-2008, 12:32 PM   #39
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If there are going to be hundreds of thousands more books available to read on it, what's so ugly about it? (yeah, I know about the Sony promise; I only hope it becomes reality)
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Old 10-04-2008, 02:16 PM   #40
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If there are going to be hundreds of thousands more books available to read on it, what's so ugly about it? (yeah, I know about the Sony promise; I only hope it becomes reality)
When I say ugly, I don't really mean it is ugly vs. beautiful.
I put a bit different meaning into it.
It has huge margins around the screen.
It is white.
It has huge keyboard.

All of this makes it unacceptable gadget for reading books. So, I don't care how many books would be available on this particular gadget if when I read a book I hold in my hand something so monstrous. When I hold in my hands Sony Reader, I hold something that is almost like a printed book and that is what I need.
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Old 10-04-2008, 02:20 PM   #41
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When I say ugly, I don't really mean it is ugly vs. beautiful.
I put a bit different meaning into it.
It has huge margins around the screen.
It is white.
It has huge keyboard.

All of this makes it unacceptable gadget for reading books. So, I don't care how many books would be available on this particular gadget if when I read a book I hold in my hand something so monstrous. When I hold in my hands Sony Reader, I hold something that is almost like a printed book and that is what I need.
Okay, I completely agree with you, astra. (but i still want all those books from the Kindling Store at Amazon)

And I've learned that white really is a poor choice. I thought I'd buy the silver Sony when I upgraded to the 505 recently but in the store I compared the silver and "blue" and the dark blue was hands down easier to read. I was surprised. But I think you guys have been saying that here for months now. Perhaps I should listen next time.
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Old 10-04-2008, 02:26 PM   #42
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When I say ugly, I don't really mean it is ugly vs. beautiful.
I put a bit different meaning into it.
It has huge margins around the screen.
It is white.
It has huge keyboard.

All of this makes it unacceptable gadget for reading books. So, I don't care how many books would be available on this particular gadget if when I read a book I hold in my hand something so monstrous. When I hold in my hands Sony Reader, I hold something that is almost like a printed book and that is what I need.
I still want the keyboard, but other than that I agree with you completely.
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Old 10-04-2008, 03:44 PM   #43
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It's ugly. it's too big. It's looks like some kind of cheap "magic drawing tablet" for children.

My guess is that it's a fake, probably released by the Sony marketing department to push PRS-700 sales.
Or else Amazon's kindle designer is a secret undercover Astrak agent on a mission to sabotage their design effort.

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Old 10-04-2008, 03:53 PM   #44
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My guess is that it's a fake, probably released by the Sony marketing department to push PRS-700 sales.
Or else Amazon's kindle designer is a secret undercover Astrak agent on a mission to sabotage their design effort.
I'd buy that, if not for Kindle #1.
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Old 10-04-2008, 04:49 PM   #45
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It's ugly. it's too big. It's looks like some kind of cheap "magic drawing tablet" for children.

My guess is that it's a fake, probably released by the Sony marketing department to push PRS-700 sales.
Or else Amazon's kindle designer is a secret undercover Astrak agent on a mission to sabotage their design effort.
Me? I have no spies/agents anywhere...
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