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Initial post: May 5, 2009 10:20:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2009 10:22:57 AM PDT
sf47 says:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/164335/leaked_images_of_large_screen_kindle_dx.html

"Dubbed as the DX, the Kindle 2 successor will also have the ability to make notes and highlights on your documents while the 9.7-inch screen (3.7-inch larger than on the Kindle 2) will be optimal for viewing newspapers, magazines and textbooks in a format similar to their paper predecessor."

It goes on to say the Kindle 2 successor is expected to "launch" Wednesday.

Posted on May 5, 2009 10:27:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2009 10:35:55 AM PDT
And the world will laugh at PC World, and you, when the Kindle 2 remains for sale while the SEPERATE AND DISTINCT Kindle DX is sold at the same time to an entirely different audience; thus making it no more of a "successor" then the iPod Touch was a "successor" to the iPod.

EDIT: Not to mention the fact that this version was in development along side the K2 and has been "rumored" and "leaked" since before the K2. It's a sibling, not a successor.

Posted on May 5, 2009 10:28:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2009 10:33:45 AM PDT
Unless it has additional features, I have no interest. It's awfully big to lug around. It seems like the (I don't know the proper term) shelf-space trick that breakfast cereal makers use--multiple variations of standard brands (how many ways can we make Cheerios?) to take up as much shelf space in the market as possible.

I'm just not sure I have any real need for a bigger screen. I read newspapers, magazines, webpages, .pdfs, .docs, etc. just fine on the K2.

I admit I have not had the opportunity to read a textbook on it yet. If nothing else, the great upshot of the DX may be an opening of the textbook market to Kindle users!

Posted on May 5, 2009 10:34:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2009 10:38:17 AM PDT
sf47 says:
Aside from the "Tom-foolery" of a K2 fanboy, above, the big questions on the Kindle 2's successor are pricing, availability and PDF support.

People decrying a 3.7 inch boost on a 6 inch screen as "gigantism" don't own a ruler, and should go borrow one. This is Amazon running out of the gate with the latest generation eInk screen -- obviously at a potential price in goodwill, with the expected disgruntled K2 purchasers. Evidence of which *already* abounds.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2009 10:53:52 AM PDT
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Posted on May 5, 2009 11:00:08 AM PDT
I love how you continue to make crap up in your continued trolling against the K2.

There is no "new" eInk screen. The Kindles all use the Vizplex screen. This one is using the 9.7" version.
http://www.eink.com/products/matrix/imaging_film.html

The larger "student" version of the Kindle has been in development at the same time as the K2
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2008/08/amazon-may-enter-college-textbook-market-with-new-kindle.ars

Posted on May 5, 2009 11:05:31 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2009 11:09:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2009 11:31:16 AM PDT
smc: "Technologists talk about the screen + controller as an integrated unit, and you are wrong if you're suggesting that the Kindle 3/DX uses the K2 controller."

That's called "back-pedaling". ;)

Posted on May 5, 2009 11:15:41 AM PDT
I don't believe that smc has ever held a Kindle let alone owns one.

PC World once recommended Norton software to people; I wouldn't get all worked up about their nomenclature.

Posted on May 5, 2009 11:18:19 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2009 11:24:14 AM PDT
"You're suggesting that the DX has a lower resolution screen!"

Who? What? When? Where?

Posted on May 5, 2009 11:24:21 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2009 11:32:30 AM PDT
sf47 says:
You really should have a beer sometime with a former employee of Lab126, to get some insight into this sector -- its players, technologies and development track.

Posted on May 5, 2009 11:34:35 AM PDT
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Posted on May 5, 2009 11:36:27 AM PDT
The higher resolution eInk based display was "debuted" in May 2008. It's made by Epson and is larger than the DX (13.4-inch). Epson was able to develop it by combining eInk's technology with their own low-temperature polycrystal Si-TFT display. Epson stated that they were a few years away from making a commerical product themselves.

http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/21/epson-unveils-ridiculously-high-resolution-e-ink-display/

As for eInk's own "new product". It's a color eInk screen and expected to be debuted next month.

http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2009/04/24/the_heart_of_a_reader/

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2009 11:45:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2009 11:46:14 AM PDT
sf47 says:
Right, and I suppose that eInk does everything in this competitive sector out in the open, and naturally has abandoned new product development in greyscale displays.

You have a thing or two to learn about this sector. You can't hack some learning with a quickie Google search of public information.

Posted on May 5, 2009 11:51:55 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2009 12:14:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2009 12:18:39 PM PDT
smc says: "You have a thing or two to learn about this sector. You can't hack some learning with a quickie Google search of public information."

Yea.. silly me for thinking that something that was already in production and just a day away from the official unveiling would not have had a whole slew of public information available (trademarks, patents, FCC Equipmant Authorizations, UL Certifications, etc) that the numerous insiders out there in the intarwebs would not have data mined and leaked by now if it was some new amazing technology that nobody has seen yet. Silly me... I bow my head in shame to you, the one and only almighty person in all of the world to have inside information to the next big device being released by the largest online retailer in the world in conjuction with one of the larget media outlets in the country and a slew of large universities. Oh.. how I beg your wonderous forgiveness in misunderstimating your vast insider knowedge....

Posted on May 6, 2009 7:46:19 AM PDT
Hey... smc... where's this new fangled "next generation" Kindle 2 successor??? Hmm???? All I see is this Kindle DX that uses the exact same screen as the Kindle 2, just the larger 9.7" varient, with more memory, capability to display in portrait to landscape mode and built in pdf support.

Posted on May 6, 2009 7:48:39 AM PDT
It looks like a nice addition to the Kindle product line.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2009 7:57:46 AM PDT
Agreed, R. C.

Posted on May 6, 2009 7:59:01 AM PDT
M. Reader says:
I agree. I look forward to purchasing the K3. Will probably still keep the K2 for the commute and the K1 for the summer house.

Posted on May 6, 2009 7:59:58 AM PDT
sf47 says:
Not eat'n crow.

Serving it.

Congratulations to Jeff Bezos and the Lab126 team.

Posted on May 6, 2009 8:00:15 AM PDT
smc is gonna be really bummed about the buttons too.

Posted on May 6, 2009 8:02:10 AM PDT
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