Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle was first introduced into the commercial market in the U.S. on November 19, 2007. It is a computer software and hardware device platform that is really catching on with the public. Amazon.com hired a subsidiary to develop it. The Kindle is used to display digital media and e-books. Since the Amazon kindle was first introduction an iPhone application, called Kindle for iPhone, was released for sale in March 2009. In May 2009, the Amazon Kindle DX was released. It has a larger screen than the first Kindle and can support PDF files natively. The international version with a built-in 3 G HSDPA and EDGE/GSM wireless modem} was released for sale in October 2009. The Amazon Kindle 2 international version can be used in over 100 countries.

The Amazon Kindle hardware device uses an electronic paper display. People can download e-books and other digital media content over Amazon Whispernet. The Kindle 2 international device uses AT&T’s international network. You do not need a computer to use the Kindle because you can download off of Whispernet in the U.S. and there is no fee to download. The Amazon Kindle actually gives you free access to the internet.

The Amazon Kindle DX is more suitable for displaying and reading newspapers and textbook content. You can get a free software download for reading your Kindle books on a Windows PC from Amazon too. The original Amazon Kindle was so wildly popular when it first came and was such a hot seller that they were not able to keep up with the demand for it for the first five months.

The original Kindle features a 6 inch 4-level grayscale display. It has a 250 MB internal memory and can hold up to 200 books, without illustrations. An SD memory card can be bought to expand the memory. The original Kindle is no longer for sale by Amazon however because it was replaced with the Amazon Kindle 2 when it came out. You can still download content for the original Kindle from Amazon though.

The Amazon Kindle 2 features a Freescale 532 MHz, ARM-11 90 nm processor. It also has 2 GB of internal memory and flash storage. It is can hold up to 1500 books without illustrations. Just recently, the newer Kindle DX is being sold by Amazon and the Kindle 2 has been discontinued. However, a firmware update for the Kindle 2 was released by Amazon that gives native PDF support and increased the battery life by about 85%.

The 3rd generation Kindle, called the Amazon Kindle DX, was introduced with an accelerometer that rotates pages from landscape to portrait orientations when it is tipped on its side. The Kindle DX has a 4GB memory and can hold about 3500 books without illustrations. The battery life on this device can last up to one week when using it wireless or up to two weeks when you are using it offline. It has a 9.7 inch display with 1200 x 824 pixel resolution. This is 2 and half times the size as the Kindle 2 screen. It supports PDF files and has built-in stereo speakers. It has Sprint EVDO connectivity. The Kindle DX is marketed to penetrate the $9.8 billion textbook market. In fact, Amazon has now announced that they are in partnership with 3 major textbook publishers and 5 universities have agreed to allow their students to test the Kindle DX.

People who have an Amazon Kindle device can download content from Amazon a few other providers that offer e-books etc, in the Kindle format. You can also go to the Amazon Kindle store and download content. The Amazon Kindle is also in competition with other e-paper devices like the Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook and CyBook by Bookeen. The price for the Amazon Kindle DX on their website right now is $489.

This Amazon Kindle Review is Written/Updated on Apr 7th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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