Amazon Kindle Tablet (Fire?) Coming Tomorrow

by sbucciarel Banned
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I haven't been tempted by a tablet yet .... but I am a HUGE Kindle fan and Amazon's Kindle tablet will be very tempting to me, especially priced at $250.

It's called simply the "Amazon Kindle". But it's not like any Kindle you've seen before. It displays content in full color. It has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen. And it runs Android.

Rumors of Amazon making a full-fledged tablet device have persisted for a while. I believe we were one of the first to report on the possibility from a credible source -- the same person who accurately called Amazon's Android Appstore. That source was dead-on again, it just took Amazon longer than anticipated to get the device ready to go. They're now close.

How do I know all of this? Well, not only have I heard about the device, I've seen it and used it. And I'm happy to report that it's going to be a big deal. Huge, potentially.

So here's what I know and what I saw:

Again, the device is a 7-inch tablet with a capacitive touch screen. It is multi-touch, but from what I saw, I believe the reports that it relies on a two-finger multi-touch (instead of 10-finger, like the iPad uses) are accurate. This will be the first Kindle with a full-color screen. And yes, it is back-lit. There is no e-ink to be found anywhere on this device.

Originally, Amazon had planned to launch a 7-inch and a 10-inch tablet at the same time. But that plan changed this summer. Now they're betting everything on the 7-inch. If it's a hit, they will release the more expensive 10-inch tablet in Q1 2012.

So how much will the 7-inch Kindle cost? $250.

Yes, Amazon has been able to trim the cost of the device to half of the entry-level iPad. And it will be the same price as Barnes & Noble's Nook Color, which this will very obviously compete with directly. Both have 7-inch color touch screens. Both run Android.

And this is where things get really interesting. As anticipated, Amazon has forked Android to build their own version for the Kindle. Simply put: it looks nothing like the Android you're used to seeing.

The interface is all Amazon and Kindle. It's black, dark blue, and a bunch of orange. The main screen is a carousel that looks like Cover Flow in iTunes which displays all the content you have on the device. This includes books, apps, movies, etc. Below the main carousel is a dock to pin your favorite items in one easy-to-access place. When you turn the device horizontally, the dock disappears below the fold.

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  • Profile picture of the author Johnny Optimo
    it's a good move on their part and an excellent price point - I wonder what their margins on this thing are.

    One of my friends has a regular kindle and I already think it's awesome - I just didn't have enough of a reason to buy one... this could be interesting though.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by Johnny Optimo View Post

      it's a good move on their part and an excellent price point - I wonder what their margins on this thing are.

      One of my friends has a regular kindle and I already think it's awesome - I just didn't have enough of a reason to buy one... this could be interesting though.
      Yeah ... the price is a no brainer. I love my Kindle and I really probably will buy this.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ryan David
      Originally Posted by Johnny Optimo View Post

      it's a good move on their part and an excellent price point - I wonder what their margins on this thing are.

      One of my friends has a regular kindle and I already think it's awesome - I just didn't have enough of a reason to buy one... this could be interesting though.
      Amazon will be a player in this market regardless of the margins they make on this thing. They are the only other tablet maker that has content that is ready to go....video on demand, books, music, movies, etc.

      Not only that, I've heard that it's not going to require you to download anything to your device. It's going to leverage their cloud platform to save space.

      It'll be a hit, there's no question.

      The kindle started out a little slow, but even my mom has one now.
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      • Profile picture of the author robyna
        I knew it was only a matter of time before they released a color version with the Nook and others having it. I got the 3G Kindle for Christmas last year and honestly I'm so spoiled by it, I don't care if I ever touch another book again!

        I use my Kindle mainly for reading text so color doesn't matter. My 6 year old has a few books on it so he would like the color but he'll live without just fine. I am glad they're remaining competitive though. Amazon rocks in my book!
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        • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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          Originally Posted by robyna View Post

          I knew it was only a matter of time before they released a color version with the Nook and others having it. I got the 3G Kindle for Christmas last year and honestly I'm so spoiled by it, I don't care if I ever touch another book again!

