i just ordered my amazon kindle, it should arrive tomorrow! it sure is ugly as hell, but it has electronic ink, so i am really curious to see it. i hope it has the newer e-ink vizplex imaging film and not the old version that was used for sony's PRS-500. i don't have a PRS-505 (which uses vizplex), but my (ridiculously useless) irex iliad has vizplex and it really is much better than the older generation e-ink.
according to the product page, there does not seem to be a browser on it, which is disappointing, but in a way i would have been really surprised to see a full-fledged browser on an e-ink device. PDF also does not seem to be supported, which is bad.
but i can subscribe to FAZ now, which is cute (well, i should wait until i see the price...), and a number of other newspapers and magazines are available as well.
i am wondering whether they left any channel open through which i can compile and send my own content to the device, but i don't think so. for starters, amazon pays for the wireless connection (the kindle uses EVDO, which uses a cell phone network, but kindle users don't have to pay for it), so if they allowed open content on the device, they would pay for the bandwidth that people use for content that is not paid for. so i don't think they will allow any open content, apart from the small set of formats that they mention on the product page (DOC, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP).
anyway, i am looking forward to playing around with the kindle, and of course paying a second time for all the books which i already bought for my sony PRS-500; these are the joys of DRM-crippled e-books...