No Kindles for the State Department…

Several months ago, there was a small “shock” in the technical world when the U.S. State Department chose to purchase Kindle Touches instead of iPads.

Over the last two days, it has been made clear that the State Department cancelled that order of Kindle Touches.

You can read a full account of the story here at

I find this statement interesting:

The e-reader had to have a battery life of no less than about 8 hours of continuous reading or approximately 7.5 hours of video playback.

When has a Kindle Touch or Nook (i.e. Not the Kindle Fire or Nook Color) ever been able to play video?

My guess is that someone actually thought about what they were doing and realized that the Kindle Touch would not actually meet all of their needs, even though the iPad was a tablet or computer category rather than as a single-function e-reader, and had additional features that “are not only unnecessary, but also present[ed] unacceptable security and usability risks for the government’s needs…”

Someone probably figured out that they might actually want those “additional features” if they were going to be spending the money in the first place (although a Kindle Touch 3G is $149, 1/2 the current price of the iPad 2).


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