          I use my Kindle mainly for reading text so color doesn't matter. My 6 year old has a few books on it so he would like the color but he'll live without just fine. I am glad they're remaining competitive though. Amazon rocks in my book!
          I've been very happy with my normal non-color Kindle, but I'm going to buy this one too. I'll probably still read books on the regular Kindle (I haven't read a paper book since I got it) but have fun with movies, music and everything else on the Kindle tablet.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
          Originally Posted by robyna View Post

          ...I'm so spoiled by it, I don't care if I ever touch another book again!
          I bought a few paperbacks from Borders that was going out of business (70% off)... I've been reading only on Kindle for months before then but I forgot how nice it is to man-handle a paperback without worrying about breaking my expensive iPad.

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  • Profile picture of the author guitarjosh
    Love it.. if nothing else, the attractive price might make for some good price (and tech) wars between amazon and apple.. since apple's never really had any competition in this market. Indeed, Amazon will be a competitor.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by guitarjosh View Post

      Love it.. if nothing else, the attractive price might make for some good price (and tech) wars between amazon and apple.. since apple's never really had any competition in this market. Indeed, Amazon will be a competitor.
      I think Amazon will be a huge competitor for the iPad and probably all of tablets. The price is amazing, Kindle was/is amazing, Android OS is amazing. Be interesting to see how much market share they take from Apple. Just read that Apple has 80% of the tablet market share. Of course they keep suing everyone who tries to compete with them.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
        I'm excited about Amazon getting into the tablet business.

        I do like my iPad 1 but I run the Kindle app on it for buying/reading e-books. I also use the Kindle app on my computer and phone so I didn't buy the actual Kindle. But I'm going to have to give Kindle Fire a try.

        Bloomberg.com said they expect to start shipping them in November. Christmas time. Amazon should do very well with this bad boy.

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        • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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          Originally Posted by Alan Petersen View Post

          I'm excited about Amazon getting into the tablet business.

          I do like my iPad 1 but I run the Kindle app on it for buying/reading e-books. I also use the Kindle app on my computer and phone so I didn't buy the actual Kindle. But I'm going to have to give Kindle Fire a try.

          Bloomberg.com said they expect to start shipping them in November. Christmas time. Amazon should do very well with this bad boy.

          Someone registered KINDLEFIREREVIEW.COM yesterday.
          lol. Now I know what I'm getting myself for Christmas.

          I'll bet by tomorrow there will be hundreds of kindle fire domains registered.
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    First, i do hate Amazon

    unless that kindle coming with 3GS or 4G for free , I will still prefer to buy the Nook, B&N done an awesome job with that one.
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by onegoodman View Post

      First, i do hate Amazon

      unless that kindle coming with 3GS or 4G for free , I will still prefer to buy the Nook, B&N done an awesome job with that one.

      Yeah, we went about a month ago to buy a Kindle for my wife, and left the store with a Nook instead.

      The Nook offers so much more, making it an absolute, "No Brainer."

      One of the negatives that I was surprised to find with the Kindle is that you have to have a night-light to read it at night. The Kindle is not backlit.
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by tpw View Post

        Yeah, we went about a month ago to buy a Kindle for my wife, and left the store with a Nook instead.

        The Nook offers so much more, making it an absolute, "No Brainer."

        One of the negatives that I was surprised to find with the Kindle is that you have to have a night-light to read it at night. The Kindle is not backlit.
        The Kindle not being backlit is one of the reasons I love it. It is as close to reading a real book as it gets. Backlit screens hurt my eyes. I have an adorable little clamp light that clamps anywhere, including on the Kindle, that illuminates it when the power goes out, but an ordinary table lamp for reading is good for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rocket Media
    Sounds like a definite competitor to the iPad. This FINALLY will give apple a reason to drop the price (maybe on the next release or maybe even during the upcoming events??!?!?).

    As I expand my consulting business I find myself more and more in need of a tablet-like device... I'll definitely be considering the kindle tablet as well as the iPad.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lou Diamond
    Hello,
    it is just being announced on Sept 28 not coming out until next month or so,
    I really think they will have a problem with not having all of the available android apps in their own marketplace.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by Lou Diamond View Post

      Hello,
      it is just being announced on Sept 28 not coming out until next month or so,
      I really think they will have a problem with not having all of the available android apps in their own marketplace.
      That's true, but you'll probably be able to preorder soon. They'll get apps, I'm sure. Developers will flock to it, given the popularity of the Kindle.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan David
    I like the kindle for buying books, but I still prefer buying books on amazon. For a lot of reasons.

