What are the Differences Between Amazon’s Kindle 1 & Kindle 2?
With the release of the much anticipated Amazon Kindle 2 which is meant to be better and sleeker than the original, you may be asking yourself whether you should buy the upgraded version or stick with the popular Kindle 1. If that’s the case then read on, this article will take you through the differences between the two versions of this popular eBook reader.
First just looking at the two machines you’ll see a lot of differences. The Kindle 2 is a lot slimmer than its predecessor at only 9mm thick and while it weighs the same as before it’s now easier to hold and carry around.
The screen size is also the same at 600 x 800 but the new model has better graphical capabilities so that you’ll now get 16 shades of grey rather than the four of the first Kindle.
This makes the text on the screen easier to read and quite sharp (less bleed into the screen). Of course the original version still had good readability and at first glance you might not notice much of a difference, but after reading many pages you’ll appreciate the subtle crisper text. The background has also changed from a slight paper textured look in the first to a smooth flat surface in the second.
While the Kindle 2 is meant to be faster at page turning and overall speed, we can’t say we noticed any significant difference between the two, after all it was never like Amazon’s original model was slow – it wasn’t.
The differences that were significant and enough to warrant considering an upgrade was the design changes in the newer model. The power switch is now conveniently at the top of the Kindle rather than the back which makes it much easier to turn it on and off. The volume buttons have also been moved to a rocker switch now on the right hand side of the reader (rather than the bottom).
The navigation system is now much more intuitive with the ‘next’ button sitting conveniently where your thumb rests so you can easily turn the page and it feels more natural.
Overall the differences between Amazon’s Kindle 1 and 2 are subtle but do improve your ebook reading experience. So it’s up to you whether you want the latest and greatest or don’t mind the older version for up to $100 cheaper.