Amazon unveils their tablet, they’re in the best position to overtake the Apple iPad

Posted on 28. Sep, 2011 by in Tablets

Amazon Kindle Fire tablet announcedThe Amazon has finally unveiled their first tablet device, it’s named Amazon Kindle Fire and it’s 7-inches in size. Amazon describes their new Kindle Fire tablet as the “a new class of Kindle” since it’s the first Kindle product to feature a color multi-touch display. The new Kindle Fire tablet is up for pre-orders now but when it’s released in November you’ll be able to get one for only $199, that’s right only $199.

The pricing alone puts the Amazon Kindle Fire in the pack of challengers to Apple’s tablet market dominance, but the software designed for the Kindle Fire make it stand well apart from any other iPad challenger.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire introduces an Android based operating system with a unique user interface for tablets that centers around Amazon content (books, magazines, movies, television shows, and apps/games). –keep in mind that the Kindle Fire also has a native e-mail client, reads Office DOC files, and the tablet has Amazon Whispersync.

Amazon Kindle Fire tablet and interface

The Amazon Kindle Fire's interface puts content at the forefront. Image: Amazon

Other than the interface being new and different the pre-installed web browser is also something new for the industry. Amazon is introducing a new kind of mobile web browser that uses a technology they call Amazon Silk, the Kindle Fire’s browser is cloud-accelerated using Amazon Silk which in-short means that Amazon’s own cloud servers will work with your tablet to speed-up the entire web browsing experience –and if you’re wondering the browser does support Adobe’s Flash Player plug-in for web browsers.

Amazon did a lot with the software but they didn’t forget about the physical hardware either. The tablet, as promised, does share a resemblance to the 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The Amazon Kindle Fire features a dual-core TI OMAP processor, a 7-inch 1024 x 600 IPS (better color reproduction and viewing angles) multi-touch screen with Gorilla Glass protection, 512MB of RAM, 8GB internal storage (unlimited cloud storage for Amazon purchased content that includes apps because Amazon has their own app store), micro-USB 2.0 port, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3.5mm headphone jack with dual stereo speakers, and the battery which charges fully in four hours time can offer up to 8 hours of battery life for reading and up to 7.5 hours for video playback.

The Amazon Kindle Fire is light weight (14.6 oz.) and thin (11.4 mm) making it very portable, something Amazon was going for with the tablet.

Right now you can pre-order the Amazon Kindle Fire direct from Amazon.com but the tablet will be officially released on November 15, 2011. Keep in mind that when you buy the Kindle Fire you get one month of unlimited use of Amazon’s Prime service that nets you access to over 10,000 movies and television shows as well as free two-day shipping on any products on Amazon.com.

Full specifications:

Display7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.
Size (in inches)7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).
Weight14.6 ounces (413 grams).
System RequirementsNone, because it’s wireless and doesn’t require a computer.
On-device Storage8GB internal. That’s enough for 80 apps, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.
Cloud StorageFree cloud storage for all Amazon content
Battery LifeUp 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.
Charge TimeFully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB.
Wi-Fi ConnectivitySupports 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 PortUSB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
Audio3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.
Content Formats SupportedKindle (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.
DocumentationQuick Start Guide(included in box); Kindle User’s Guide (pre-installed on device)
Warranty and Service1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the Kindle License Agreement and Terms of Use.
Included in the BoxKindle Fire tablet, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.

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