QUOTE(Stone @ Feb 9 2009, 08:48 PM)
As Jason points out in his article, for that kind of money, I'd expect to get a whole lot more than just a book reader. Doesn't $350 buy a much more complex and useful iPhone or BB? And I'd think that anyone buying this thing would already have a pretty quick connection to the Internets. I'm all for instant gratification, but I can usually wait until I get home to make my purchase.
I wonder how much 3G adds to the price. It does seem kind of pointless on the Kindle, if its primary (only?) function is to download books.
I suppose the other question is whether people will want another electronic media device, or use just one. One of the reasons I bought an iPhone was because I only wanted to schlep one device rather than a phone and MP3 player. Reading books on the iPhone isn't a very satisfactory experience, but I'd be willing to spend a few hundred bucks in a couple of years and upgrade to a model that lets me read books as well as listen to music, watch movies, read blogs, surf the web, etc. I'm not really interested in carrying around another piece of electronics.