    1) My son wants to play games on the ipad anytime he sees me on it (doesn't do that with a book).

    2) I buy a lot of newer books on amazon and then turn around and resell them right away. Can't do that with a kindle.

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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Kage
    I don't think it's gonna be a competitor against the iPad since the new iPad 3 is coming shortly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ryan David
      Originally Posted by Sparda View Post

      I don't think it's gonna be a competitor against the iPad since the new iPad 3 is coming shortly.
      It depends what you define as "a competitor". Will it be number 1? Not likely.

      But it will be a solid number 2....and with amazon benefiting from the content delivered through the Kindle, they'll be doing pretty well.
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  • Profile picture of the author billnad
    I have heard that this will be true competition for the iPad, if for no other reason than the kindle already has a fairly big marketshare and Amazon is a big enough site to keep people buying ebooks
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    • Profile picture of the author PLRExpress
      I am quite tempted by the Kindle Fire - even before I've seen anything about it.

      I like Amazon as a company and do get all of my books from there.

      The only thing that makes me doubt getting the Fire is because I like my Kindle because it just reads books. I like the eInk on the Kindle and I still have an iPad 2 and a Samsung Galaxy Tab but I always go to the Kindle for reading my books.

      If the Kindle Fire is just like another tablet, then I may not get it. I like my eReaders to be just for reading books - otherwise I get distracted from the book and start checking emails etc.

      What I also like about the Kindle is that it's thin and light and better than a paperback. Will a tablet PC have the same advantages? :rolleyes:
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by NathanDevlin View Post

        I am quite tempted by the Kindle Fire - even before I've seen anything about it.

        I like Amazon as a company and do get all of my books from there.

        The only thing that makes me doubt getting the Fire is because I like my Kindle because it just reads books. I like the eInk on the Kindle and I still have an iPad 2 and a Samsung Galaxy Tab but I always go to the Kindle for reading my books.

        If the Kindle Fire is just like another tablet, then I may not get it. I like my eReaders to be just for reading books - otherwise I get distracted from the book and start checking emails etc.

        What I also like about the Kindle is that it's thin and light and better than a paperback. Will a tablet PC have the same advantages? :rolleyes:
        lol ... well, since you already have two tablets, you might not need another one. I don't have a tablet yet and I love Kindle, so I'm getting one.
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  • Profile picture of the author ShawnPeter
    Excellent media device.
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    • Profile picture of the author PLRExpress
      The Nook offers so much more, making it an absolute, "No Brainer."
      Yeah, I have always liked the look of the Nook. I like the fact that it is backlit and it's also a device primarily for books with not too many distractions.

      The only problem for me is that it's not available in the UK.
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  • Profile picture of the author guitarjosh
    This is a live blog discussion from the event right now.. pretty interesting.

    Live now: Amazon's NYC press event (live blog) | E-book readers - CNET Reviews
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    This article says it's going to be $199 ...
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-20112714-94/amazon-to-sell-kindle-fire-tablet-for-$199/?tag=mncol;posts

    Comes with Free Cloud Storage

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    • Profile picture of the author katied772
      Can Kindle downloads be shared much like when you read a book, then loan it to a friend?
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      • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
        Originally Posted by katied772 View Post

        Can Kindle downloads be shared much like when you read a book, then loan it to a friend?
        It depends on the publisher/author. There is an option to allow your Kindle e-book to be shared but most authors choose not to make it shareable. Especially the mainstream publishing houses.
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  • Profile picture of the author guitarjosh
    3 new kindles in addition, including a touch.

    price was just officially announced at $199


    Kindle Fire ships November 15. Can pre-order today.

    Using their own browser too. Wow.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin AKA Hubcap
      Anything which allows publishers to get more content to more people is a good thing.

      I've been waiting on the iPad 3 (had high hopes for the other Android tablets but they didn't live up to the hype).

      I plan to use the iPad in my business (presentations etc) so I need the 10" screen in addition to the apps.

