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Oh, it's just another tablet.
Still $79 for a standard Kindle could be good if they can keep the GBP price down.
With the name I mean.
I get it.
This is the first tablet/ebook thing I've been tempted by.
meaning the screen isn't compromised.
Surely naming the tablet thingy Kindle Fire and announcing it in the same showing as the new version Kindle ereaders is going to confuse a few of the less tech-savvy peeps that the ereaders appealed to?
Lovely as some of the new stuff might look.
Amazon are right now unveiling their new shit in an Apple type of event.
So far we have:
- Normal Kindle at $79
- Touch screen version $99
- Touch screen 3G version $149
- Kindle Fire, which is basically just a tablet like the iPad that includes access to Amazon's online movies, music, etc. for $199
I think Colour e-Ink is just taking too long to be viable so they've clearly decided to make the normal e-reader dirt-cheap and then produce a cheap iPad thing too. You could get both for less than an iPad.
Which means a whole new app-store-type setup?
the things they can do these days
but I don't think either feeds seemed to know.
The OS thing may not really matter. Depends on whether people by iPads for the apps or for browsing, I guess.
and tied exclusively to the Amazon appstore (until someone hacks it)
deffo intend to keep a one-trick-pony bookreader for solely reading books, with the less gadgety bits the better
I've not even attempted to browse the net on mine. I can't lie on my back and swipe the screen one handed either.
I don't think they've got xylopwn's erotic poetry in the Kindle store yet.
by Neo-Nazis or something. Disappointed.
how is that even possible
and any decent battery life
I wonder if they just repackaged this
without the keyboard. What do you even use the keyboard for? Searching for books to download I guess, but it seems fairly unimportant.
Shame it isn't the £50 or so that would be equivalent to the US$79 version, but that's closer to a purchase price for me.
and that the US version is advertising supported whereas ours isn't. The touch version for $99 looks an excellent product to me as well.
The Fire I'm less convinced about - the price is certainly right, and Amazon are about the only company that have the setup already in place to compete with Apple for a media consumption device. Not so sure about some of the other decions though (web cache etc).
We get the full-price one over here. But $109 is actually £69 so even including VAT it's a hike.
As to the keyboard I think it's used for:
- free Wikipedia and other web surfing
- searching for books and purchasing on the Kindle store
- searching IN books for phrases
This one has a sort of multi-touch bit so maybe you can select letters using that when you need to put text in?
they should work out a download-code deal for book buyers ala new vinyl sales.
also it would help if a lot of ebooks weren't the same price/more expensive than new hard copies of the same titles.
essentially learn from what the music industry had to go through before making all the same mistakes again.
So we'll probably never see it.
Probably won't buy one because it's missing some of the stuff that made me want a Kindle in the first place, ie. 3G and E Ink. Quite like the idea of a budget tablet I can fit in my smallest handbag though.
but do people do this much in practice? I don't know.
Also, didn't really realise you could surf the web. Wouldn't it be a bit crap? What does bbc.co.uk look like on a black and white e-ink screen? Never heard/seen anyone so much as check their email on a kindle.
I think the Fire is about getting leap into the tablet market before Amazon has to simply become a 'supplier' to the new RIM/Android/iOS tablet market. They've built up their media streaming possibilities nicely over the last years so it's good for that.
But I don't think it's meant to be a replacement for the Kindle and e-ink at all. Rather, this new pricing is designed so that for less than an iPad you can own a Kindle and a Kindle FIRE and if the only real reason you wanted an iPad was for content consumption then this is a pretty good deal.
It is fairly crap but sometimes useful, eg. I can just about use google maps and get in touch with people via facebook
While we were in Italy my mate was getting issues with his iPhone on O2 and naturally didn't want to be paying stupid cash to use the net: but he was able to Google the answer to his problem using the Kindle for nothing.
Let us not forget: http://xkcd.com/548/
I'm glad they're carrying on with E Ink though, will definitely put off buying anything for now if it's going to be superseded.
Neither is massively heavy. My netbook is heavier than both combined (1.3kg) and you can barely notice it in a bag. Anyone with both probably also has a shit-kicking phone too and works in IT so they don't necessarily need to carry it around everywhere.
But I guess if you can afford all that stuff, it might be less of a worry
I managed to use it to link up my portal card to the drinks credit I'd brought at Primavera, shame the portal system then crashed :(
In sewer ants
Still not sure whether the keyboard is worth £20.
Is it gonna come out in the uk, was about to get a kindle 3 but will wait if a new one is coming out
amazon dont want our money?
I mentioned it up there. Basically this is only great in the US.