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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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RE: Guess this confirms
By TakinYourPoints on 9/6/2012 5:22:44 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, and the price will make this a hit. Before the Fire was announced I said that Amazon would be the only company outside of Apple that would nail a tablet, and it would partly be due to taking more control over the experience and integrating a store (Xoom fanboys were MAAAAAD at me, haha). I was right.

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even though Apple's 900,000 apps is more than Android's 800,000LOL. How relevant.


This is where I don't agree. There is a big difference between rescaling phone apps or having universal apps that aren't optimized for a 7"+ screen, and ones that are optimized specifically for a tablet.

The majority of Android tablet apps are still halfass, it is an issue for the platform when the iPad equivalent from the same company is miles better than the Android version. This is before we get to there being more high end developers, etc. Of course, a larger market hooked into Amazon's closed market (important to protect developer profits) means more development resources, so the Fire will probably lead to better Android tablet apps. Big win for users!


RE: Guess this confirms
By retrospooty on 9/6/2012 5:30:47 PM , Rating: 2
We have had this discussion before. I get that to you, the small benefit of Apple app store is a big deal, but to most it isnt. You can do all the same things on and Android phone as an iPhone and all the same things on an Android tablet and an iPad. Most AAA titles are available on both. Apple just doesnt have anything that justifies the price premium. To be fair, the $500 android tablets from Asus and a few others arent worth it either.


RE: Guess this confirms
By TakinYourPoints on 9/6/2012 5:58:19 PM , Rating: 2
The difference in Android phone and Android tablet app libraries are big. You can get away with a lot more on an Android phone than you can with a tablet, and part of it because it hasn't been worth it for developers to sink time into Android tablets due to low sales. Even with superior overall sales numbers to the iPhone, Android has remained the #2 target development platform.

This is why a popular Android tablet with a closed app market is so important for its users. This will result in significantly better applications than are currently available on the platform.

I was right about generic Android tablets failing (again, MAD Xoom fanboys), I was right about Amazon being the first to nail Android tablets due to customer-focused vertical integration (like Apple), and I know I'm right about the Fire leading to good Android tablet apps (finally). See how Android tablet app quality will have improved by this time next year, it'll be way better than it is now.


RE: Guess this confirms
By retrospooty on 9/6/2012 6:07:39 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you there... It was pretty clear the fire would change things at $200. But it was still fairly cruddy spec-wise. Today's release gives us a decent spec'd $200 unit. At 7 inches 1280x800 is pretty good, especially for the price. I have had 14 inch laptops with the same res.


RE: Guess this confirms
By TakinYourPoints on 9/6/2012 7:34:10 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I think its great. The only real catch that some people may have issue with is that all of the Fire models now have ads on the lock screen.

I personally have no issue with this as long as it is the same as it has been with the Kindle reader. They are unobtrusive and don't interfere with the main content. Plus there are actual good deals on it! This is one more way Amazon can sell hardware for no profit.


RE: Guess this confirms
By jimbojimbo on 9/7/2012 12:28:49 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I don't mind ads on the lock screen either. I'd rather have that than ads that pop up constantly or waste screen space constantly sitting somewhere.


“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads














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