Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Amazon Kindle! Four new readers and one is 'The One'

Dear Customer, 
There are two types of companies: those that work hard to charge customers more, and those that work hard to charge customers less. Both approaches can work. We are firmly in the second camp.
Thank you for being a customer,
Jeff Bezos
Founder & CEO

The above was an open letter by CEO of Amazon to his customers. The letter/email was written to announce four new products in their super hit Kindle lineup. The announcement, though, was done a little earlier in a press event.

Amazon Kindle

  • e-book reader
  • Priced at 79$
  • 6" e-ink display, 600x800 pixel resolution
  • 2GB internal memory
  • 30% lighter and 18% smaller than previous generation Kindle
  • 166 mm x 114 mm x 8.7 mm, just 170 gms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Over 800,000 titles
  • Free cloud storage for all amazon content
  • USB 2.0 connector
  • Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
  • up to 3 weeks with wireless always on else lasts upto one month with wi-fi off and half an hour reading per day.
Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G

  • Touch screen e-book readers
  • Priced at 99$ for Kindle Touch and 149$ for Touch 3G
  • 6" e-ink multitouch display, 600x800 resolution
  • 172 mm x 120 mm x 10.1 mm, 213gms (220 gms for 3G)
  • 4GB internal memory
  • Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
  • up to 3 weeks with wireless always on else lasts upto one month with wi-fi off and half an hour reading per day.
  • USB 2.0
  • 3.5mm stereo jack
  • Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
Kindle Fire

Frankly speaking, there never was a tablet that made me say 'wow' apart from iPad 2. There are numberous tablets that were announced everyday. They were released for a skyhigh price and wait for eternity for customers. What exactly does this Fire offer that iPad doesn't? Well, that I will tell right at the end but first, let's take a look at the features:


A 7" premium quality IPS panel for stunning color reproduction and unmatched viewing angles. 


Thanks to the premium quality IPS panel, you can read your favourite magazine in rich color. And the good this is that Amazon already has a strong catalogue of hundreds of e-zines with built in audio video and interactive features


From what I understand, the UI is build from ground up and unlike other tablet that try to do too many things, this tablet is focussed on one thing. Information at your finger tips. The entire interface is designed to make reading better (which is how tablets need to be dealt).

Movies and TV Shows
100,000 of them. If you are Amazon Prime memeber, you can watch thousands of movies and TV shows for free (streaming) and without any ad interruption.

Under the hood:
For those who think that any current gen tablet should have fiery CPU, Amazon will make them happy. Fire comes with a dual core processor.

Huge catalogue of games is available to keep you entertained and there are good number of apps 

Web Browser:
Amazon Fire comes with a new browser named Silk, This is a cloud-accelerated browser and Amazon has used 'split browser' architecture for optmium web browsing experience. And guess what, it does support Adobe Flash.
To know more about Silk browser, head here.

Millions of books. Yes, millions of books are available for Fire. Kindle store offers 800,000 titles that cost less than 10$. And there are 2 million+ out-of-copyright free to download books.

Other great features include:
  • Free cloud storage
  • Children's books (1000+ illustrated books)
  • Easy to hold
  • 17 million songs
  • Email client
  • Amazon's Whispersync to sync library
  • 1 month Amazon Prime membership free.
  • Document reader (PDF etc)
The best part is this. The all new Kindle Fire tablet costs just 199$. Yes, that makes it the cheapest tablet from major brands and it is one heck of a price that can put all those android tablets to shame and yes, I do mean it. 

Technical Details  
  • 7" multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors. 
  • 7.5" x 4.7" x 0.45" (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm). 
  • 14.6 ounces (413 grams).
  • 8GB internal. That's enough for 80 apps, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.
  • Cloud Storage Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
  • Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.
  • Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB. 
  • Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks. 
  • USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers. 
  • Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.
So, 199$ quality tablet that has access to millions of books, tens of thousand of shows and thousands of songs. What more do you want?

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