Where there’s smoke there’s fire–Kindle fire rumors   Leave a comment

In a previous post I listed all the rumors floating about regarding the new Amazon tablet.  Now we know the new tablet will be called the Kindle fire and that it will be released on November 15, 2011.  Here is a new list of rumors surrounding the Kindle fire:

1.  Memory: It will reportedly have 8 GB of memory.  This is not huge.  Therefore, users will have to be selective about which movies, songs and books they want to store on the device at one time.  The memory is reportedly enough to store 20 typical movies max.  However, purchased media and books will remain stored in the cloud for download to the Kindle fire whenever needed using whispersync.  Just like it does for books, whispersync will memorize the latest location that a user has reached on a movie, so that when the user next watches the movie on any device that has whispersync, it will pick up where it left off.

2.  Size: At 7 inches, the Kindle fire will be smaller than an iPad but larger than a smartphone, keeping it in the size range of current Kindle models.  It is reportedly the perfect size for reading books or watching movies.

3.  Screen:  The screen will reportedly be a touchscreen which uses IPS (in-plane switching technology) to allow several people to watch a movie or read a magazine on the device at the same time, by allowing a wide viewing angle.  The resolution will be 1024 x 600 dpi and the screen will be capable of displaying 16 million colors and will be LCD gorilla glass.

4.  Processor:  The processor is reportedly a Texas Instrument ARM-based dual core OMAP CPU.

5.  Browser:  The browser is Amazon silk, which will use cloud processing to speed up downloading.  Most of the processing will be done on Amazon’s EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) platform.  The browser will reportedly learn which websites users frequently visit and will pre-load them.  This has already raised some privacy concerns among lawmakers and critics, but Amazon insists that there are options to help protect users’ privacy.

6.  Apps:  The Kindle Fire will have access to Amazon’s app store and 3800+ apps, but not to all the android app market.  Some android apps (present and future) may not be compatible with the Kindle fire.

7.  Network:  Unfortunately, the Kindle Fire will not have 3G access, but will have Wi-Fi connectivity.  To me, this is the largest drawback of the device.  However, an advantage is that at least there will not be any related monthly data costs, like there are with the iPad.

I love my first generation iPad, but I confess I am fascinated with the Kindle Fire.  I am a big Amazon consumer, and I think it will be handy to have a tablet that connects seamlessly with Amazon to allow me to purchase their movies, music and books, and then to watch, listen to, or read what I purchased on the device itself.  I already pre-ordered mine, so I will definitely write a review once I have it in hand and have had a chance to test it out.

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Posted November 6, 2011 by deboraplehn in Amazon, Kindle

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