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Tablet Wars Rekindle–10 Inch Kindle Fire Rumors   3 comments

The tablet wars are on again.  Amazon is reportedly planning to release a 10 inch Kindle Fire to compete with Apple’s iPad head-on.  Perhaps this is in reponse to Apple’s plans to release a 7 inch mini iPad that will compete head-on with the original Kindle Fire.

Here is a summary of the rumors around the upcoming 10 inch Kindle Fire:

1.  The larger Kindle Fire is codenamed “Hollywood” as was reported by BGR already a year ago, before the original Kindle Fire even launched.

2.  It will have a quad-core processor.

3.  It will launch in the third quarter of 2012.

4.  Amazon could price the 10 inch Kindle Fire at around $299 to compete with the iPad, according to this report.

Meanwhile, the iPad mini is quickly becoming a reality, despite Steve Jobs’ repoted opposition to the project, as suppliers announce that they are preparing to ship the smaller panels.  The cost of the iPad mini could go as low as $199, to really be able to compete with the original Kindle Fire.  Thus, it seems that the end of 2012 will see a new round of tablet wars between Amazon and Apple.

I think that more competition can only be good for the consumer, so let the games begin.

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Posted May 20, 2012 by deboraplehn in Amazon

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Where’s the (Smartphone) Fire? Amazon Smartphone Rumors.   Leave a comment

With the success of the Amazon Fire tablet, it was only a matter of time until Amazon smartphone rumors started popping up.  This week, Citigroup’s analyst Mark Mahaney reported that Amazon is planning a smartphone of its own, to compete with other popular smartphones like the iPhone.  Here are the latest Amazon smartphone rumors:

1.  Price:  Amazon’s upcoming smartphone is rumored to cost in the range of $150-170, which is considerably cheaper than the latest iPhone.

2.  Release date:  Citigroup’s Mark Mahaney reported that Amazon is set to release its new smartphone in the fourth quarter of 2012, just in time for the next holiday season.

3.  Processor:  the smartphone is rumored to come with a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor.

4.  Developer:  Amazon is going to partner with Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. to develop the device, but Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry will probably make the device and its components.

5.  Palm:  Amazon is rumored to be in talks to buy Palm, leading to rumors that a new Amazon smartphone might run on Palm’s OS or derivatives of it.

Would you be tempted to buy an Amazon smartphone?  As of yet there are very little rumors about what the phone’s actual capabilities would be and how seriously it could really compete with the iPhone and other smartphones out there.  I guess we’ll just have to hold our breaths and wait out the fire.

Posted November 20, 2011 by deboraplehn in Amazon

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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.

Posted November 6, 2011 by deboraplehn in Amazon, Kindle

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More Amazon Tablet Rumors   1 comment

In my last post I listed some rumors about Amazon’s new tablet.  Well, this week more rumors surfaced so I thought I should summarize them again for everyone:

1.  Amazon’s new tablet will be called the Amazon Kindle.  It is said to be in direct competition with the Barnes & Noble Nook Color since it is also in full color and has a back-lit screen.

2.  The tablet has a 7 inch screen and will reportedly look a lot like the Blackberry Playbook, with a black case.

3.  MG Siegler from TechCrunch was able to see and touch the new Amazon Kindle tablet and reports that “it’s going to be a big deal.  Huge potentially.”

4.  At $250 it will cost only half of the lower-priced iPads.   Like the cheaper iPads, it will only have wifi and no 3G service.

5.  The Amazon Kindle tablet will reportedly come with a free Amazon Prime membership, which usually costs $79 and gives the subscriber free two-day shipping on Amazon.com and unlimited Amazon Prime video streaming.

6.  The tablet runs on android, and has direct links to the Amazon app store and Amazon’s music and video services. The eReader will be a Kindle app. Google is the default search engine on its web browser.  However, there is no connection to Google’s android market.

7.  The touch screen responds to 2 fingers (rather than 10 like the iPad) and there are no physical buttons on the device.

The tablet will reportedly be for sale in November 2011, and a 10-inch model may be offered in the first quarter of 2012 if the 7-inch model does well this year.  I think this will be a great addition to the Kindle family.  I never bought one of the original Kindles because I am not crazy about the E ink display.  I find it hard to read because of the low contrast.  I much prefer reading on my backlit iPad.  So I will be very tempted to buy one of these new Kindle tablets–how about you?

Posted September 3, 2011 by deboraplehn in Amazon, Kindle

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Rumors About Amazon’s New Tablet   Leave a comment

Today the East Coast of the United States felt an earthquake, but Amazon may be preparing to make the tech world shake with its new tablet.  Here is a compilation of the latest rumors regarding Amazon’s new tablet:

1.  Amazon plans to release its new tablet by October

2.  The tablet will have a 9 inch screen

3.  The operating system will be Google’s android

4.  The tablet will likely be cheaper than the iPad, with Amazon willing to take a loss on the sale in the hopes of recouping on sales of books, music and videos

5.  Amazon allegedly hopes to ship 4 million new tablets by the end of 2011

6.  Amazon registered the domain kindlescribe.com over the weekend, fueling rumors that the new tablet will be an upgraded kindle which will support annotations

It’s still unclear whether the new tablet will be an upgraded kindle, or a bona fide tablet ready to compete with the iPad.  My guess is that it will be something in between.  With the demise of the HP Touchpad, it will be fascinating to see how the tablet wars play out.

Posted August 23, 2011 by deboraplehn in Amazon, Kindle

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