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Kindle Fire HD 7"
Kindle Fire HD features 8.9" IPS display with 1920x1200 resolution

As the only company that has released a tablet that has managed to take a dent out of Apple's iPad sales (the Kindle Fire accounts for 22% of U.S. tablet sales), many people are looking forward to seeing what Amazon's next generation Kindle Fire has in store. The first generation Kindle Fire made a splash with a $199 price point and 7" form-factor, but Amazon is looking to expand the lineup’s appeal with second generation the devices.
 
The first up is a refreshed 7" model. It keeps the same look as the original, but includes a faster processor and twice the RAM. In addition, the price has been slashed from $199 to $159. It's hard to argue with faster performance and a cheaper price tag.
 
But the big announcement is the Kindle Fire HD. This new tablet is available with a 7" (1280x800) or 8.9" IPS display (1920x1200). The 8.9" Kindle Fire HD is only 8.8mm thick and weighs just 1.25 pounds. Powering the Kindle Fire HD is a Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 processor.
 
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos even took at a dig at the Apple iPad by announcing that the Kindle Fire HD comes with dual stereo speakers that feature Dolby Digital Plus technology. The Kindle Fire HD also includes dual Wi-Fi antennas an MIMO compared to a single Wi-Fi antenna on the iPad and Nexus 7. Bezos says this allows its Kindle Fire HD tablets to outperform all competitors in Wi-Fi bandwidth tests.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9" showing "FreeTime"

Another interesting feature that Amazon is introducing with the Kindle Fire HD is FreeTime. FreeTime allows a parents to setup profiles on the device so that children will only have access to "kid-friendly" content while the grownups can still have access to entire spectrum of content. The profiles will also allow parents to limit how much time their child plays on the device.
 
The Kindle Fire HD will be available with 16GB of storage capacity and also includes HDMI out and Bluetooth. The 7" model will be priced at $199 (ships September 14) while the 8.9" model rings in at $299 (ships November 20).

Amazon also announced one additional member to the Kindle Fire HD family. The  Kindle Fire HD LTE 4G model is priced at $499, includes 32GB of storage, and comes with an amazing data package. For just $49.99/year, you get 250MB of bandwidth per month, 20GB of cloud storage space, and a $10 in Appstore credit. Can you say game changer?

The Kindle Fire HD LTE 4G will ship on November 20.
 
For those that prefer Amazon's more traditional line of e-readers, the company also today announced the Kindle Paperwhite. The Kindle Paperwhite features a higher resolution screen with 212 ppi (62 percent more pixels than previous model) that offers whiter whites and blacker blacks.


Kindle Paperwhite
 
The capacitive touch screen device is 9.1mm thick, weighs just 7.5 ounces, and had an 8-week battery life. It costs $119 and will ship on October 1. The Kindle Paperwhite 3G will also ship on October 1 for $179.
 
Even further done the e-reader ladder is the standard "Kindle". Amazon has updated the Kindle to include new fonts and crisper text, and has dropped the price from $79 to $69. It will ship on September 14.

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Too Compelling
By Reclaimer77 on 9/6/2012 3:16:30 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Amazon also announced one additional member to the Kindle Fire HD family. The Kindle Fire HD LTE 4G model is priced at $499, includes 32GB of storage, and comes with an amazing data package. For just $49.99/year, you get 250MB of bandwidth per month, 20GB of cloud storage space, and a $10 in Appstore credit. Can you say game changer?


Honestly, how can you pass this up?

I'm an owner of an original Kindle Fire and while it's been an overall positive experience, the same drawbacks exist with it being wifi only that it shares with other tablets. This is the first tablet that has a reasonable data plan, with much improved Wifi throughput to boot!

Game changer indeed! I've been torn between a Galaxy tablet for a more open Android experience and the new Kindle, but this announcement pretty much seals the deal. They've addressed literally every issue I've had with the platform and made it even better in the areas it was already great at. They even upgraded the speakers, which I've complained endlessly over their low volume output!

Sure 250mb isn't much. But I cannot tell you how many times I've been in my car or somewhere without Wifi and needed to check my email, use the freaking map to find something, etc etc.




RE: Too Compelling
By haukionkannel on 9/6/2012 3:24:59 PM , Rating: 2
It allso mean that other players have to reduce their prices to stay competative! That is nice! Good competition benefits us customers.


RE: Too Compelling
By Spuke on 9/6/2012 3:31:24 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Honestly, how can you pass this up?
Seriously, the new Fire's are beyond awesome. Glad I didn't buy a Nexus 7! And I may just get that 8.9 incher too.


RE: Too Compelling
By tayb on 9/6/2012 3:55:10 PM , Rating: 2
It's worth noting that the LTE version is $499 while the non-LTE is $299. For only 250MB of data a month is the extra $200 up front worth it?


RE: Too Compelling
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/6/2012 3:58:29 PM , Rating: 2
Well, you also get 32GB of storage on the LTE model vs 16GB. I'd say well worth it.


RE: Too Compelling
By jimbojimbo on 9/7/2012 12:57:48 PM , Rating: 2
Apple would charge you $100 more for that extra 16GB. It's obscene but people pay for it so they'll keep doing it.


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