Original Kindle and Kindle 2 Comparison

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A comparison between the Original Kindle E-reader and the Kindle 2 

Battery

Original Kindle: The battery is replaceable by the user. however the battery has been on back order for some time now.  Many users complain that the battery door will come open during use.  The battery will typically last one week without charging if the wireless is turned off.  Cannot charge via USB

Kindle 2: The battery is not replaceable by the  user.  Amazon has not indicated whether it will offer a replacement service.  The battery will typically last about 2 weeks without charging if the wireless is turned off.  Can charge via USB.

Memory

Original Kindle:  Holds up to 200 books in its internal memory.  Has an SD card expansion slot to hold additional books.

Kindle 2:  Holds up to 1500 books, but has not expandable memory.

Whispernet

Original Kindle: high-speed data network (EVDO)

Kindle 2: 3G Wireless access

Design:

Original Kindle:  Large buttons on either side to turn pages.  Some users have complained that it is easy to accidentally hit the next page button because of where it is placed.  Low tech scroll wheel for selecting text.  Slightly slanted keys in a querty format.

Kindle 2: Page turning buttons are still located on either side, but now flex inward to avoid accidental page turns.  Uses new 5-way controller to select and highlight text.

Size:

Original Kindle: 10.3 ounces.  7.5 ” x 5.3″ x .7″

Kindle 2″ 10.2 ounces, 8″ x 5.3″ x .36″

Screen:

Original Kindle:  6″ diagonal e-ink, 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 4 level gray scale

Kindle 2: 6″ diagonal e-ink, 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 16 level gray scale

Additional Kindle 2 Features:

Text to speech capabilities

Page turns are 20% faster

Now has full image zoom

Can limit search to the book you are reading

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