Amazon’s New Kindles Are Greatly Improved
Wired Magazine has a good summary of the new features and technological improvements in Amazon’s revamped line of Kindles, announced today. The Kindle Fire has some excellent enhancements, including a much faster and more powerful processor, a 1920x1200 HD display, a front-facing HD camera for video calling, a redesigned Dolby audio system, and it now supports 4G LTE wireless for only $50 a year — an amazingly low price.
I’m almost ready to buy a tablet myself, and I’m going to have a hard time deciding between the Kindle Fire HD and the new iPad. The Kindle Fire is moving more into the realm of a general purpose tablet (although the Android-based OS still seems optimized toward consuming Amazon content, oddly enough). And there’s no doubt that it’s significantly less expensive than an iPad.
There’s also a very tempting new version of the Kindle e-reader called the Kindle Paperwhite, with a redesigned high-resolution display and free 3G wireless. The display uses a patented new “front lighted” technology so that the diffused light is directed down toward the surface from above, instead of the standard back-lighting that shines the light toward your eyes. Amazon says this reduces eye strain, and I see no reason to doubt it.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to talk myself into buying one of these Kindles (I may get the Wi-Fi only version for $60 less).
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