Amazon’s Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Device that is Destined to Fail

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Amazon’s Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Device that is Destined to Fail

It’s not a Windows Mobile device. It’s not even a PDA of any sort. So why am I dedicating time and space to write about it? Because Amazon has given us one heck of a great example of a device that is destined to go places…such as the “Worst Ideas in Device History,†handbook.

It is called the Kindle and it is Amazon’s attempt at a device that will be as recognizable in the arena of e-book readers as the iPod is in the realm of music and media. According to Yahoo news:

“Amazon is unabashedly looking to the iPod for inspiration, attempting to make a piece of hardware that needs minimal expertise to run and which ties specifically to its own store, in this case, Amazon.com…Even better, the Kindle is designed to be usable sans computer. It connects directly to a special Sprint-powered cellular network called Whispernet (not Wi-Fi) and lets you download directly from the web. However, there are no additional monthly service fees for the privilege.â€

Good luck with trying to get the same warm reception as the iPod. I really doubt this one is going to be under very many Christmas trees this year, nor do I suspect it will be high on the birthday lists of the general public.

The Kindle is already under fire from the gadget wise public. I can’t really blame anyone for not being overly excited about it.

“There's a dark side of Kindle, which is already drawing heaps of abuse for its design, which can charitably be described as heinously ugly. The vaguely trapezoidal gizmo with oddball keys certainly doesn't share any kinship with the elegant iPod…chalk it up as a first stab at a design, and I'm all but certain the 2008 version will look nothing like it.â€

The worst part of all is the price. With a tag reading $399 USD, I don’t think there will be many people who will be in a rush to get one. If Amazon wants to charge game console prices for such a device, they need to seriously think about adding some more functionality. But really, even of they were to add all the same functions as current Pocket PCs, I still see the size and shape as a major turn-off for potential buyers.

We have seen many discussions, as of late, surrounding the need for Windows Mobile to upgrade its user interface, but at least we are headed in the right direction. Amazon’s heart may be in the right place in trying to spark e-book interest (goodness knows we could stand to save a few trees in this world) but I don’t think they have chosen the proper device for the job. Like it or not, the recent release of the iPhone and iPod Touch have shown what type of devices the public wants. Small, sleek and sexy are the watch words when designing a device. I can’t say that I haven’t been wrong in the past when it comes to devices. I have had a few surprises when it comes to what is popular, but I think this time around I may have “seen the e-writing on the wall."

This is hilarious! Thanks for posting!
I totally agree with you.

Why not just install a copy of uBook on your Pocket PC instead?!?!

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