E-book The updated reader turns pages and headsAMAZON KINDLE 2
The second Kindle riffs on some old Apple design tricks — all smooth, white curves and brushed metal. Alas, in its rush to be more beautiful, it’s dumped some of the cool features we first fell in love with; the removable battery has been removed for good, as has the SD slot and the original scroll wheel.
Forget the hype about a faster screen; the six-inch, e-ink display takes just as long to flick through pages and while images benefit from 16-shade greyscale — bumped up from four — the text appears softer, with less contrast. Browsing and buying books, magazines, newspapers and blogs over the Kindle’s 3G link is still incredibly simple. New titles don’t come cheap — they’re around £10 a pop — but you can now share them across Whispersync.
This means you can purchase a book on your Kindle and read it on your iPhone, should you so desire — that’s progress of a kind.
The Kindle’s Achilles heel remains web browsing. Painfully slow, you could get through a decent chunk of War and Peace in the time it takes to load complex PDFs. Text-to-speech is now included, but it sounds unsettlingly like a satnav — “At the next plot twist, turn the page.”
Only slight improvements, then, but the Kindle wasn’t in need of a massive rethink — it’s a great gadget. You can mull over the wisdom of buying an electronic book that costs the same as around 40 normal books as you wait for it to hit the shelves, later this year. Look up www.amazon.com
Price: Rs. 18,000Specifications
Battery: Two weeks
with Wi-Fi off
Wi-Fi, 7.2Mbps HSDPA
The K2 swaps its boxy corners, removable battery and card slot for a new sleek, streamlined look
Turn any of Amazon’s 240,000 e-books into audiobooks with the new text-to-speech function
The upgraded, 16-tone greyscale, e-ink display, looks fresh, but there’s still flicker between pages
Page navigation is easier with smaller, more sensitive buttons. We miss the scroll wheel, though
Whispersync keeps your library brimming, letting you share books between