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Old 09-28-2011, 12:17 PM   #1
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Amazon Announces 4 New Kindle devices...

Not only were the rumors true about the Kindle tablet release with the name Kindle Fire but 3 new unexpected eInk devices sans keyboard and 2 of them adding touch screens are up for pre-order at amazon right now:

http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Touch-W...pf_rd_i=507846

Kindle $79 (kso price)
A 6 inch eInk device with no keyboard or touch screen.

Kindle Touch $99 (kso price)
A 6 inch eInk device with no keyboard and even less buttons than the above model.

Kindle Touch 3G $149 (kso price)
...same as the Kindle Touch but with 3G wireless support in addition to the WiFi.

Kindle Fire $199
Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi. This one has an LCD screen and Amazon enhanced Andriod OS. Look like no 3G on this model.

The previous Kindle 3 models now look to be called the Kindle Keyboard and Kindle Keyboard 3G.

The prices listed above are for the "special offer" models. The non-special order models are an extra $30 for the base Kindle and $40 for the Touch models.

The devices will be shipped in November. I hope they made millions of these. A $79 Kindle is going to sell like crazy.

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Old 09-28-2011, 12:20 PM   #2
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Only one model available to order in the UK, and that's the basic model, for which they're charging £89. I'd love to know the rationale behind that one. £89 is what you pay, no extra tax, but still, it's much higher than the US price.
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Only one model available to order in the UK, and that's the basic model, for which they're charging £89. I'd love to know the rationale behind that one. £89 is what you pay, no extra tax, but still, it's much higher than the US price.
This is the model which is selling for $109 in the US. $109, at the current exchange rate, is £69.67. Add 20% VAT and you get £83.60. Calling it "much higher" than the US price is a slight exaggeration - it's only £5.40 more expensive.
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:25 PM   #4
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I'm a little a giddy about this. Not only will it be good for ebook sales, which pay my mortgage, but I actually think I might have to buy a Kindle Fire just for fun and convenience. The price makes it hard to pass up.
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I was excited when I saw the pricing but since it's the KSO price, it's not all that great for non-US buyers. I also only get the option of the basic Kindle for order. Guess the new Sony is still a contender.
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The choices are a bit dizzying! They seem to have worked out a Kindle for every need and at every price point.

And a tablet for $200? That's kind of amazing.
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Looks like the Fire actually has Whispernet. Its not clear yet how much browsing over that will be allowed.

On the Amazon homepage http://www.amazon.com/

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Old 09-28-2011, 12:32 PM   #8
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Looks like the Fire actually has Whispernet. Its not clear yet how much browsing over that will be allowed.

On the Amazon homepage http://www.amazon.com/
It looks to me like the Fire is WiFi only.... so you can probably browse all you want, as long a you BYOI (bring your own internet).

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Old 09-28-2011, 12:32 PM   #10
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Looks like the Fire actually has Whispernet. Its not clear yet how much browsing over that will be allowed.
I'm not sure what you mean by "allowed". It's WiFi only - are you suggesting that Amazon are going to restrict your WiFi usage?
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:39 PM   #11
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I'm in for the touch e-ink version (I don't want a tablet, and when I do it will probably be a more all-purpose one). The cheapest model looks good for casual reading of things like novels.

I need to do some research on how well the Kindle handles PDF files (I read a lot of journal articles in PDF format, unfortunately) and how easy it is to interface with Calibre.
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I'm looking at the images of the touch on their website - are those vents at the back or are those speakers?
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I'm pretty set on getting a Kindle Touch 3G and I think I will get the special offer version for the savings. I didn't have screensavers on my PRS-505 and I didn't miss them. I only wish the Kindle Touch were available sooner. With the Sony PRS-T1 supposedly shipping in a matter of days, I was hoping to get my hands on the new Kindle in October...

The Fire is almost tempting, but I'd rather a bigger tablet when I buy one. Maybe ipad next year, maybe a 10 inch Amazon one, if it is released, who knows..
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Looks like most are US-only. Only the touch-less versions are shipped outside the US.

I was expecting this for the tablet, but why the other kindles?
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Looks like most are US-only. Only the touch-less versions are shipped outside the US.

I was expecting this for the tablet, but why the other kindles?
I'd guess it's simply a matter of the number that they can manufacture. Apple did much the same with the iPad 2. My guess would be that we'll see a European launch of the touch models after Christmas.
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