      I'm assuming the Fire can handle enhanced (audio, video, pan and zoom images) e-books.

      What would be great is if Amazon developed a version with a 10" screen and an app framework for publishers that behaves more like an "app" than an e-book (instead of being basically linear allow the reader to jump around too different sections and different types of content).

      Still, for the price methinks I'll give it a go.
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by Kevin AKA Hubcap View Post

        I'm assuming the Fire can handle enhanced (audio, video, pan and zoom images) e-books.

        What would be great is if Amazon developed a version with a 10" screen and an app framework for publishers that behaves more like an "app" than an e-book (instead of being basically linear allow the reader to jump around too different sections and different types of content).

        Still, for the price methinks I'll give it a go.
        The 10" version is coming after the holidays. Don't know about the rest of it ... behaving more like an app.
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        • Profile picture of the author business4moms
          I was thinking that this looked more like a ipod touch than an ipad - I was hoping for a camera. I like that the larger size is coming out after the holidays. I'm thinking I will proably get this for my kids rather than the nintendo ds, And the a free app a day? That will come in very handy!

          I guess I may still wait for the windows tablet - I'm afraid I just have too many windows programs that I want to run and need way more than 8G.

          Thanks for all the info on this though - wow!1
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          • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
            Wow, game on!

            It might be overkill since I have an iPad 1 and my wife just got an iPad2 but Kindle Fire looks pretty sweet, especially at that price.

            I like this...

            Our state-of-the art Kindle Fire display is chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, making it extra durable and resistant to accidental bumps and scrapes.
            That's why I was thinking of getting a Kindle before. I hate taking the iPad in and out of my bag if I'm on the subway or what-have you.

            But if spending $109 for the Kindle without ads might as well spend $90 more for the Kindle Fire.

            Jeff Bezos, I bow down to your marketing and pricing genius.
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    Transcript of the live conference, which is now over

    Show Additional Entries [Additional Entries] 9:32 - 10:17

    TheGeek :
    The Nook Touch had page turn keys on the left and right side. Relying soley on the touchscreen may be a bit of a minus.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:17

    ScottStein:
    Bones of the book?
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:17

    TheGeek :
    Ive heard of books coming alive to a reader, but never heard of book bones...
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:18

    David Carnoy:
    It's a kind of search feature. Brings up Wikipedia entries for terms, etc...
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:18

    ScottStein:
    Not sure how that will fly.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:19

    ScottStein:
    The Barnes and Noble touch Nook is a very clean-looking device. The old-fashioned keyboard on the Kindle had to go sometime.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:20

    David Carnoy:
    Wow. Price point is $99!
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:20

    Gregor :
    WOW indeed!!
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:21

    ScottStein:
    Pretty good. Pretty...pretty good.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:21

    TheGeek :
    Finally, they get to the magic $99 price point. Very compelling.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:21

    ScottStein:
    $99 price point plus new design...win-win.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:21

    David Carnoy:
    Looks really thin. He's holding carbon colored version. Has Audible support.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:21

    David Carnoy:
    Kindle Touch 3G, too...
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:21

    ScottStein:
    3G comes with the $99 price?
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:22

    David Carnoy:
    "free 3G" again. $149. Top of the line Kindle.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:22

    ScottStein:
    Ahh. How many people use the Kindle w/ 3G?
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:22

    David Carnoy:
    WiFi only is $99. "We're going to sell many millions of these," Bezos says. Duh.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:22

    ScottStein:
    many millions.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:23

    David Carnoy:
    "What if you don't need touch?" he's now asking.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:23

    David Carnoy:
    New $79 Kindle without touch. Wow again.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:23

    David Carnoy:
    18% smaller
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:23

    ScottStein:
    Is the touch Kindle significantly smaller than the non-touch? That would be the big factor for most, I'd think.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:24

    David Carnoy:
    Faster page turns.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:24

    TheGeek :
    $79 Kindle? NICE! Prices slowly creeping towards free.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:24

    David Carnoy:
    "Making premium products at non-premium prices."
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:24

    David Carnoy:
    Devices seem about the same size. $79 model ships today.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:24

    David Carnoy:
    On to Special Offers...
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:25
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    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:25

    David Carnoy:
    Showing whole family of new Kindles. New ad.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:26

