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.

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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.

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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.