It was so obvious, Amazon could not hold its little secret any longer. Amazon has just announced new additions to Kindle family. Kindle 3 will come in two flavors (WiFi or 3G) and is priced aggressively to give Amazon the boost it needs to keep up with other top players in the market. Kindle “Shasta” may not have a color display and won’t be touch-capable either. But it does look sleek and has a longer battery life. Here is a summary of what advantages Kindle 3 has got over Kindle 2:
- 50% etter contrast
- Higher quality fonts
- Storage – up to 3,500 Books
- WiFi capability
- An improved browser
- Battery life – charge once a month
- Text-to-speech enabled menus
- Graphite color option
Amazon takes its digs at iPad by emphasizing that Kindle is readable in direct sunlight.
Read in Bright Sunlight
Unlike LCD screens, Kindle’s screen reads like real paper, with no glare. Read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room.
The introduction of Kindle WiFi (which is priced at $139) should put even more pressure on Kobo and Nook.
So we did not get the multi-touch color-screen we were hoping for nor those innovative features that could give Kindle a better chance to compete with the upcoming tablets. The new screen and Kindle’s long battery life are very impressive and should keep Kindle going strong for the time being (that is if people can wait till August 27th).
What has impressed/disappointed you the most about Kindle 3?