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Old 03-27-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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Amazon tipped to launch three new Kindle tablets in 2012

Do you believe the rumors? ... here is the link ...

http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2012/03...m=tnw.to_1Do2q

If true, the article says Amazon will release two 7 inches model (different resolutions ) and another and new 8.9 inches Kindle.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:35 PM   #2
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The Google tablet should trump Amazon's 7" models.
  • Amazon: locked down, no card slot
  • Google: unlocked, with card slot
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:49 PM   #3
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I hope these rumors aren't true. If they are, color me unimpressed. The cheapest and mid-line versions would just be competing against themselves. One means of getting production costs down is to produce high quantities, so it makes no sense to me to have two devices in the same size range. Similarly, the 8.9" size is still too small. I don't know what Amazon is thinking.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:54 PM   #4
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We're hitting a saturation point. The models are become more and more similar each year, and now they're increasing the amount of models each year? I wish we could go back to the days of one quality upgrade model every year or two instead of this constant slight upgrading every few months.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:07 AM   #5
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The Google tablet should trump Amazon's 7" models.
  • Amazon: locked down, no card slot
  • Google: unlocked, with card slot
From a pure ereader point of view, none of those are huge advantages.

No card slot is not a problem with Amazon cloud. And I doubt Google's online store surpasses Amazon in titles.
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:29 AM   #6
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We're hitting a saturation point. The models are become more and more similar each year, and now they're increasing the amount of models each year? I wish we could go back to the days of one quality upgrade model every year or two instead of this constant slight upgrading every few months.
We are a good way off from the saturation point.
These will become as ubiquitous as cell phones.
Still plenty of room.
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:54 AM   #7
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For me, no micro SD card means no purchase. Too bad, because an affordable 8.9 tablet with a 1,920-by-1,200 display would be pretty cool. Still, its early days, cross my fingers and hope for the best.
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:05 AM   #8
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:21 AM   #9
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No card slot is not a problem with Amazon cloud. And I doubt Google's online store surpasses Amazon in titles.
No card slot is a huge deal when traveling and wifi is unavailable.

Online stores are irrelevant for unlocked Android tablets, because they have access to both ecosystems. Not only does my Galaxy Player have access to Google's ecosystem, it also has access to Amazon's ecosystem.

Amazon loses on both of these points.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:27 AM   #10
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Oh please stop it with the rumors. Apple is coming out =with the 7.8 inch ipad too- yea we been hearing that for 2 years now.
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:01 AM   #11
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The Google tablet should trump Amazon's 7" models.
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The latest google phone does not have a card slot so their are no guarantees that the tablet would have them
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:18 AM   #12
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The latest google phone does not have a card slot so their are no guarantees that the tablet would have them
True; in which case, it's a no-go. I don't have a problem not purchasing items that don't have basic functions; and a card slot is a must have.

That said, I do own a 6.4GB iPod touch 4 and it doesn't have a card slot. Because of that and other missing features, I don't consider it to be a viable choice for use as a pocket tablet. Instead, it's strictly a stay-at-home device that lives in a speaker dock and functions as my music system playing internet radio and audiobooks. For that purpose, I think it's the best device on the market because it was cheap (I paid $145), and also because inexpensive third party accessories are readily available.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:41 AM   #13
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I flew from Boston to Ft. Worth last month. I copied four movies to my Fire for the trip. That was plenty. At the same time, 32 or 64g would not be big enough to carry my movie/music library. Fits in my pocket, durable screen, plays movies, reads books, and has plenty of apps/games are still the features that mean the most to me.
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A 6GB Fire without wifi can't hold enough videos to last a one week vacation.
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A 6GB Fire without wifi can't hold enough videos to last a one week vacation.
A 128GB one couldn't hold enough, unless you use compression.
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