When Amazon announced the new Kindle Fire HD, it took a firm step into its transformation into a major player in the consumer electronics space. Jeff Bezos sold the fact that Amazon was in the unique position that allowed it to create a device that was about more than just the gadget itself--Kindle Fire is all about the services that are tied to it, and the Fire HD in particular is the cream of Amazon's tablet crop. Then the price was announced, and at $199 heads turned and ears perked. A high quality tablet that is completely tied in to Amazon's ecosystem with a great display, rock solid Wi-Fi, and stereo speakers for $199? Is it too good to be true, or is the Kindle Fire HD the king of the 7-inch tablet roost? Read on for our full Kindle Fire HD (7-inch) review.
Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD is now available, sporting its 1280x800 display and stereo speaker goodness. We've got one in-hand, and are preparing our full Kindle Fire HD (7-inch) review as we speak, but in the meantime, we've put together a gallery of images showing off the hardware. As you'll see, even just on the outside, it's a nice upgrade from the original Kindle Fire hardware. Also, the Special Offers aren't anywhere near as bad as people made them out to be. Go ahead and check out our Amazon Kindle Fire HD (7-inch) unboxing gallery, and stay tuned for our review.
Amazon revealed a ton of new Kindle hardware at its 2012 Kindle Press Event last week, and we've got the event here for you to check out. Get a look at the new Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire, and the entry-level $69 Kindle as introduced by Jeff Bezos. The event ran a little long, so we've condensed it down to make it easier to enjoy. All the gadget news without all the awkward pauses or drawn out demos. There was a lot of info packed into just over an hour, and we've squeezed it down to just over 25 minutes for you. Check it out for all the info on Amazon's latest e-book reader hardware, and admire Jeff Bezos doing his best to stick it to Apple and Google. Oh, and if you wanna read our play-by-play, you can check out our live coverage of Amazon's Kindle event.
Yesterday Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage to announce a slew of new Kindle hardwards, including the Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Paperwhite, a cheaper entry-level Kindle, and much more. We covered all the Kindle news live, but we wouldn't hold it against you if you wanted to see the event for yourself. You can check out our condensed version above. We figured that there weren't too many people who'd wanna sit through the one hour presentation, so we squeezed it down to 25 minutes, focusing on the main highlights.
All attention was on Amazon today as Jeff Bezos took the stage to anounce the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD, as well as updated Kindle and Kindle Fire units. In case you missed any of the action, here's all of our coverage on today's event:
- Live from Amazon’s Kindle event!
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD: 7- and 8.9-inch tablets starting at $199
- Amazon Kindle Paperwhite offers illuminated touch display for $119
- Amazon Kindle HD 8.9” 4G LTE Wireless offers 250MB monthly data for $50 per year
- Amazon’s entry-level Kindle is now just $69
- The new Amazon Kindle Fire: Twice the RAM, twice the performance, $159
And of course, you can now pre-order all of the new Kindle hardware:
- Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9"
- Kindle Fire HD 7"
- Kindle Fire
- Kindle Paperwhite
- Kindle Paperwhite 3G
Alongside the Kindle Paperwhite, the other big news from this morning's Amazon Kindle event was the new Kindle Fire HD. The Fire HD will be available in two sizes--a 7-inch model, and an 8.9-inch version.
The larger version sports a 1920 x 1200 254 ppi display that has a polarizing filter (and laminated touch sensor) to reduce glare. On the inside, the Kindle Fire 8.9 is powered by a TI OMAP 4470 CPU and 1GB RAM. It's got dual stereo speakers (very nice for a tablet,) a high definition front-facing camera (with Skype support,) and even HDMI out. Additionally, it has MIMO dual-band Wi-Fi support, making its wireless connection up to 41% faster than that of the new iPad. Amazon is selling these for just $299 for the 16GB model, a full $100 less than we expected, and they'll ship on November 20th. The 32GB model sells for $369. Those who need mobile data connectivity aren't left out in the cold, as there's also a Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE.
If the Kindle Paperwhite is a little too rich for your pocketbook and you don't need a lit display, Amazon has announced that the entry-level Kindle is now just $69. That is a far cry from the original Kindle that launched at $399, and puts the Kindle at an impulse buy price point. The new $69 Kindle is pretty much the same as last year's model, except that it has a darker bezel, and also has newer fonts, sharper text, and turns pages 15% faster. You can order it today, and it'll ship on September 14th.
Be sure to check out our full coverage of today's Amazon Kindle event.
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During this morning's Amazon Kindle event, the new Kindle Paperwhite was announced. This is the e-ink Kindle you've been waiting for is you've wanted to read in the dark. The Kindle Paperwhite sports an illuminated capacitive touchscreen front-lit display that is so subtle that it doesn't cause eye strain. Jeff Bezos made mention that the new Kindle Paperwhite offers 25% more contrast that previous models that used the Pearl e-ink displays, and has 62% higher resolution with its 212 pixels per inch. Equally impressive is that fact that it gets 8 weeks of battery life while using the light. It's all touch with this one, so don't expect any hardware buttons (other than a power button we'd guess,) but it's 15% more responsive than last year's Kindle Touch.
If you wanna get your hands on one, expect to pay $119 for the Wi-Fi Kindle Paperwhite, while the 3G model is priced at $179. They ship on October 1.
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We are reporting live from the Amazon Kindle event this morning. Expect a new Kindle Touch with PaperWhite technology, an updated Kindle Fire tablet (possibly in two sizes,) and maybe some new content partnerships. Additionally, the rumor mill says we may see a set-top-box, or even an Amazon smartphone. We will know for sure in a few minutes. Follow along after the break!
In the midst of Apple and ebook publishers collusion allegations brought forth by the Department of Justice (DoJ), Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley (Democrat), is tossing in her hat by filing a civil antitrust lawsuit. Three book publishers are shelling out over $69 million, $2 million of which is going to Massachusetts customers, to settle out of court. The ongoing lawsuit alleges that Apple got together with publishers and devised a plan to raise ebook prices in Apple's own iBookstore, which is in direct competition with Amazon's Kindle ebook store. Amazon is known for selling it's ebooks at rock-bottom prices, often at the expense of publishers and authors. So, although it appears that the DoJ's lawsuit greatly benefits consumers, who it really benefits is Amazon. Look at it this way: Amazon makes its lion share of money from many different sources, therefore, it can afford to sell ebooks at a loss since consumers buying through Amazon Kindle are exposed to advertisement promoting everything else they sell. Meanwhile, other booksellers are going out of business unable to compete, inadvertently creating a monopoly where Amazon reigns supreme. In the long run, who is this really benefiting? The way I see it, the DoJ lawsuit, although good intentioned, will eventually have the opposite effect of what its trying to achieve; and while now it appears to benefit consumers, in the end, Amazon wins.
Ebook publishers Macmillan and Penguin have not settled and Apple vowed to fight the allegations in court.
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