    ScottStein:
    It seems like a Special Offers Kindle should be able to get to free by next year at the latest. Or, hopefully, that's the goal.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:27

    David Carnoy:
    OK, we're talking about movies, MP3s, hear comes tablet...
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:27

    TheGeek :
    I definitely see a free kindle with Amazon Prime in the near future.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:28
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    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:28

    David Carnoy:
    Talking app store. Amazon Prime.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:28

    Oneal :
    Amazon is trying to flood the market at this price point. Content will be their moneymaker.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:29

    ScottStein:
    So to clarify, looks like the $79 Kindle has ads/Special Offers. Not a surprise.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:29

    David Carnoy:
    Talking Prime up.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:29

    tpettyrox :
    I already love Prime. Will they make me love it even more?
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:30

    David Carnoy:
    Talking partners. Mentions CBS. CBS owns CNET for those who don't know.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:31

    ScottStein:
    Amazon Prime=Amazon's iCloud/Xbox Live. Or, it's starting to seem that way. Get everyone to pay that yearly fee...
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:31

    David Carnoy:
    Now he's on to Web services...CloudFront.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:31

    Garrett :
    - New kindle Commerical!
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:31

    David Carnoy:
    Come on, let's get on with the tablet already. It's hot in here.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:31

    David Carnoy:
    BTW, if you haven't noticed, wireless connection is dodgy in here.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:32

    David Carnoy:
    Rounding up all the services..."We asked ourselves is there some way to bring all these things together into remarkable product offering that customers would love."
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:33

    Falcone (NYC):
    If you missed the earlier e-ink Kindle news: Amazon unveils trio of Kindle e-ink readers | Wireless - CNET News
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:33

    David Carnoy:
    Here it comes. Kindle Fire. Simple black border. 7-inch.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:34

    David Carnoy:
    Has dual-core processor. Light. 14.6 ounces. All about content.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:34
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    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:34

    ScottStein:
    The Playbook, reborn!
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:34

    J.T. :
    Scott, The Playbook as it should have been!
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:35

    David Carnoy:
    Lots of magazines, of course. "All content is backed up in the cloud so you can delete things when you want."
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:35
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    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:35

    David Carnoy:
    Wireless synching.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:35

    David Carnoy:
    Has image up of Apple USB connector.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:35

    David Carnoy:
    Whispersync will work with movies and TV shows.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:36

    Poppsie_J :
    Having all content backed up in the cloud is a big plus for me.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:36

    ScottStein:
    Amazon's already got iCloud matched. And Amazon has killer back-end servers and cloud-delivery technology.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:36
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    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:36

    David Carnoy:
    Bookmaarks for movies essentially...watch on your TV, then move to your Fire.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:36

    ScottStein:
    Like Netflix.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:36

    David Carnoy:
    Saves your place.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:36
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    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:36

    David Carnoy:
    He's demoing now. Bookshelf interface. Minimalist design for UI.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:37

    ScottStein:
    Won't Apple be essentially wireless-syncing this fall, too?
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:37

    David Carnoy:
    Not buttons on front of device.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:37
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    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:38

    David Carnoy:
    If this is $199, it will cause Apple and B&N some pain.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:38

    ScottStein:
    Does it have that same annoyingly small power button the Playbook was saddled with?
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:38

    David Carnoy:
    Showing X-Men on the screen.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:39

    David Carnoy:
    169 pixels per inch, Gorilla Glass...
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:39

    ScottStein:
    The integrated shelf is a clever concept.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:39

    David Carnoy:
    "Beautiful display," Bezos says channeling Steve Jobs.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:39

    David Carnoy:
    Now we're listening to Adele--music player.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:40
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    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:40

    psychobueller :
    @ScottStein That's a excellent question. Would almost be a deal breaker. That power button was impossible to use!
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:40

    David Carnoy:
    Showing books. "You can read with music in the background."
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:40

    David Carnoy:
    Playing Fruit Ninja game now. He's not very good.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:41

    Jeff :
    Everything about the presentation screams Apple except the massive margins on products.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:41
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    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:41

    David Carnoy:
    Showing speed of dual-core processor. Smooth gameplay. No 3D game, however.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:41

