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Amazon's New Kindle: Nice, but No iPad

Anyone expecting that Amazon might roll out a new Kindle with a color screen and the ability to play music and movies—in other words, a device like Apple's iPad—will be sorely disappointed in the new version rolled out Wednesday. And that's too bad, because the new model is a pretty slick little device, despite the fact that it still has a black-and-white screen and is only good for reading books and newspapers.

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The new Kindle (Courtesy of Amazon)

Anyone expecting that Amazon might roll out a new Kindle with a color screen and the ability to play music and movies—in other words, a device like Apple's iPad—will be sorely disappointed in the new version rolled out Wednesday. And that's too bad, because the new model is a pretty slick little device, despite the fact that it still has a black-and-white screen and is only good for reading books and newspapers.

The new Kindle—priced at $189, just like its predecessor—has twice the battery life and twice as much storage; it will now run four weeks on a single charge and can hold 3,500 books. There's also a built-in Wi-Fi connection and some improvements to the screen: better contrast, smoother fonts. New software enables pages to turn 20 percent faster.

The new Kindle is also a bit lighter, at 8.7 ounces versus 10 ounces. The screen is the same size as the previous version but the overall device is smaller, as Amazon has squished down the keyboard a bit. There's now a new dark-colored model—Amazon calls it graphite—as well as the white version.

More significant, Amazon now is rolling out a Wi-Fi–only version of Kindle at a $139 price point. That device can't load books anywhere, the way the 3G model can. You need to be on a Wi-Fi network. But for students, or for people who don't travel much, it makes sense. And it helps Amazon push down toward the magical $99 price point, where analysts say sales could really take off.

Even now, Kindle sales have been doing well. Amazon says it's their bestselling item. But as for Amazon making a serious rival to the iPad? Forget about it. An Amazon spokesman says the company has no plans to make a tablet computer.

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