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.
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."