CNET First Look
Amazon Kindle 2The second-generation Kindle boasts a super thin design and an improved screen.
[ music ] >> I'm David Conoway, executive ed for CNET.com, and we're here at the Kendall 2 [assumed spelling] launch event to give you a first look at the Kendall 2. This device is a lot thinner, that is one thing about it, it's also zippier, it has sixteen shades of gray instead of four, so that means you're gonna get a little bit better contrast ratio. And the other thing about it is it comes with two gigabytes of memory now, so you can store fifteen hundred books on it. On top of that, Amazon says that you can get 25% more battery life from the Kendall 2, and there's a new experimental feature called the read to me feature, that actually reads the text to you, so you don't even have to read it yourself. Amazon's whisper net, that's the wireless feature, remains on this model, so you can get books delivered wirelessly to the device, in the United States at least it uses a Sprint EVDO network. All in all this is a really nice upgrade for the Kendall. A lot of people complained that the first one wasn't sleek enough, this is definitely sleeker. The thin factor is a big deal. It goes on sale on February twenty fourth for three hundred fifty nine dollars, that's the same price as the current Kendall. Another important thing to mention is that Amazon did make a big design change to the buttons. The buttons on the side are much smaller. A lot of people complained about the button accidentally turning the page without meaning to. Now the buttons are much smaller, so you can say this is a better ergonomic design as well. And it appears that they have also improved the protective case that comes with it. I'm David Conoway, and that's the new Kendall 2 from Amazon.