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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 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
quote:
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?


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