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Old 09-28-2011, 12:11 PM   #1
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Just ordered Kindle Fire

I just ordered the new Kindle Fire color tablet....

Pre-order here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...indleboards-20
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:18 PM   #2
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Kindle Fire Specs

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Display 7" multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.
Size (in inches) 7.5" x 4.7" x 0.45" (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).

Weight 14.6 ounces (413 grams).

System Requirements None, because it's wireless and doesn't require a computer.

On-device Storage 8GB internal. That's enough for 80 apps, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.

Cloud Storage Free cloud storage for all Amazon content

Battery Life Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.

Charge Time Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB.

Wi-Fi Connectivity Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.

USB Port USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)

Audio 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.

Content Formats Supported Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.

Documentation Quick Start Guide(included in box); Kindle User's Guide (pre-installed on device)

Warranty and Service 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the Kindle License Agreement and Terms of Use.

Included in the Box Kindle Fire tablet, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.

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Old 09-28-2011, 01:43 PM   #3
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I ordered one as well as a kindle touch.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:52 PM   #4
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Am I reading correctly that it only has 8GB of storage and no memory card?
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:08 PM   #5
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Am I reading correctly that it only has 8GB of storage and no memory card?
That is my understanding. I guess Amazon is trying to prevent the boot from SD card system that allowed the NookColor to be jailbroken. For those who want to buy a Android tablet to hack, the Fire probably want be their choice. But for me who primarily wants it as a reader, the $200 is a great price. After all, my 16GB iPad only has about 4 GB of memory used.
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:09 PM   #6
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Am I reading correctly that it only has 8GB of storage and no memory card?
Correct. This is primarily a "cloud reader". The idea is that you'll store your content in Amazon's cloud.
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:10 PM   #7
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That is a great price. I was very surprised. Thanks for the info. and link.
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:12 PM   #8
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I wonder when they will allow reading apps for nook, kobo, and sony?
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:25 PM   #9
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Correct. This is primarily a "cloud reader". The idea is that you'll store your content in Amazon's cloud.
I guess so. They are really pushing the cloud. But $200 is a fantastic price for that.
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The Kobo app is there.
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Good point. I also wonder if they will allow 3rd party eBook apps like CoolReader, FBReader, etc.? I guess I better start browsing the apps available through Amazon and see which will be available for the Fire.
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Good point. I also wonder if they will allow 3rd party eBook apps like CoolReader, FBReader, etc.? I guess I better start browsing the apps available through Amazon and see which will be available for the Fire.
Several popular full-featured reader apps are there. This is nothing like the B&N app store. But I wonder if they will be available to install on the Fire. Those reader apps could be blocked.
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Several popular full-featured reader apps are there. This is nothing like the B&N app store. But I wonder if they will be available to install on the Fire. Those reader apps could be blocked.
That is what I'm thinking too. Amazon only sells their mobi types of eBooks. I'm sure they could care less which app you read it on as long as you buy from their bookstore! But few 3rd party apps, if any, have a decent mobi viewer, and I'm not aware of any that will view AZW or TOPAZ. The ePubs would have to be from other bookstores so all the great apps for ePubs might get blocked. I have no idea what Amazon is planning. I hope they allow the 3rd party reader apps, but even if they don't this should still be a MUCH better reader than the NC.
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...but even if they don't this should still be a MUCH better reader than the NC.
Indeed! I'm excited and I'm not even getting one for myself.
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Several popular full-featured reader apps are there. This is nothing like the B&N app store. But I wonder if they will be available to install on the Fire. Those reader apps could be blocked.
I don't think they will block the apps they have in their store. I got Mantano from there. I expect it to work on the KF.

I'm really hoping the Kindle reader on the fire is different from the app that I have on my phone. It's needs improvement. A better font for one and ability to change the background color to more then just white, sepia and black. I need a grey background to read on or I get eye strain.
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