    Jason Sherman :
    In comparison, the iPad 2's display is only 132 pixels per inch!
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:41

    David Carnoy:
    Showing Amazon web page from 15 years ago. Only 10k file size.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:42

    David Carnoy:
    Showing Amazon today. 63 times bigger...
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:42
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    David Carnoy:
    630 kilobytes...
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:42

    David Carnoy:
    Looks like he's about to talk about Web surfing...
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:42

    David Carnoy:
    Challenges of displaying modern web pages rapidly...
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:43

    Guest :
    Same pixels per inch as Nook Color
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:43
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    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:43

    David Carnoy:
    Looked for way to accelerate web browsing through Amazon EC2. Introducing Amazon Silk...new web browser.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:44
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    David Carnoy:
    Engineers on screen discussing new Amazon Silk browser.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:44

    David Carnoy:
    Talking about adding Amazon's (EC2) cloud computing to browser.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:45

    ScottStein:
    Their own browser...interesting move. Not Chrome.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:46

    David Carnoy:
    "Split browsing--split between front end and backend." Some content cached locally on device it seems.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:46

    David Carnoy:
    "Requesting assets running on the cloud..."
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:47

    David Carnoy:
    Yes, caching involved.
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    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:48

    David Carnoy:
    They're claiming to be able to predict your browsing habits and cache pages in advance...
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:49
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    David Carnoy:
    For instance, if you always go to New York Times home page, then business section, it pre-loads business section before you get there.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:49

    David Carnoy:
    Bezos back on stage.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:49

    David Carnoy:
    Showing Fire again, talking specs, 14.6 ounces--no battery life spec yet, however.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:50

    ScottStein:
    So, it remembers your habits? Sounds like a way to assist offline browsing, possibly...wonder how this browser influences Safari/Chrome, if it improves the tablet browser experience.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:50

    David Carnoy:
    Here comes price.
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    David Carnoy:
    Bam. $199.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:51

    ScottStein:
    Doesn't he know that news is about an hour old?
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:51

    David Carnoy:
    "Unbelievable value," Bezos says. Reiterates, "We're building premium products for premium value." Good marketing line--obviously.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:51

    David Carnoy:
    Kindle fire add on screen now.
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    David Carnoy:
    Sorry, "Premium products at non-premium prices" is line.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:52

    David Carnoy:
    Kindle Fire ships November 15. Can pre-order today.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:52

    ScottStein:
    This changes the price equation. It's not a $99 HP TouchPad, but it's awfully close--and far better. Looks like Amazon learned from what happened this summer.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:52

    David Carnoy:
    Press conference coming to a close soon. Overall, more impressive than we expected.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:53

    David Carnoy:
    We will now get hands on time with devices.
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    David Carnoy:
    That's end of the press conference. On to the devices. Will try to clarify pricing on Special Offers Kindles.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:54

    ScottStein:
    Also made a clever price scale: $149 for Kindle with 3G, only $50 more for the Fire. Very Apple-like.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:54

    David Carnoy:
    As I said, will create problems for Barnes & Noble and e-reader makers.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:55

    ScottStein:
    David, thanks for the on-floor coverage. I think it will chip away at Apple a bit, too.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:55

    David Carnoy:
    These prices are what people have been waiting for.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:55

    ScottStein:
    Agreed.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:55

    ScottStein:
    Think this is going to chip away at Apple a bit, too.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:56

    ScottStein:
    These could also cause a big hit on iPod Touch sales, I'd imagine...same price and functions, in a way.
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:57

    Falcone (NYC):
    so, the top line headlines:
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:57

    Falcone (NYC):
    Amazon Kindle Fire hits at $199 -- http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-20112714-94/amazon-to-sell-kindle-fire-tablet-for-$199/
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:57

    J.T. :
    especially with no news of iPod Touch updates
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:58

    Falcone (NYC):
    And 3 new Amazon e-ink Kindles hit as well: $79 entry-level; $99 Touch Wi-Fi; $149 Touch 3G -- Amazon unveils trio of Kindle e-ink readers | Wireless - CNET News
    Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:58
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    The kindle was the biggest saviour when I was travelling Its light and perfect!

    I love it sooooo much :-)
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