Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Apr 2011 22:15 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "We've been waiting for this day: our little reader would finally become a big boy tablet - without having to resort to any sort of hackery. We knew it was coming and, as of now, owners of the Barnes & Noble Nook Color should be receiving notices that their devices are ready to drop those training wheels and run some proper apps. Flash web browsing, downloads, games, e-mail, it's all here."
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Yup, at this price point I would totally buy it... but sadly, I guess that's the price of the A5 version, which does not do what I want. As far as I remember, the large Kindle is still around €400.

The service which I'm looking for when I consider buying a Kindle is "being able to read electronic documents which I can't simply get in a paper form, in a comfortable fashion".

Most of the concerned documents are A4-sized manuals and scientific papers. Reading them on an A5-sized device. would result in super-tiny rendering, annoying scrolling, or hazardous refactoring of the document which generally simply doesn't work.

At its current price point, the A4 Kindle is not a reasonable deal. I don't necessarily ask for Internet access, games, or another specific other functionality, I just think that for this price, this device should do *something* else. It's up to Amazon to find out what would be suitable (e.g. what about reducing the hassle of computer-reader transfers ?)

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Praxis Member since:

The Kindle DX is too expensive, but I can see why they priced it that way. Its just far too big for casual reading, so its going to sell less than the basic version. Also the huge e-ink screen has to be pretty expensive, and the Kindle DX is pretty much the only place its used. Bottom line, its a niche product that you'll be paying a premium for because they can't just make it up in volume.

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Neolander Member since:

True, it has many reasons to be quite high-priced, however if it's so expensive that Amazon don't sell it, they have lost money developing it. As such, there's an optimum to find for them, and I'm not sure they have found it yet...

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