Kindle 2nd Generation

On February 10, 2009, Amazon announced the Kindle 2. It became available for purchase on February 23, 2009. The Kindle 2 features a text-to-speech option to read the text aloud, and 2 GB of internal memory of which 1.4 GB is user-accessible. By Amazon's estimates the Kindle 2 can hold about 1500 non-illustrated books. Unlike the Kindle First Generation, Kindle 2 does not have a slot for SD memory cards. It was slimmer than the original Kindle.

* Screen: 6 "diagonal electronic ink technology with E Ink ®, resolution of 600 x 800 pixels at 167 dpi, 16 levels of gray.
 * Size of the unit: approximately 203.2 mm x 134.6 mm x 9.1 mm.
 * Weight: approximately 289.2 grams.
 * Memory: 2 GB internal (about 1.4 GB available for user content).
 * Autonomy: from a full charge up to 4 days of reading with wireless reception enabled.
up to two weeks
reading with the wireless off. (Given as an indication)
* Connectivity: Modem HSDPA (3G) compatible EDGE / GPRS network uses the Amazon Whispernet (availability depending on the coverage of the respective countries)* USB port: USB 2.0 micro-sized B* Audio: Stereo 3.5 mm jack, stereo speakers in the rear of the unit.
 * Supported formats: Kindle (AZW), TXT, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; PDF, HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP after conversion.

 It seems that the drop of prices for memory components contributed to the abandonment of the SD Card slot in favor of a much larger internal capacity of the unit.

To promote the new Kindle, author Stephen King made UR, his then-new novella, available exclusively through the Kindle Store. on October 22, 2009, Amazon stopped selling the original Kindle 2 in favor of the international version it had introduced earlier in the month.

According to an early review by iFixIt, the Kindle 2 features a Freescale 532 MHz, ARM-11 90 nm processor, 32 MB main memory, 2 GB moviNAND flash storage and a 3.7 V 1530 mAh lithium polymer battery.

On November 24, 2009, Amazon released a firmware update for the Kindle 2 that it said increases battery life by 85% and introduces native PDF support.
On July 8, 2009, Amazon reduced price of the Kindle 2 from the original $359 to $299. On October 7, 2009, Amazon further reduced the price of the Kindle 2 to $259. The Kindle 2 was criticized for its high original retail price, compared to the $185.49 manufacturing cost estimated by iSuppli.


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