It's been about a year since Amazon first unveiled the Kindle, and now the company has invited members of the media for a Wednesday morning event that most expect will be the unveiling of a larger format Kindle, ideally suited for newspapers and magazines. Will people eat up the new Kindle or is the smaller format brother more exciting? We talk to Jeff Bordaux from GadgetReview.com, who says ... Jonathan Strickland from HowStuffWorks.com thinks the device might play well with its informal target demographic, which a CNET poll pegs at the over-40 set, a group known for reading newspapers made of trees, rather than bits. I'm taking a wait and see approach, and personally I'd prefer the pocketable iPod touch rather than a larger screened Kindle for my commute, though at the breakfast table I might give a large screen Kindle a shot.
Also, we're hearing some rumored Palm Pre release dates that sound pretty realistic. The Boy Genius Report claims one of its tipsters has some insider info pegging the price of the Pre at $199 on new contract, and $299 for current Sprinters (and even $999 outright). Does the price point set the Pre as a worthy iPhone competitor? Jonathan thinks this is a tech media snow job (in so many words) and that regular people have scarcely heard of the Palm Pre, let alone lusting after it over the much more in-your-face iPhone. Jeff's take is similar, feeling that the device has a built-in loyalty factor, but when Apple comes out with the next iPhone, few people will head for Palm when they can have Apple.
What's your take, Palm Pre or new iPhone? Too early to tell, or is it a done deal? Also, do you read ebooks, and do you have a Kindle? What's your take on the new "biggie" Kindle? Does more screen equal more appeal?
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