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Amazon Kindle Fire official: 7-inch, $199 Android tablet

updated 09:55 am EDT, Wed September 28, 2011

Amazon Kindle Fire confirmed early

Amazon officially if partially entered the tablet arena on Wednesday by launching the Kindle Fire. The seven-inch tablet uses a heavily customized version of Android 2.1 and is a showcase for Amazon Prime, Amazon MP3, Cloud Player, and now much more optimized magazines on the Kindle bookstore with a newsstand for titles from Condé Nast, Hearst, and Meredith. The $79 Prime subscription gets the usual free two-day shipping as well as unlimited access to Amazon Internet video; a 30-day trial comes with the sale.

Using a heavily modified Android build, which uses a "bookshelf" metaphor for organizing content based on recent items, keeps the tablet out of using Google apps. It's partly made up for through the Amazon Appstore, which will have key apps like Angry Birds or Pulse's newsreader. A web browser, Silk, is now much more prominent and is joined by a universal search that looks for both all content the owner has access to as well as the web. It even predictively load upcoming pages, much like Google Instant, and optimizes content to speed up the loading times.

The notification bar also has full settings at top along with quick controls for playing music in the background.

Along with screen size, it keeps costs down through a feature set closer to the Nook Color, such as its use of just Wi-Fi for Internet access as well as the absence of a camera. A 1024x600, IPS-based display gives it richer colors, and it still manages to perform well with a dual-core, 1GHz TI OMAP processor where the Nook Color and rivals are currently using single-core chips.

A total 8GB of storage is small by competing tablets' standards but is compensated for by the cloud movie and music services, which can still send a hard copy for those who need access offline.

Battery life is relatively short at seven hours of continuous Wi-Fi video streaming, although it should stay competitive for browsing.

Pricing on the Kindle Fire will be even lower than expected, at $199. The price is $50 lower than a Nook Color and just 40 percent that of the fuller-featured iPad. Pre-orders start today but won't ship until mid-November.











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  1. chippie

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    This Baby Will Spread Like Wild

    Fire. Looks like apple's share of the tablet market is going to tumble like boulders down the side of a cliff!

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  1. simon42

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    Apple's plan

    Is always to secure 10-20% of a market... and to extract maximum profits from privileged customers instead of actually trying to appeal to more normal (poorer!) customers. Look at the trend in phones and tablets and they should be there soon, What matters to them is not to make more people happy; it's to make maximum profit from those who can afford to follow.

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  1. chippie

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    This Baby Will Spread Like Wild

    Fire. Looks like apple's share of the tablet market is going to tumble like boulders down the side of a cliff!

  1. jdonahoe

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    No cheap iPad killer

    This will only take from Nook's share, it is not even close to iPad. The Fire has no camera, no 3G, it's limited in capabilities. Look at the commercial above, it appears there are no gyros. The woman hits the screen to bring up a page that has to be manually rotated to use. This ain't no iPad killer. It's cheap, but people will still pay for features they find useful.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    It'll Cook The Nook ...

    ... and definitely dwindle the old Kindle.

    But any iPad will still make it look sad.

  1. slapppy

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    I knew it

    Another Android clone. Big whoopee doo!

  1. Greengo

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    Sounds about right...

    Half the screen size, half the storage, not really much of an OS (limited by design), no cameras....so yeah the price seems to be right considering all it's missing. This is definitely going to kill in the Nook/Kindle market. The iPad has no worries here, considering the Nook Color has been our for awhile and hasn't made a dent in iPad sales/market. This is mostly an E-Reader.

  1. mr100percent

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    bad screenshot

    That last screenshot is for a feature nobody wants. What serious reader would want to play music while they're reading? Nice to have the option, I suppose.

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