My First Take:
Amazon’s new Kindle Fire was announced the other day, and it has set off quite a debate on what it is going to do in the tablet market place.
In this part of the discussion:
The Kindle Fire is Amazon’s answer to the Barnes & Noble Nook color ebook reader. It is a tablet computer/e-book reader with a 7″ color, multi-touch screen. Here are some of the highlights:
- Overall size: 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).
- Display: 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
- Weight: 14.6 ounces (413 grams)
- RAM: 8GB
- Battery Life: 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.
- Wifi: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard.
- Connections: USB port, Audio 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.
- Cloud: Free Amazon cloud storage for all Amazon content.
- System Requirements: NONE – does not require a computer.
- 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.
- Amazon Prime: (1 month free, $79 per year after that)
- Unlimited, instant streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows,
- Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items