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Kindle Fire – $199

Amazon Kindle Fire

I rarely see technology that truly excites me these days – but Amazon with their Kindle Fire did just that. I’d always liked the Apple iPad but the $600+ price has always put me off – and black and white readers which ONLY allow you to read and have no ability to do anything else seem like a waste of technology.

When HP dumped their touchpad onto the market at $100 I was one of those people who thought “hey for that money I’ll buy it and THEN work out what I can use it for”… regardless of whether there was any new software being written for it. This simply because having the ability to surf the web on something that was portable and easier to read than an iphone just sounded cool.

Unfortunately like 1000′s of others I missed out on that particular opportunity, but I am wondering now if that was actually a lucky break since Amazon now has the Kindle Fire.

At $199 this is double the impulse-buy that the touchpads were being sold at, but with some distinct advantages:

a company that looks like they actively WANT to support this form factor
a mass of media ready for consumption
a size and weight that means you don’t need 2 hands to hold it when you ARE reading
and cloud storage which means that you aren’t restricted by the amount of memory in the device.

I’m now wondering how I can persuade Sarah to let me have one for Christmas!

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 storage. That’s enough for 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.
Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Up to 8 hours Battery life – continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off.
Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter.
Also supports charging from your computer via USB.
Wi-Fi Connectivity
USB Port
Audio 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.
Content Formats Supported 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.
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