Amazon Goes Big: Updated Kindles Offer Serious Competition to iPad

Seemingly from left field, Amazon has released three new Kindle devices – one traditional, e-ink device, and two new tablet devices.

The traditional Kindle is called the Kindle Paperwhite, which features a backlight built in to the display for reading in the dark, along with various other tweaks to the display and device. Like the Kindle Fire, there isn’t a button to be found on the front – it’s a touch-only device. The original Kindle has seen a price drop to $69, though this new Paperwhite version only costs $79. Quite the device for the price, considering most other touch e-readers are significantly more money.

Next is the Kindle Fire HD 7, a seven inch tablet with a resolution of 1280×800 and an IPS display. Included is a plethora of modern specs, including a TI OMAP 4470 processor, Bluetooth, 5GHz WiFi connectivity – all at the very attractive price of $199. The old Kindle Fire has seen a price drop down to only $149, which is also a nice proposition. However, due to its outdated innards and sluggish software, it’s hard to recommend it even at this cheaper price. The Fire HD 7 will be available on September 14th.

Finally, we come to the flagship device: the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Featuring a display with a resolution of 1920×1200, the display is reported to be gorgeous, with deep blacks and excellent viewing angles. Not surprising, given that it’s an IPS panel – similar to the ones Apple uses in their devices. The innards are similar to that of the 7 inch HD model, though this larger version does have the ability to be bundled with cellular connectivity. It will, however, cost more – the non-Cellular version will cost $299 and come with 16 GB of storage, while the Cellular version will cost $499 with 32GB of storage. In addition to the more expensive up-front cost, there will be an additional charge of $49.99 a year for 250MB a month of AT&T 3G/4G. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will be available on November 20th.

[The Verge]

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