Well when I say small I actually mean pretty ground breaking, today Amazon announced that on November 15th they will begin to ship their brand new 7" Android based tablet, the Kindle Fire.
The specs are impressive with a Texas Instruments OMAP4 dual-core processor powering the whole show (no word yet on the clock speed but the chip’s recommended setting is 1-1.2GHz), Gorilla Glass protecting the screen which has a resolution of 1024 x 600. There is also 8GB of built-in storage & free cloud storage for all your Amazon content (Films, music, books, etc).
Amazon are also making a very big point that the Kindle Fire only weighs 413g (14.6 ounces) & can be held comfortably with one hand, something that you can’t do with the biggest selling tablet on the market right now.
The other stand out feature is the inclusion of Silk, a new web browser that,
extends the boundaries of the browser, coupling the capabilities and interactivity of your local device with the massive computing power, memory, and network connectivity of our cloud.
What that means is the web browser does very little work itself as Amazon’s AWS cloud computing platform does all of the rendering & heavy thinking, which should translate to a very quick web browsing experience akin to the Opera Mini browser.
But by far the stand out news about the Kindle Fire is the price, $199! (About £130) To put that in perspective for you the HTC Flyer has a retail price in America of $499.99 (£320), the Blackberry Playbook, which shares a lot of the same hardware as the Kindle Fire also has a price tag of $499.99, even the Apple iPad 2 is $499.99.
If Amazon can deliver a quality tablet experience for the insanely low price of $199 (& considering the Kindle Fire is almost a Blackberry Playbook, which was only let down by the lacklustre software) then Amazon may just have won the tablet wars.
The only downside is that Amazon currently have no plans on releasing the Kindle Fire outside of America.
Hopefully they will review that decision soon.
Posted by: Milt