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Kindle, Kindle Touch/Kindle Touch 3G, Kindle Fire

Kindle Touch/Kindle Touch 3G
Amazon expands the Kindle family

Not to be outdone by the 7", $199 Kindle Fire with its full color screen, Amazon today announced an all-new “e-ink” Kindle family. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos today revealed an all-new Kindle Touch that features a primitive IR touch-based interface with configurable zones.

Since the Kindle Touch doesn't have a keyboard like previous models, it is also 75 percent lighter. For those that want "anywhere access", the Kindle Touch 3G will cost you $149 and includes free global roaming.

For those that still think that even $99 is too much, there is also the $79, 6" Kindle. This model is 30 percent lighter than the Kindle 3 and doesn't feature touch capabilities. It also loses the keyboard of previous Kindle models, but gains dedicated buttons for navigation. 

The lowest price Kindle currently available is the $114 ad-supported "Offers" version.

The new Kindles also include a new feature called "X-ray" which allows readers to dive deeper into the text:

With a single tap, readers can see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics that interest them, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari, Amazon's community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. 

The new 6" Kindle is available to purchase later today and will ship today. The Kindle Touch/Touch 3G is available to pre-order today, but won't ship until November 21.

One thing to keep in mind is that the stated "low" prices are for models featuring "Special Offers". If you don't want ads displayed on your screen, you will have to tack on $30 to the Kindle and $40 to the Kindle Touch/Kindle Touch 3G.



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RE: No keyboard?
By namechamps on 9/30/2011 10:20:30 AM , Rating: 2
Keyboard has lots of uses.

Most people connect via wifi at home which hopefully protected by WPA. So entering passwords is much easier with keyboard.

On the road is no better. Most airport/hotel wifi requires you to access a login page before you can go online. Can't do that without a browser.

The keyboard is useful for making notes, searching for text, looking up titles in amazon store, etc.

I don't know anyone who uses a Kindle reader as a general purpose computer but that doesn't make keyboard useless.

Amazon has always indicated they wanted to move to touch display but they tech wasn't there (cost & glare). The physical keyboard was/is a compromise.

I expect in a generation or two they will only have a single unit and it will be wifi + 3G + touch and be ~$70.


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