How to Tell the Difference Between the Kindle and the Kindle 2

by Contributor

On February 9, 2009, Amazon introduced the second-generation Kindle: the Kindle 2. The Kindle 2 is a step up from the first Kindle in a number of modest ways, and there are several ways to help you tell the difference between the two Kindles.

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One of the more subtle differences is weight. The Kindle 2 is slightly lighter, weighing in at 10.2 ounces, whereas the original Kindle weighs 10.3 ounces.

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Amazon was inspired by the look of wireless phones, and incorporated that into the design of the Kindle 2. The Kindle is boxy and not visually appealing. The Kindle 2 is slim and smooth, like an iPhone.

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Screen display is a more obvious difference. The Kindle 2 screen can now display 16 shades of gray and it can turn pages 20 percent faster.

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The Kindle 2 also has Amazon's new text-to-speech technology, where any book, blog, newspaper or other text publication can be read out loud to you. The Kindle 2 also has Whispersync bookmarking, which allows you to pick up reading on a separate Kindle 2.

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The controls have also changed. The first Kindle had a slider to move from line to line. Kindle 2 has a joystick.

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Battery life is another clear difference between the Kindle models. The Kindle 2 has a 25 percent longer battery life than the first Kindle.