Welcome, Guest! Why not create a free forum account today and join in with the world's friendliest bunch of Kindle enthusiasts

Amazon Launch the Kindle Fire

Thread Rating:
  • 0 Votes - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
 
Offline Lou Reading Ryria Series by Michael J Sullivan
28 Sep 2011, 06:18 PM | Post: #1

Administrator
*******

Posts: 4,661
Joined: Aug 2010

Thanked 72 times

What I Read

Amazon Launch the Kindle Fire

Headlining a presentation to announce the latest additions to the Kindle family alongside the all new 4th Generation Kindle and the Kindle Touch is the Kindle Fire

[Image: kindlefire-20110928-191001.jpg]

After a huge amount of speculation and hype, the final pieces of the new Kindle tablet jigsaw were put into place, although sadly without news of a UK release date.

Price : $199 in the US
Release Date: Available to pre-order US only, Shipping November 15 approx


This new addition to the Kindle lineup is an altogether different beast from the current Kindles as it eschews the e-ink screen for a vibrant 7" colour touchscreen which allows Amazon to offer content delivery of magazines, movies, applications and games.

[Image: kindlefire2-20110928-191052.jpg]

With a dual-core processor and 7 inch display utilising toughened 'Gorilla Glass' for added resilience to the rough life as a mobile device the tablet looks stunning. The 8gb of built in storage may sound a little mean, but with online storage avaiable it should suit the needs of most users adequately. Wi-Fi is also build in, but sadly not 3G although this has not been ruled out for future generations of Kindle Fire. Of course if you really need to have mobile 3G you can use one of the many mobile broadband personal wireless routers which fit neatly in your pocket.

[Image: kindlefire4-20110928-191142.jpg]

Software wise the tablet does run on Android as anticipated, albeit a very customised version of Android 2.x as opposed to the more recent Honeycomb 3.0 branch. The Kindle Fire user interface is very slick and is very much built around Amazon's media services with prominent access to eBooks, Music and Video as well cloud services like Cloud Player and Cloud Drive through a Cover-Flow style graphical browser.

[Image: kindlefire3-20110928-191115.jpg]

The device has web browsing built in of course coming in the flavour of Amazon Silk which uses Amazon's EC2 cluster to make surfing as fast as possible by caching and predicting content load requirements.

Via the built in Wi-Fi there is integration with Amazon WhisperSync which means that if you are reading a book it will be fully synchronised with all other Kindle devices and apps. This will also be the case for TV shows.

Being based on Android, there is access to a wide range of apps like the ever popular Angry Birds as well as productivity and organisational software. Also pre-installed will be applications for Facebook, Twitter and Netflix (US) as well as an application for email.

[Image: kindlefire4-20110928-191142.jpg]

With a 7 inch screen and a weight of just 413g the Kindle Fire is a very direct competitor to the iPod touch as things stand with the possibility of a 10" version in the pipeline which will be aimed more at the iPad market. Whilst the specs are nothing incredible, the price point of just $199 leaves the Kindle Fire in a very strong position as a desirable and affordable alternative.

What about the reading experience?

The fundamental principle of the Kindle family, reading books has not been forgotten in the Kindle Fire and although the LCD screen is not quite as adept as an e-ink display, all the functionality is there with the added enhancement of colour which opens the door to children's books and reference material.

The impact of the Kindle Fire on reading has been discussed further in an article we have over on The Guardian

The only thing missing from what sounds like a terrific product launch is an news of a release in the UK. Come on Amazon, show us Brits some love Big Grin
Barnacle Boy! We have to find those stolen Naggy Daddies!
Offline NJM Reading Advances in Digital Camera Technology by Phil Donald
29 Sep 2011, 12:58 PM | Post: #2

Posting Freak
******

Posts: 791
Joined: Sep 2010

Thanked 0 times

What I Read

RE: Amazon Launch the Kindle Fire

This is the first review of the Kindle Fire that I have seen

http://www.zdnet.com...
A midget psychic escapes from jail....Headlines: Small Medium at Large
Offline cailean68 Reading The Measure of Magic by Terry Brooks
29 Sep 2011, 01:04 PM | Post: #3

Member
***

Posts: 86
Joined: Sep 2010

Thanked 0 times

What I Read

RE: Amazon Launch the Kindle Fire

I have to admit the Kindle Fire is set at a very tempting price. But for ebooks I think I will stick with my kindle with e-ink

It'll only works with the Amazon's Appstore. And until they set a UK launch date, then the Kindle Fire will be delayed.
Offline kindlefans
05 Jan 2012, 04:33 PM | Post: #4

Junior Member
**

Posts: 2
Joined: Jan 2012

Thanked 0 times

RE: Amazon Launch the Kindle Fire

I were one of the Big fan of Kindle Fire. It thing it value compare with other tablet. Now i happy with my Kindle Fire after found a way to install free apps, game on android market.
I am sure KF 2012 will be one of the best tablet together with Ipad 3
---
Offline tidgey2
06 Jan 2012, 02:57 PM | Post: #5

Junior Member
**

Posts: 4
Joined: Jan 2012

Thanked 0 times

RE: Amazon Launch the Kindle Fire

(05 Jan 2012 04:33 PM)kindlefans Wrote:  I were one of the Big fan of Kindle Fire. It thing it value compare with other tablet. Now i happy with my Kindle Fire after found a way to install free apps, game on android market.
I am sure KF 2012 will be one of the best tablet together with Ipad 3

I'm a complete newbie to the kindle fire. I managed to download some apps from "Get Jar" but how did you manage to download from android market? I've tried but I can only download to my mobile phoneThumbs Down I'd be grateful for any advise!! Kindle Smile
---
Offline sounddave
12 Jan 2012, 02:05 PM | Post: #6

Member
***

Posts: 52
Joined: Jan 2012

Thanked 0 times

RE: Amazon Launch the Kindle Fire

(06 Jan 2012 02:57 PM)tidgey2 Wrote:  
(05 Jan 2012 04:33 PM)kindlefans Wrote:  I were one of the Big fan of Kindle Fire. It thing it value compare with other tablet. Now i happy with my Kindle Fire after found a way to install free apps, game on android market.
I am sure KF 2012 will be one of the best tablet together with Ipad 3

I'm a complete newbie to the kindle fire. I managed to download some apps from "Get Jar" but how did you manage to download from android market? I've tried but I can only download to my mobile phoneThumbs Down I'd be grateful for any advise!! Kindle Smile

You need to root the Kindle Fire, so you need a file explorer and a couple of other bits, it takes a while but I now have the Android store installed on my KF, its ace.

But now I can also get hold of .apk files and install them that way

Currently Reading:Ryria Series by Michael J Sullivan Last Book I Read:King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence Favourite Genres:Fantasy / Sci-fi / HorrorFavourite eBooks:
See my recommendations
Currently Reading:Advances in Digital Camera Technology by Phil Donald Last Book I Read:Ash by James Herbert Favourite Genres:Forensic Thrillers, Sci-Fi, Philosophy, Science
Currently Reading:The Measure of Magic by Terry Brooks Last Book I Read:Snuff by Terry Pratchett Favourite Genres:Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Thriller