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.
Amazon built the Kindle with components from a host of chip manufacturers, such as the following:
- Texas Instruments
- Elite Semiconductor Memory Technology
- Analog Devices
- Wolfson Microelectronics
- Microchip Technology
- Prime View International
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.
Bill Detwiler has nothing to disclose. He doesn't hold investments in the technology companies he covers.
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 support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.