As promised, Amazon has launched the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet, allowing consumers to purchase the 16 GB model immediately. For those who want the 32 GB model, Amazon is gladly accepting pre-orders for $249 now, and will ship the tablet on October 25, conveniently one day before Microsoft unloads Windows 8 and the first wave of related devices on consumers.
As previously reported, the Kindle Fire HD sports a 7-inch HD LCD screen with a default resolution of 1280 x 800. Powereing the device is a masked Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" and a dual-core 1.2 GHz OMAP4460 SoC from Texas Instruments. Also thrown into the mix is 10-point multi-touch capabilities, a battery offering 11 hours of continuous use, 1 GB of RAM, dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity (meaning 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), and more.
For $40 less, customers can purchase the revamped original Kindle Fire for $159.99 USD. Not much has changed with this gadget unfortunately, as it still sports the same 7-inch screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution, 8 GB of internal storage, and single-band Wi-Fi connectivity. There are also no volume buttons, and there's no SD card slot for expanding the storage, but Amazon has doubled the memory and threw in a better battery for improved performance, so that's a plus.
For consumers who think bigger is better, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will be avialable on November 20, costing $299 for the 16 GB version and $369 for the 32 GB version. Still not enough? Try the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE models launching on the same day, costing $499 for the 32 GB version and a hefty $599 for vthe 64 GB version. All four will come packed with a dual-core OMAP4470 SoC clocked at 1.5 GHz, a 1920 x 1200 resolution, dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity and more.
"We're taking on the most popular price point for a tablet, $499, but doubling the storage and incredibly, adding ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. "Kindle Fire HD is not only the most-advanced hardware, it's also a service. When combined with our enormous content ecosystem, unmatched cross-platform interoperability and standard-setting customer service, we hope people will agree that Kindle Fire HD is the best high-end tablet anywhere, at any price."
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Slight typo there, Tom's ;)
Why would any other tablet not be relevant just because of the Nexus 7 tablet?
I think, though, if Android tablets were worth much of anything on the "productivity" or "creation" side, it would be a no-brainer--standard tablet all the way. But for now, Android's advantages of being a wide and open-platform also work against it in that case--it's sooo difficult to ensure any amount of stability and user experience across devices.
I'm all for whatever people want to use, whether it's an ipad, kindle, android, etc.--but as I've transitioned through the various ones, Amazon's mostly-locked but partially-open platform is by far the most appealing since tablets are still content-consumption devices. Where, IMHO, Apple shows contempt for their users (or rather, contempt for their users to have freedom with their hardware, and they had to funnel everyone through iTunes, and still do to some extent), Amazon is more-lax, but still not as lax as the general Android market. But I think they all appeal to different populations of people, and I'm all for more options for everyone. :)