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Amazon Kindle Fire   (Source: Bloomberg)
Amazon's tablet undercuts the 16GB iPad 2 Wi-Fi by $300

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."

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RE: Sold!
By corduroygt on 9/28/2011 4:27:50 PM , Rating: 2
The touchpad was only $99 (I got 4 and gave them away to family except one) and it still has better hardware than this...

RE: Sold!
By Reclaimer77 on 9/28/2011 4:38:11 PM , Rating: 1
The Touchpad is already a dead end though. It's like buying a modern PC loaded with Windows 98. No updates, no new apps, no bug fixes or support. No more accessories or vendor support. I mean, congrats on the good deal and I hope you guys have fun with them. But unless someone picks up WebOS or you can flash it with Android, I don't really think you'll be still using those in a few years.

Plus you say it has better hardware, and that might be the case, but the TouchPad was absolutely shredded by reviewers for being slow and clunky and unstable.

I think most people want a pad to do very basic tasks with, which don't require $500 worth of hardware. At this price point people can actually get behind tablets.

RE: Sold!
By corduroygt on 9/28/2011 5:18:23 PM , Rating: 2
95% of what people need in a tablet is a decent web browser with flash, an e-mail client, a way to see their pictures and video. The Touchpad has all that plus a webcam and a microphone to use Skype with...At the price of a dumb picture frame, you can't go wrong with it...

Besides, oversleeping is no excuse, I got mine directly by retrying 100+ times on the HP SMB store online without leaving home, on Saturday :) Had to wait a month for them, but that's OK.

The chunkiness is fixed by turning off most of the logging by the way. Also, Android 2.3 is already ported to it, but I'm waiting for Android 3.5 before I consider flashing. WebOS is very sufficient for all the tasks I expect from a Tablet, one being web browsing with FLASH, which a certain $500+ tablet can't do.

RE: Sold!
By TakinYourPoints on 9/28/11, Rating: 0
RE: Sold!
By Reclaimer77 on 9/28/2011 5:55:44 PM , Rating: 5
Porn sites still use Flash, so I respectfully disagree :) Flash is absolutely essential for my tablet!

RE: Sold!
By TakinYourPoints on 9/28/2011 6:09:28 PM , Rating: 2
That's where you're wrong, you'd be surprised at how many of them support mobile browsers now, haha

RE: Sold!
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/28/2011 6:21:20 PM , Rating: 2
Flash may be dead on Apple but it's not dead....get real. You sound just like Tony. Slow? Choppy? Um...right...

RE: Sold!
By TakinYourPoints on 9/29/2011 6:31:03 AM , Rating: 1
It honestly isn't necessary on mobile devices anymore. Non-Flash video is everywhere now, even for things like live streaming. Millions of people use HTML5 video on mobile devices every day (not just on iOS), and this is only getting started.

The thing is that Flash and other third party plug-ins are a solution to problems that don't really exist anymore. The writing is on the wall, even look at Windows 8 which has depreciated Flash for HTML5 in the Metro tile layout.

Nothing crashes my browsers in Windows 7 as much as Flash, nor is anything else as big a security vector as Flash or Reader. It'll be around for a while, but I certainly won't miss it when its gone. Fortunately there are an abundance of alternative on mobile devices.

RE: Sold!
By Pirks on 9/29/2011 10:49:21 AM , Rating: 1
Don't waste your time talking to braindead cheezy clown, he won't understand a word anyway

RE: Sold!
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/29/2011 1:12:02 PM , Rating: 2
And I never have any crashes on 5+ machines with Win7, your point? Perhaps your PC sucks?

RE: Sold!
By TakinYourPoints on 9/29/2011 6:38:08 PM , Rating: 1
Mine hasn't crashed either, trouble with reading comprehension? Anyway, Flash has never killed Chrome browser tabs for you, really?

Liars make the Baby Jesus cry

RE: Sold!
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/29/2011 8:47:53 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing crashes my browsers in Windows 7 as much as Flash
Really? I am pretty sure my reading comprehension skills don't come into play here when you said it. Second, I don't use Chrome, I use FF. Liar? You really want to make assumptions? Really?

RE: Sold!
By TakinYourPoints on 9/30/2011 6:37:13 PM , Rating: 1
Crashing browsers and crashing Windows are two different things. What, you're saying none of your programs have ever crashed on any of your Windows machines ever?

What are you limited to running, Notepad?

RE: Sold!
By RjBass on 9/28/2011 6:57:39 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know what cheap $99 Android tablet you bought, but on my Galaxy Tab Flash works just great. It's not slow or choppy. But Galaxy Tab aside, Flash also works great on my Samsung Infuse with is far inferior CPU and smaller screen. I couldn't be happier. iOS not supporting Flash is what kept me away from iPhone, and iPad for the last two years or so.

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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