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Amazon Releases 4 New Kindles - Including a Tablet-version, Kindle Fire

clock September 28, 2011 22:51 by author Jeremy

Ever get tired of the same ol' Kindle, with its rectangular shape and book-like features? Yeah, neither do I. Which is why it's great news that Amazon is releasing four new kinds of Kindles at different price ranges.

The lowest-priced, which is just your basic "Kindle", is the same as its predecessors. It's smaller, lighter and "turns pages 10 percent faster"...I'm not sure what kind of page-turning madman sat down and compared that, though. Nonetheless, you still get your favorite e-reader from before, only for $79.

Next up is the "Kindle Touch", a mere $20 more than its less-advanced version (bringing our total to $99). This aptly-named e-reader brings a touch-screen for your page-turning, note-taking, searching-and-shopping pleasure. Again, enhancements have been made to prolong battery life, reduce the weight and make it smaller. There's also the new "X-Ray" feature, which Amazon says lets users "see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics that interest them, as well as more details descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari". Avid wikipedia-clickers, beware, as this may just eat hours of your day in a single book.

The top of the line e-reader is the "Kindle Touch 3G", available for $149. This version carries all the specs of the Kindle Touch but with, you guessed it, 3G. The best part? It's free! Now you can have access to the Kindle store wherever, whenever, without the need for Wi-Fi hotspots.

Perhaps the most exciting news to come out from Amazon's tablet event is the release of the new "Kindle Fire", a $199 tablet, which shouldn't be confused with the aforementioned e-readers. With this tablet, you can browse the entirety of Amazon's selection, ranging from movies, music, shows, games, books and magazines. Of course, these virtual products still require buying. And don't let the measly 8GB of storage space scare you off: Amazon has provided free cloud storage for all of your digital content, available for re-downloading whenever you desire).

The Kindle Fire also comes with Amazon's new "Amazon Silk" - a type of browser that delivers faster speeds. This is done by Amazon taking part of the page-loading away from your device, and instead onto their servers. With loading times split between Amazon servers and your Kindle Fire, pages should come up faster, allowing for a swift peruse of the internet.

The Kindle can be bought today, while the Kindle Touch and Touch 3G are available for pre-order now, with shipping on November 21st. The Kindle Fire can be pre-ordered today as well and will ship out on November 15th.

Sources: Amazon Kindles Press Release, Amazon Silk Press Release



Quick Tips on Improving Your Tablet Shopping Experience

clock August 17, 2011 00:16 by author Jeremy

Thinking of buying a new tablet sometime soon? Sure, you can read professional reviews online that provide charts, graphs, numbers - the works. But what's a rating of "over 9000" more points really mean to regular ol' folks like us?

If you're going to look online for reviews, take a few tips from pcworld.com and their guide on how they test tablets; you might want to adopt some of their methods. Rather than always providing feedback through numbers given to them by a testing machine (granted, they still do that as well), they offer ideas to compare tablets through raw data. For example, how long does Tablet A take to boot up, in comparison to Tablet B? If the answer is more than a 30 second difference, then what it comes down to next is... are you okay with that?

Tablet A may take longer to boot up, but wow, does it play these videogames so well! Are you into gaming on tablets? Or maybe you prefer Tablet B since, even though it's not as visually stunning, it just performs faster?

These simple ideas and comparisons sometimes get overlooked when you're digging too deep, so how about we take a step back and look at the big picture: what are you looking for in a tablet?

Source: pcworld

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