There has been an overwhelmingly positive reception to Amazon's unveiling of the Kindle Fire. Amazon's main competitors in the tablet field are the Apple iPad 2 and Barnes and Noble's Nook. With a price tag of $199, the Kindle Fire is less than half the price of an Apple iPad2, and $50 less than Barnes and Noble's Nook. The reaction to Amazon's tablet has been phenomenal. Some of the outstanding features of Amazon's newest tablet are:
1. An Improved Display
The Kindle Fire has a 7-inch IPS LCD, multi-touch display screen made from Corning's gorilla glass, which is 30 times tougher than plastic, and is extremely resistant to scrapes, bumps, and scratches. The wide-angle anti-glare display screen is capable of 16 million vibrant colors, with a screen resolution of 1024x600; it packs in a whopping 169 screen pixels per inch.
2. A Great Browser
The Kindle Fire uses an ultra fast web browser called Amazon Silk, which allows you to access Amazon's rich catalog of books, music and movies, and travel just about everywhere you want on the internet using Wi-Fi 802.11, including Twitter, Facebook, Pandora, and Netflix. There are literally thousands of popular Android apps and games available to import to your Kindle Fire, and it can be easily held with one hand because of its light weight. Checking your e-mails or reading a magazine in its original published colors is a breeze with its intuitive interface.
3. What is under the Hood?
The Kindle Fire comes with a dual-core processor, and an on-device storage capacity of 8GB, which is enough for 10 movies, or 80 apps, or 800 songs, or 6000 books. There is extra storage capacity in the attic called Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) system. Amazon also offers unlimited free cloud storage backup for content purchases made from Amazon, and up to 5GB storage for any of your other personal content. The battery will last for up to 8 hours of reading, or 7.5 hours of video playback. When drained, the battery will take 4.5 hours to fully recharge using a power adapter, or a USB connection to your computer.
The Kindle Fire is lightweight at 14.6 ounces, and it has top mounted stereo speakers, along with a stereo audio jack. The three main things you will not be getting on the Kindle Fire are a camera, GPS, and 3G, and I believe that Amazon decided to leave out those items in order to reach that $199 price tag. In a comparison between the nook vs kindle, I thing the kindle has the advantage. Sticking to that $199 price and releasing it forty days before Christmas is marketing genius.