updated 01:35 pm EST, Tue November 24, 2009
Amazon upgrades Kindle 2 feature set
Amazon today gave its regular-size Kindle a lift through a firmware upgrade. It now has the same native PDF support as the larger Kindle DX and no longer needs a conversion through e-mail. Active battery life is also a large 85 percent longer and should last for about a full week with 3G turned on versus four days with the previous firmware.
The update will come with new Kindles and should be pushed for free to all of the second-generation readers through their 3G connection, whether it's the original EVDO version or the more recent international UMTS/HSPA model. First-generation Kindles should also get PDF support but won't have the extended battery life.