Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Amazon Kindle Fire Review: RIM's Playbook Kiss of Death, And Threatens Apple's Model

Amazon unveiled its Kindle Fire today. Forget the old Kindle eReaders, this is no ordinary "kindle".

Let's start with the negatives. This new devide shares a couple of shortages that its predecessors (iPad 1 and Playbok) have: lack of a camera, and lack of access to the OS (open architecture), this might be addressed by hackers in no time, and more debatably, lack of 3G.

Now, the the big positives, and there are many.
  • Powerful (dual core CPU)
  • Cheap ($199, with wi-fi)
  • Light, good battery

For Amazon, the huge plus is that the device integrates access to Amazon's content, including, books, musioc, and videos. This is probably even better than Apple's model, and infinitely better than RIM or any other tablets. The low price is also a major hit to Apple.

This product can be a huge differentiator for Amazon. I would expect very good news from Amazon due to this device in the future.

Very good move from Amazon. Just waiting from a pullback. Keep an eye on the stock.

Features (per Amazon site):

Stunning Color Touchscreen: 7" vibrant color touchscreen that delivers 16 million colors in high resolution. Kindle Fire uses IPS (in-plane switching) technology - similar technology to that used on the iPad - for an extra-wide viewing angle, perfect for sharing your screen with others.

Magazines in Rich Color: Enjoy your favorite magazines with glossy, full-color layouts, photographs and illustrations. Choose from hundreds of titles, such as Bon Appetit, Elle, and Oprah. Special editions of titles like Vanity Fair, Wired, and GQ come with built-in video, audio and other interactive features.

100,000 Movies and TV Shows: Over 100,000 movies and TV shows, including thousands of new releases and your favorite TV shows, are available to stream or download, purchase or rent - all just one tap away. Amazon Prime members enjoy unlimited, commercial-free streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows.

Fast, Dual-Core Processor: Kindle Fire features a state-of-the-art dual-core processor for fast, powerful performance. Stream music while browsing the web or read books while downloading videos.

Your Favorite Apps and Games: Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, The Weather Channel and more, plus a great paid app for free every day. All apps are Amazon-tested on Kindle Fire for the best experience possible.

Ultra-fast web browsing - Amazon Silk: Amazon Silk is a revolutionary, cloud-accelerated browser that uses a "split browser" architecture to leverage the computing speed and power of the Amazon Web Services cloud. Supports Adobe® Flash® Player. Learn why it's so fast.

Millions of Books: Read bestsellers, children's books, comic books, and cookbooks in vibrant color. The Kindle Store offers over 1 million books, including 800,000 titles at $9.99 or less. In addition, over 2 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available such as Pride and Prejudice. Learn More

Free Cloud Storage: Forget about memory - Kindle Fire gives you free storage for all your Amazon digital content in the Amazon Cloud. Your books, movies, music and apps are available instantly to stream or download for free, at a touch of your finger.

Your Favorite Children's Books: Kindle Fire is great for parents and kids. Stir your child's imagination with over 1000 beautifully-illustrated children's books, including favorites like Brown Bear, Curious George, and Circus Ship.

17 Million Songs: Stream your music library from Amazon Cloud Drive or download to your device and listen offline. Looking for new music? Discover over 17 million songs in the Amazon MP3 Store.

Extra Durable Display: 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.

Email: Stay in touch using our built-in email app that gets your webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL etc.) into a single inbox. Import your messages and contact lists from other email accounts. Additional email apps are available in our Amazon Appstore for Android.

Amazon Whispersync: Like Kindle e-readers, Kindle Fire uses Amazon's Whispersync technology to automatically sync your library, last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across your devices. On Kindle Fire, Whispersync extends to video. Start streaming a movie on Kindle Fire, then pick up right where you left off on your TV - avoid the frustration of having to find your spot. Learn more

Read Your Documents: Kindle makes it easy to take your documents with you. You can e-mail documents - including Word, PDF and more - directly to your Kindle so you that you can read them anytime, anywhere.

And a "Free Month of Amazon Prime", to generate even more cash for Amazon. "Experience the benefits that millions of Amazon Prime members already enjoy, including unlimited, instant streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows and Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items."

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