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Discussion in 'Travel Technology' started by ACMM, Sep 27, 2011.
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Bezos Portrays Pocket-Sized Fire as Service, Not Tablet
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They completely blew me away. I was expecting what we now know of as the Kindle Fire, but not the $79 Kindle. That's just nuts!
Nuts in a good or bad way?
Nuts in a very, very good way. Well, at least if you're not a book publisher, ha! I think the tipping point for most people to get an e-reader is $100. I remember when the Kindle first came out. Everyone was crying that it was too expensive. And at $250, it was! But tons of people were saying they'd wait until it got down to $100. Now there's a $99 Kindle Touch and a $79 non-touchscreen Kindle. Kindles already sell very well, but now they're gonna start selling iPod good.
Wow! I hadn't even heard about the Fire until today. It looks amazing! Never having to worry about space would be really nice. Since all I really do on my tablet is browse, kindle and listen to music/lectures this is definitely a better buy for someone like me than an iPad.
This will give the iPad a serious run.
Yeah, Amazon did a great job keeping most of the details under wraps until today; including the name. I'd much rather have a Fire than an iPad. Much better price and better size for carrying around.
I must agree! It's a great size and at $200 (as opposed to $500) I wouldn't be as hesitant to take it to the gym, the pool, the beach, etc.
It's actually gotten me to look into some of the other products Amazon offers like streaming TV/movies. Didn't even know they offered that!
B&N really has to respond by dropping the price of the Nook Color or they're dead in the water. Given that it's an android OS, I would assume we'd be able to read epub ebooks/pdfs on it, unlike the regular kindles? That'd be a deal-breaker for me.
I believe a Nook Color 2 is expected soon.
I am a very happy user of a Kindle 3G. The thing I like most is that whatever country or area in the world I am in, I can turn it on and get the latest books, newspapers, etc without having to insert a new SIM Card or worry about very expensive fees (because it is free). What I am not sure about- with the Fire- how does it work to get data when not connected to a WiFi network? In any event, it looks great- but I don't know if I will switch from my 3G just yet.
That is my view too. I quite like my iPad but I'm deeply addicted to my Kindle DX, precisely because of content but I do read Kindle books on both the iPad (especially at night) and Kindle and sych them every day so it does not matter when I read the same book on both. The Fire could make me change...
Yes- well we shall see in a short time! The 3G Kindle also has at least a 7 day battery life in my experience- which is great for people like me who forget to charge their 3G and then want to use it beside the swimming pool!
Since its only network connection is WiFi, you will have to find a WiFi hotspot or create one using a MiFi-style appliance or phone app.
That is what I thought- will stick with my 3G for now however the Fire does look very interesting.
Is there a decent reader for Android with support for DRM'ed ePub books that would work on this device? I still use a Sony Reader because (a) for the most part, eInk is eInk and (b) I have a huge library of unread books that my wife acquired over the years that I still have to catch up with. I can read them on my iPad with BlueFire (though outside in bright sunlight I much prefer the Sony device).
Indeed, this is the only real shortcoming I can find so far with the Fire - no 3G. Wifi is good when traveling domestically since you can find it free at many airports, most midpriced hotels and any McDonalds - but that works best when you're downloading books in spurts and then reading them at your leisure. For web browsing, you really want to have ubiquitous access, and wifi-only isn't there at this time. I'd live with it for a Fire, though.
For me I am still going to wait for the iPad 3 ... call me what you will ... that is what I want ...
I will call you...Tabby.
Do you want an iPad 3 or are you looking for particular features that no one's offering today? (eg much higher res screen)
I'll seriously consider it depending on how easy sideloading is for the device.
I think I just want the iPad3
I just want something where they didn't forget such basic features such as a microphone! Anyone know if the Fire supports a headset/mike combo?
Except for software questions, you can answer almost everything by checking out the BB Playbook