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Amazon Kindle teardown: First e-book reader likely to succeed

With its paper-like display, wireless capability and thousands of titles from Amazon's catalog behind it, the Kindle may be the first e-book reader to gain broad acceptance.

With its paper-like display, wireless capability and thousands of titles from Amazon's catalog behind it, the Kindle may be the first e-book reader to gain broad acceptance. Watch as I crack open the Kindle's case and examine the circuitry inside.

The Kindle is 7.5 inches tall, 5.3 inches wide, and 0.7 inches thick. It weighs 10.3 ounces. The Kindle has a QWERTY keypad, easy-to-use navigation buttons, wireless connectivity, an SD card reader, headphone jack, and 6-inch display, which offers 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi.

Overall, the Amazon Kindle was surprisingly easy to crack open. The process required no special tools and took about 30 minutes. Except for the E-Ink ribbon cable, which gave me a little trouble, reassembling the Kindle was equally straightforward. When put back together, our Kindle worked perfectly.

Internal Hardware

Our Kindle test unit had the following components:

Update 12/2/2011: This post originally appeared in our TR Dojo blog. It has been moved into our Cracking Open blog and updated with more links and photos.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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