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Old 09-06-2012, 05:23 PM   #406
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It annoys me to bits though, that bezos strategy : "since no one else (no nook, no kobo glo) is on the european market with a front-lit e-ink, we don't need to go either". That really is BS on a grand scale....
Might I suggest that Amazon is merely doing what most japanese CE companies do: release the product first to the native market where customer support is simpler and make sure there are no hidden bugs before going international. Plus, the approach lets them get product out the door for the monolingual market before finishing the multilingual international version.

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Their whole business is bring west the cool asian toys the manufacturers aren't ready to let us play with.
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:24 PM   #407
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:30 PM   #408
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Woo hoo! Kindle Fire HD 7" up on Amazon UK; no sign of the 8.9", so maybe that's a US exclusive??
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:36 PM   #409
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The PW Kindle has a mistake in the specs. Amazon is calling the screen Paperwhite Built-in light. It's actually an eink screen with a capacitive touch layer and then the light layer on top.

Sony tried the capacitive touch layer and it was a failure. The only thing that Sony didn't do it put the light right on top of the screen. The 700 had a light layer but that was not directly on top and that was not good.

I do look forward to finding out how the Kindle screen looks with the light off. Sure, I can make my 650's background look lighter by having a good light source. But, the idea is to see how the screen looks in normal lighting.

I do like the increased battery capacity and maybe it's possible that with the new fonts it might be OK. I never liked the original Kindle font.
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:37 PM   #410
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Did anybody notice how Amazon was attacking the Nexus 7". It looks like the N7 stole substantial sales from Amazon.
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:37 PM   #411
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Woo hoo! Kindle Fire HD 7" up on Amazon UK; no sign of the 8.9", so maybe that's a US exclusive??
Does the UK have 4G LTE compatible with AT&T's 4G LTE? If not, that would be a good reason the Fire HD isn't available.

But I do think it's wrong of Amazon not to have a 32G Fire HD with no 4G LTE for say $399.
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At least it's not paperwight. That would be terrifying.
I dunno, a paperweight is pretty useless but a paperwight would keep you from sleeping while you read in bed.
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:42 PM   #413
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:43 PM   #414
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:43 PM   #415
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Sony tried the capacitive touch layer and it was a failure. The only thing that Sony didn't do it put the light right on top of the screen. The 700 had a light layer but that was not directly on top and that was not good.
Sony used pressure sensitive *resistive* tech not capacitance.
http://www.pcworld.com/product/30194...on_prs600.html
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:44 PM   #416
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Might I suggest that Amazon is merely doing what most japanese CE companies do: release the product first to the native market where customer support is simpler and make sure there are no hidden bugs before going international. Plus, the approach lets them get product out the door for the monolingual market before finishing the multilingual international version.

You ever heard of Dynamism?
http://www.dynamism.com/
Their whole business is bring west the cool asian toys the manufacturers aren't ready to let us play with.
Their CS is doing just fine in France, Germany and Spain (the three local amazon store I use), so that is not the explanation to me.

Thanksgiving and Xmas in the US are though, and as always amazon wants to make sure they have the volumina available.

Because we pagans here do not buy real presents for Xmas, we are very happy if we get an orange, and anyway, no time for celebrating, we are still busy wondering the sheer magic of electricity....
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But I do think it's wrong of Amazon not to have a 32G Fire HD with no 4G LTE for say $399.
Yes, it *is* wrong.
Which is why they have it for $369.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846
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I hope the N7 spurs companies other than Amazon to make low-priced, powerful tablets.
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Amazon (AMZN) decided not to discuss it at Thursday’s press event, but all three of Amazon’s new Kindle Fires — the new 7-inch tablet, 7-inch HD tablet and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD — will come with “Special Offers” a.k.a. advertisements on their lock screens. (more...)
Actually Bezos did mention it but I don't think it really sank in until now....
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