Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kindle Fire Goes on Sale in the US

The Kindle Fire goes on sale in the US today in swipe at the Apple iPad. For half the price and half the size of an iPad, the Kindle Fire has gained popularity quickly from potential tablet buyers. The Kindle Fire is currently on sale on Amazon for $199 compared to the Apple iPad which costs $499 for the cheapest model.

The Kindle Fire comes with 8GB of internal storage (only 6GB is available for user data) and Amazon content can be stored for free "in the cloud" (no limit on that). The Kindle Fire currently runs on a slightly modified Android operating system. The device is capable of playing back music, movies, has a built in Amazon Silk Browser for viewing websites at a faster speed, and pretty much anything else an Android device can do. The Kindle Fire does not come along with free 3G unlike some of their other E-ink readers, but can connect to the internet using Wifi.

Due to the high popularity, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says Amazon is making "millions more" then they have predicted. Lot's of fans have already pre-ordered the device.

Technical Details:
Display: 7" multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment.
Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.
Device Size: 7.5" x 4.7" x 0.45" (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).
Weight: 14.6 ounces (413 grams).
Built-in Storage: 8GB (about 6GB can be used for user content)
Built-in Storage (approximate): Around 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.
Cloud Storage: Infinite storage for all Amazon content.
Battery Life (Wireless off): 8 hours of continuous reading, or 7.5 hours of video play back.
Battery Life (Wireless on): Battery life will vary based on network usage.
Charge Time: 4 hours using the included US power adapter.
Wifi: Supports all 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n Wifi access points using WEP, WPA and WPA2 security or no security. Does not support ad-hoc (peer-to-peer) Wifi connections.
USB: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
Audio: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.
Content Formats: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.
Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty
What's in the box: Kindle Fire device, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.

Again the Amazon Kindle Fire can be bought for $199 on Amazon
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