Kindle, New Amazon.com E-book reader
Posted by Hari Saryono on 6 March 2009
Imagine this situation. You’re going to a mountain camping in an exotic area for about a week. Of course, the night is very quiet, and you’re not sleepy yet. You want to read some books to kill your time.
It’s very impractical to take many books in your travelling bag. It’s fully loaded with your one week supplies The best option is a laptop. But laptop need electricity. Battery lasts for about 2 days in normal usage, and after that.. welcome back to stone age.
In that situation, all you need to take is KINDLE, a new gadget by Amazon.com.
What Kindle is?
Kindle designed to provide an exceptional reading experience. Thanks to electronic paper, a revolutionary new display technology, reading Kindle’s screen is as sharp and natural as reading ink on paper—and nothing like the strain and glare of a computer screen. Kindle is also easy on the fingertips. It never becomes hot and is designed for ambidextrous use so both “lefties” and “righties” can read comfortably at any angle for long periods of time.
Kindle is completely mobile and simple to use for everyone, because of it’s wireless technology. No PC and no syncing needed. Using the same 3G network as advanced cell phones, Amazon deliver the content using their wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet. Unlike WiFi, customer will never need to locate a hotspot. There are no confusing service plans, yearly contracts, or monthly wireless bills—you can just read.
With Whispernet, customer can be anywhere, think of a book, and get it in one minute. Similarly, the content automatically comes to customer, wherever they are. Newspaper subscriptions are delivered wirelessly each morning. Most magazines arrive before they hit newsstands. Haven’t read the book for tomorrow night’s book club? Get it in a minute. Finished your book in the airport? Download the sequel while you board the plane. Whether you’re in the mood for something serious or hilarious, lighthearted or studious, Kindle delivers your spontaneous reading choices on demand.
And because we can’t judge a book by its cover, Kindle lets you download and read the beginning of books for free. This way, you can try it out—if you like it, simply buy and download with 1-Click, right from your Kindle, and continue reading. Want to try a newspaper as well? All newspaper subscriptions start with a risk-free two-week trial.
Kindle’s paperback size and expandable memory let us travel light with library. With the freedom to download, when you want, hope you’ll never again find yourself stuck without a great read.
Kindle 2.0 Technical Specification
This describes the Amazon Kindle Reader. The Kindle 2.0 isn’t released yet – when it is I’ll update this to reflect the specs of both versions. For now, this has the technical specifications for the Kindle Reader. At the bottom of this article is a table that lists all details. The ones of interest are –
- Kindle Reader has an eInk screen that is 600 by 800 pixels. It’s a 6″ diagonal E-Ink® electronic paper display, with a resolution at 167 ppi, 4-level gray scale.
- Battery Life: Leave wireless on and recharge every other day. Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage. Charge Time: Approximately 2 hours
- USB Port: USB 2.0 (mini-B connector) to optionally connect to a PC or Macintosh computer
- Audio: 3.5mm stereo audio jack, rear-mounted mono speaker.
- 1 year limited warranty and service. Also, you can return your Kindle for a full refund within 30 days.
- Kindle runs on the Linux kernel.
- The kindle reader come with 64MB Ram, a 256 MB internal storage of which only 180 MB is available and can hold about 200 books.
- The eReader has an SD card slot and 4GB SDHC cards have been shown to work.
- Kindle eBook Reader supports 4 ebook formats – Kindle format .azw, Plain Text .txt, and unprotected MobiPocket i.e. .mobi and .prc. The Kindle also supports audible audiobook files .aa, and .mp3 files.
- The music player plays files in random order.
- Amazon Whispernet uses Sprint’s EVDO network to provide wireless delivery of books and free internet access.
- Very lightweight – 292 grams. Weight: 10.3 ounces.
- Compact Size – 19.1 cm height, 13.5 cm width, and 1.8 cm thickness. Size (in inches): 7.5″ x 5.3″ x 0.7″.
In summary, the Amazon Kindle eBook Reader is an impressive device. Please do your research before buying a Kindle.
Detailed Technical Specifications Table for the Kindle Reader –
|Available||November 19, 2007|
167 ppi resolution,
19.1 × 13.5 cm,
LCD side scroller.
|Operating system||Linux (2.6.10 kernel). The device runs on a modified version of Linux based on the 2.6.10 kernel.|
|Memory||64 MB RAM,
256 MB (180 MB available) internal storage,
SD expansion slot.
Complete back up archive of all purchased material archived on Amazon Cloud.
|Networks||Amazon Whispernet. Wireless Connectivity to the internet with an experimental browser.|
|Connectivity||EVDO/CDMA AnyDATA wireless modem, USB 2.0 port (mini-B connector),
3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, built-in speaker,
AC power adapter jack.
|Battery||3.7V, 1530mAh lithium polymer, BA1001 model. Edit: A full day battery backup, in case of wireless usage while with no wireless, the battery can last for a week. Charging time is two hours.|
|Physical size||19.1 × 13.5 × 1.8 cm|
|Media capabilities||Kindle (.azw),
Plain text (.txt),
Unprotected Mobipocket (.mobi, .prc),
|Reference||Wireless Access to Wikipedia and an in-built dictionary.|