Introducing The Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire

Move over, iPad -- there's a new tablet computer in town, the Kindle Fire.

It’s safe to say that Amazon’s recent announcement of their iPad equivalent, the Kindle Fire, has plunged the tablet computer industry into turmoil. It’s not just because there’s another tablet on the market: dozens of manufacturers rushed their versions into stores in the iPad’s wake. That’s old news.

No, the bombshell is that the Fire sells for $199, up to $300 less than the iPad and its competitors. Suddenly, tablets are a lot more affordable!

The Features

Admittedly, the Fire isn’t quite as versatile or as large as the iPad, but it’s still got a sky high neato-keen quotient.

It’s almost easier to tell you what the Fire doesn’t have than what it does, but let’s run down the basics. First: it offers a full-color touch-screen interface, and at 7.5 inches long and weighing just 14.3 ounces, it’s more portable that the iPad.

With the Fire, you can watch 10,000+ TV shows or movies, read 1,000,000+ books and magazines, play games, run all kinds of apps, listen to music, surf the Web using the new Amazon Silk browser, check email…And did we mention that the Fire can connect to just about any Wi-Fi network or hotspot?

Well, it can, with ease; and the list goes on and on.

More Features

The Fire (like all Kindles) is ruggedly built, with a durable display 30 times harder than plastic. They’ve designed it to fit easily in your hand, and it comes with all kinds of accessories.

Now, the size will turn some people off; but the Fire is mostly screen, and like all Kindles, it’s incredibly light for what it is. And you keep coming up against that astonishing price—less than half of what you’d pay for a new iPad.

Storage-wise, it’s got an onboard capacity of 8 gigabytes — enough to store 10 movies, 800 songs, or 6,000 books. And it offers something the iPad doesn’t: automatic, free cloud storage of all Amazon content, which you’ll always have access to even if you delete it off the Fire itself.

And by the way: the battery lasts for up to eight hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, though the power gets eaten up faster if you download content or browse the Web. It charges fully in four hours, either through your computer or using a power adaptor.

Get ‘Em While They’re Hot!

The Fire will be available on November 15, 2011; until then, you can pre-order. To get the full story, go the Fire page at Amazon.com.

Better buy your gift tablets while you can. Amazon expects to sell millions, so the Kindle Fire is likely to be in short supply if you don’t act immediately.

 

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