Amazon's entry into the growing tablet sector has been one
of the worst
kept secrets in the tablet industry. Amazon has already stormed the
e-reader market with its line of Kindle
devices, so delivering the company's expansive multimedia platform to a
more versatile platform seemed like a given.
After a pretty expansive
leak earlier this month, Amazon is officially taking the wraps of its
Android-based Kindle Fire today. Fortunately, Bloomberg jumped the gun a bit early and
revealed that the Kindle Fire indeed will feature a 7" IPS display (1024 x 600), and it
checks in at a low $199 (you can pre-order today, but your Kindle won't ship until November 15), which undercuts Apple's entry-level iPad by $300.
To reach that price point, the Kindle Fire forgoes 3G
access, a microphone, and the usual bevy of cameras that come on
today's tablets. However, the Kindle Fire does include Wi-Fi (802.11n) and a free 30-day
trial of Amazon Prime (an Amazon Prime membership normally runs $79/year). The Kindle Fire weighs 14.6 ounces and features a dual-core processor. Amazon says that the Kindle Fire provides up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback (Wi-Fi disabled). The devices fully recharges within 4 hours via its USB 2.0 port.While the Kindle Fire has 8GB of internal storage, apps from the Amazon Appstore, music, magazines, and Kindle Books will all be stored on Amazon's Cloud Drive service which makes having a large amount of onboard storage unnecessary.
"Kindle Fire brings together all of the things we've been working on at Amazon for over 15 years into a single, fully-integrated service for customers," said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. "With Kindle Fire, you have instant access to all the content, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, the convenience of Amazon Whispersync, our revolutionary cloud-accelerated web browser, the speed and power of a state-of-the-art dual-core processor, a vibrant touch display with 16 million colors in high resolution, and a light 14.6 ounce design that's easy to hold with one hand - all for only $199. We're offering premium products, and we're doing it at non-premium prices."
quote: playbook looks good at $200-$250
quote: If Apple can match the price on this I'll get an iPad
quote: If Apple can match the price on this I'll get an iPad.
quote: Nothing crashes my browsers in Windows 7 as much as Flash
quote: I would love a 10" but 7" might do for now.
quote: Jeff Bezos is smarter than Steve Ballmer and Steve Jobs combined.He realizes that the real money isn't in the device, its in the attached services to the device.
quote: The small and large content delivery devices and the dedicated conent creation device are all going to be cloud integrated, and azure backed with Metro running across windows phone, xbox, and the PC. The screens themselves will eventually become a commodity no matter what they are. The content and experience delivering it is where it's at.
quote: People were reacting the same way to me when I claimed that Android would eventually dominate the phone market and muscle out the iPhone.Jeff Bezos is smarter than Steve Ballmer and Steve Jobs combined.He realizes that the real money isn't in the device, its in the attached services to the device. Everyone who bought an iPad the first day they were released paid $500 and nothing more. Anything else was revenue from accessories and purchases from the iTunes Store.
quote: You're saying that iOS devices have a larger market share than Android devices...?
quote: - highly customized outdated Android 2.1 is not inspiring confidence.
quote: - Reliance on Cloud is commendable but we'll see how it works after consumers start to complain about having to be on fast Wi-Fi all the time in order to run anything.
quote: - no Google Market means a lot of unnecessary restrictions.
quote: No memory card slot.
quote: No access to the Amazon Marketplace.
quote: No Camera, front or rear.
quote: Amazon Cloud is only good for Amazon material.
quote: 8GB of storage, nothing better right now.
quote: 7-8 hours of battery life.
quote: you have instant access to all the content
quote: EVERYTHING looks like an iPad
quote: has no buttons
quote: I fear something terrible has happened.
quote: .. to a 2011 RIM device: http://us.blackberry.com/playbook-tablet