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Old 11-25-2008, 10:54 AM   #16
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:58 AM   #17
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On one hand I agree with Nate's comment that Amazon wouldn't piss off all the people that are buying a Kindle 1.0 now. On the other hand new devices are being developed, so Amazon will be forced to upgrade their device at some point. In particular, the Plastic Logic device looks really promising, and they claim they are going to release it in the first half of next year.

I hope the next Kindle looks something like the Plastic Logic device. I want a big screen that is capable of displaying a full sized textbook page as a PDF -- I also want direct support of PDFs. I want something thin and light like the Plastic Logic device. A touch screen would also be cool, especially if I can change pages by just swiping my thumb across the edge of the screen (like turning a real book's page).

I simply can't believe that the device displayed in the pictures is going to be the next version of the Kindle. Let's say that they release this thing as Kindle 2.0 in Q1 then in Q3 they release a Kindle 3.0 that is something like I just described. THAT would really piss off some customers.

Plus, I remember reading a couple of months ago a quote that described the new Kindle by saying, "They went from generation one to generation four or five." The device pictured is not generation 4 or 5, it's generation 1.0 beta.
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I find it troubling that they wouldn't want to release it before Christmas, if indeed it's "just" software-related. The current prospects of the economy aren't rosy, so a little boost in Christmas sales couldn't hurt Amazon, could it?
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:03 AM   #19
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A touch screen would also be cool, especially if I can change pages by just swiping my thumb across the edge of the screen (like turning a real book's page).
I actually like that I only have to make a small movement with my thumbs to change the page. Makes it much easier to use one-handed. Swiping pages seems like it would be slower.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:04 AM   #20
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I find it troubling that they wouldn't want to release it before Christmas, if indeed it's "just" software-related. The current prospects of the economy aren't rosy, so a little boost in Christmas sales couldn't hurt Amazon, could it?
With the wait for delivery being 11-13 weeks, I think they have a big boost.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:06 AM   #21
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With the wait for delivery being 11-13 weeks, I think they have a big boost.
Heh, well, yeah, there is that. Of course they would have to make sure to have sufficient Kindle 2.0s in stock.
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:08 PM   #22
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I can see the next Kindle still doesn't look good!
I'd still prefer my sony over this model!
Is this a real picture of how it's going to look like?

The plastic Logics reader only got the price against them... Big issue!
I think we'll see them from as soon as the economy stabilizes a bit!

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Old 11-25-2008, 01:09 PM   #23
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I'm hoping and praying that someway, somehow, one of the new Kindles works internationally. I'm sure there are lots of people around the world who would like a whispernet of their own!
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:14 PM   #24
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Do you remember the discussions before the first Kindle was released? We had the picture for a long time before the product was announced. But we all agreed that it couldn't possible look like that! Now with that experience behind us, the next generation's range of of potential styles is really wide open. But surely there's a reason... I can't believe it's being designed by first year engineering students.
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:07 PM   #25
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Do you remember the discussions before the first Kindle was released? We had the picture for a long time before the product was announced. But we all agreed that it couldn't possible look like that! Now with that experience behind us, the next generation's range of of potential styles is really wide open. But surely there's a reason... I can't believe it's being designed by first year engineering students.
I'm not sure it's designed at all. Unless maybe it's suppose to spearhead a whole new generation of designs: "The ugly but functional school of gadget designs" .
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rounded off edges makes indeed look like some sort of apple designer got busy there...

Once you start looking at it,designing isn't an easy thing!
We've all been spoiled in the latest years by great design cars, computers, laptops...

seeing this kindle, makes me think back on the '80 and '90's when everyone was driving a square car, and computers where all yellowed out white plastic (some more yellow than others).

The screen boarder looks almost as big as the screen itself!
I like flat designs, but they should also come with a tiny border.
EeePc 901 has one of the best LCD borders around the screen;tiny, lovely, & expensive looking!
A big border makes it look like some sort of Fisher Price/Mattel design!

*Edit: Talking of Mattel,maybe I'm getting older, but lately I haven't heard much about it anymore...*

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Old 11-25-2008, 04:59 PM   #27
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Well if the alleged Kindle 2.0 design is real, and they use the same basic design for the larger screened Kindle for students, then the student Kindle may be able to be pressed into use for a dorm room coffee table top.
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:23 PM   #28
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Well if the alleged Kindle 2.0 design is real,
Gosh... I have said this before... I doubt this. Then again, the original Kindle everyone doubted to. However, I did not. I saw nothing wrong with the design. This one, though as people say, seems a step back from the current no matter the design.

I know we see alot of so called "Apple" leaks and very few of them have come to be true, but a few have.

So, we will see.

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Old 11-25-2008, 05:30 PM   #29
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I doubt it as well, BOb. I just cannot imagine Amazon being that stupid.
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So, does it come with Leopard OS,or Os X?
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