Here are some Kindle 2 Vs Kindle 1 videos and notes that should help you see the differences between Kindle 2 (available at Amazon) and Kindle 1 –
- Kindle 2 Vs Kindle 1 Video Review – This clearly shows the visual differences between the first generation and second generation Kindles.
- Kindle 1 Vs Kindle 2 Image Display Comparison – Kindle 2, due to its 16 shades of gray, does a much better job with images.
- Kindle 2 Vs Kindle Screen Contrast Review – Kindle 2’s screen contrast is not as good as that of the Kindle 1. The difference though is not that much.
- Kindle 2 Vs Kindle 1 Refresh Rate Comparison – Kindle 2’s refresh rate improvement seems more than Mr. Bezos’ claims of 25%. The refresh rate varies based on factors like images, amount of text, etc. However, Kindle 2 seemed to refresh 30-40% faster in general.
Kindle 2 Vs Kindle 1 – Kindle 2 Wins On …
Kindle 2 clearly improves on the Kindle 1 in some key areas –
- The ‘next page’ and ‘previous page’ buttons no longer get accidentally pressed.
- The lock-in tabs when used with compatible covers ensures the Kindle 2 never falls out of a cover.
- Text To Speech – The ‘Read To Me’ feature is very useful provided authors and publishers don’t turn it off for their books.
- Better Display of Images due to 16 shades of grey.
- Better Battery Life.
- Faster Screen Refreshes.
- Powers from PC via USB cable in addition to power outlet plug.
- Instant On-Kindle Dictionary.
- Thin and sleek looking.
- 5-way controller is better than the ‘magic sparkling strip’ of the Kindle 1.
Kindle 2 Vs Kindle 1 – Kindle 1 Wins On …
Kindle 1 does have a few advantages over Kindle 2 –
- SD Card Slot which allows you to expand capacity without any restrictions.
- Replaceable Battery. With Kindle 2 you would need to carry an iGo type battery source.
- Better Contrast between background and text.
- More of a unique look.
- Better keyboard.
My friend really liked the Kindle 1 and, since the Kindle 2 is with me now, I’ve given him my K1 (He was going to buy a K2 otherwise). The fact that everyone who actually gets to use a Kindle or Kindle 2 absolutely loves it continues to surprise me (well, almost everyone).
His main feedback was –
- Reading books on the Kindle is better than with paper books.
- He thinks Kindle 1 doesn’t do newspapers very well.
- He much prefers the Kindle 1’s keyboard.
- He really liked the Kindle and its part of his life now, alongside his Samsung NC-10 netbook and iTouch.
Overall, Kindle 2 does make enough improvements over the Kindle 1 to show Amazon is listening and on the right track. However, it’s an evolutionary upgrade and more of a Kindle 1.5 (as opposed to a true Kindle 2).
For Kindle 1 owners, waiting for Kindle 3 might be the best choice. On the other hand, if you don’t own an eReader I’d highly recommend a Kindle 2.