We often associate the word ‘Kindle’ with fire or light. That was what exactly went through the minds of brand consultants Michael Cronan and Karin Hibma when Lab 126 instructed them to name Amazon’s new e-book. They were aiming to establish the name to represent lighting a fire and they figured that it was an apt metaphor for reading and intellectual excitement.
What was the first Kindle?
Amazon’s First Generation Kindle was released on 19 November 2007. It sold out in the first five and half hours in the US. It remained in stock due to its high demand until April 2008. The Kindle reader featured a 6 inch diagonal 4-level grayscale display with a 250MB of internal storage space. With that much space, it could hold approximately 200 non-illustrated titles. The original Kindle reader also boasts a speaker and headphone jack for users to listen to audio files and an expandable storage slot using an SD card. This original version was the first device to include free nationwide 3G access to download e-books from Amazon’s Kindle Store. This first generation Kindle was not sold outside of the US.
How did Kindle Singapore evolve and where is it now?
Up until today in 2015, the Kindle reader has evolved attaching itself with numerous other features that make it claimable as a multi-functional e-book reader.
Kindle 2 boasts more storage space that enabled you to store up to 1,500 non-illustrated books. However, it did not continue the predecessor’s capability of expanding storage through the usage of SD cards. This second generation version boasts a higher contrast screen and an international release.
Kindle DX featured a bigger screen and support for PDF files. It was marketed to display newspaper and textbook content with an accelerometer which enables seamless rotation of pages between landscape and portrait orientation. Later on, an enhancement of contrast and colour came in the form of Kindle DV Graphite.
The third generation Kindle came as the Kindle Keyboard. It boasted a 6-inch screen with a 600x800 resolution and a keyboard. The Kindle Keyboard comes with higher contrast and a faster refresh rate using the e-ink display.
Kindle 4 was the fourth generation Kindle. It featured web-browsing capabilities with Wi-Fi, slight reduction in weight and size in a silver-grey bezel, along with nine hard keys, a cursor pad, an on-screen keyboard, a flash storage capacity of 2GB, and one month's worth of battery.
Coming along within the fourth generation, the Kindle Touch had Wi-Fi connectivity, a 6-inch E-ink screen, infrared touch-screen control, a storage capacity of 4GB, and a battery that will last 2 months.
Amazon moved the Kindle line up into the fifth generation with Kindle 5, with the production of the Kindle Paperwhite (first generation). This version boasted a black bezel, better contrast, and hand-tuned fonts. With 15% faster page load and a 167 PPI display, it was claimed to be the lightest Kindle at 170 g. The Paperwhite received great feedback from users and gadget and technological critics that it underwent an upgrade to the Kindle Paperwhite 2. It featured a higher contrast E-Ink Carta display technology, improved LED illumination, 25% faster processor that allows for faster page turns, and better response to touch input. With a 6-inch screen and a 212 PPI and a bezel.
Amazon’s seventh generation Kindle was the Kindle 7 or Kindle Voyage. It has the features of a 6-inch, 300 PPI E Ink Cart HD display with adaptive LEDs that can illuminate the screen depending on the environment. Its design features a flush glass screen on the front and the rear has an angular, raised plastic edges that house the power button. The Voyage used ‘PagePress’ which was a navigation system with sensors on either side of the screen to turn the page with the touchscreen remaining active to use. Amazon claimed that the Voyage will last 6 weeks.
The third upgrade to the Kindle Paperwhite boasted a 6-inch, 1448x1072, 300 PPI E Ink Carta HD display. It included the Bookerly font of which includes hyphenation and improved spacing.
Amazon innovated their Kindle with LCD and came up with the Kindle Fire—an Android-based tablet. It has a 7 in IPS colour touchscreen display. It was the first Kindle without an E Ink display with a fast processor. It went on to be upgraded to the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HDX.
In 2014, the Kindle Fire HDX was renamed into Fire HDX.
What is iPrice is saying about Kindle Singapore?
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