Is this the new face of the digital reader revolution?
Uh...I certainly hope not, because it's sort of butt ugly. :P
Honestly, I would have been *Wowwed!* by this type of device back in 1992, but since then, the look and feel of hand-held devices has sort of moved on from the plastic Soviet Issue/Bad Radio Shack walkie talkie era hasn't it? I mean, did the design department at Amazon not learn anything from how the iPod's aesthetic superiority kicked the Zune's ass?
Seriously, it looks like a cross between a Texas Instruments calculator from 1982 and a Mattel Merlin..
But I know what you're saying..."Jim! How can you condemn such a neat device on just looks alone..."
Good point! Let's evaluate the price: $400.
Wow. For about the same price, I can get a cheap laptop that has wireless access, can read books and comics AND I can install games and programs on it as well.
And currently the votes by reviewers is running 74 5 Star reviews versus 146 1 Star reviews
Hm..maybe Amazon will have a better time winning me over as time goes by and new models of the Kindle come out. (Does anyone but me get an awkward *book burning* vibe from that name?)
In the meantime, I eagerly await Amazon's next awesome product - The Radio Hat!
On the Flipside:
Marvel corrected the double charge for my purchase of one month of the Digital Comics Unlimited. :)