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It’s Official – New Kindle Readers and Tablet from $79 – $199

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, and Kindle

Introducing three new Kindles. Photo Credit: Amazon.com

Amazon just announced not one, but four new Kindle devices. The keyboard is gone, and three of the four feature touch screens, including the new Kindle Fire tablet. Pictured above, you can see the Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch (3G version also announced), and the new basic Kindle without touch. Amazon loaded all of them with features.

The Kindle uses a new feature called “X-Ray” to provide helpful information with the book, on top of traditional dictionary searches. Wikipedia entries and other relevant content is included with the book upon download. Unlike some other devices (including older Kindles), there will not be a page turn button on the Kindle Touch. There will be a thin column of touchable space on the left and right where you can tap to move forward or backward. Amazon has two price points for the new readers, with ads or without. You can also now check out Kindle books from a library.

Kindle

The latest Kindle is pocket-sized, according to Amazon.com. It weighs 5.8 ounces, and is 18% smaller, and turns pages 10% faster. It is the same 6″ screen you may be used to. For $79, Amazon may have finally hit the price point to keep e-readers relevant. The Kindle is available today. Don’t want special offers? The ad-free version is $109. Still not a bad price. Check it out at amazon.com/kindle.

Kindle Touch/Touch 3G

The Kindle Touch is 8% lighter, and 11% smaller, and features a multi-touch screen. It includes the new X-Ray technology so you can read about relevant content in addition to your book. All your books are stored in the cloud, and feature Whispersync so you can pick up where you left off no matter what device you are using. The Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G are available for pre-order, and will ship November 21. The Touch is $99 with Special Offers, and $139 without. Check it out at amazon.com/kindletouch. The Kindle Touch 3G is $149 with Special Offers or $189 without. Check it out at amazon.com/kindletouch3G.

Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire rolls the best of Amazon.com into a single package. Movies, Music, TV shows, Books, cloud storage, and an Android app store are all part of this package. For $199, this tablet is set to sell. Quickly. It features a dual-core processor, 7″ multi-touch display, and 8GB of internal memory. The screen resolution is 1024×600, and the display can show 16 million colors. The Fire has free cloud storage for all Amazon products, which explains the smaller storage. It also comes with a free month of Amazon Prime. Unlike the readers, this one does not have two price points. It will ship for $199 on November 15. Check it out at amazon.com/kindlefire.

So, there you have it. Four new Kindle readers, or three if you don’t count the Touch 3G separately. Amazon has thrown down the gauntlet on pricing, both in the e-reader and tablet arena, so things should get pretty interesting in short order. Even though I don’t like the idea of ads on a screensaver, the ads are not too intrusive on the Kindle. Given a reasonably long expected lifetime of the product, is it worth a $40 savings? Maybe. I would probably spring for the ad-free version. Amazon did not disappoint today. The e-Ink Kindle that we have come to know over the years continues to be relevant, and now there is a tablet ready to shake things up. What do you think? Did Amazon show you something you’re excited about? Let me know in the comments.

Amazon Announces New Kindle

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Amazon has been really busy lately. Today Amazon announced two new Kindle readers, one with 3G and Wi-Fi, and another with just Wi-Fi. They are virtually identical in every other way. Amazon has made some improvements too, as these devices are even smaller than the Kindle 2 but retain the 6″ screen size. Check it out in the image below.

Kindle SIze Comparison

Here are the specs:

  • 6″ e-paper display, 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 16-level gray scale
  • 4GB internal (3GB available)
  • Up to a month of battery life without wireless, 10 days with wireless
  • Charge with included power adapter via the included USB cable
  • HSPDA modem (3G) with EDGE/GPRS backup (In 3G version)
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi (no enterprise or peer-to-peer connections)
  • USB 2.0 with micro-B connector for PC or Mac
  • 3.5 mm audio jack and rear-mounted speakers
  • Native support for Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (AA, AAX), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC
  • Can convert HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP

The new Kindle offers a sharper screen, a smaller frame, less weight, a Webkit-based browser, better storage, and built-in WI-Fi. The 3G version will be available for $189, while the Wi-Fi only version will cost $139. The Kindle comes in Graphite or White, and will be available August 27.

New Amazon Kindle DX Coming July 7

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Following the Kindle price drop and Kindle for Android, Amazon has another announcement. The new Kindle DX is coming with improved features, and a lower price.

Here are some of the key features:

  • 9.7″ high-contrast e-Ink screen
  • 4GB internal memory (3.3GB available)
  • USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
  • 3.5mm stereo audio jack and rear-mounted stereo speakers
  • Supported File Formats: Kindle (AZW), PDF, TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively (can convertHTML, DOC, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP)
  • Buy Books Once, read on Kindle, Kindle DX, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android phone, and BlackBerry
  • Whispersync saves and synchronizes your library and saves your last page read across all the devices
  • Free 3G service for downloading and syncing (available in 100 countries)
  • Books downloadable in less than a minute
  • Battery ranges from one to two weeks depending on usage/storage
  • Kindle DX is 1/3″ thin
  • New Twitter and Facebook integration
  • Built-In PDF Reader with zoom capability
  • Auto-Rotating Screen
  • Text-to-speech features can read content to you

The new Kindle DX can be purchased for $110 off the original price, running at $379. It is available for pre-order now and begins shipping on July 7.

Here’s how it stacks up against the $189 version:

Feature Kindle Kindle DX
Display 6″ E Ink 9.7″ E Ink
Size 8″ x 5.3″ x 0.36″ 10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″
Storage 1,500 books 3,500 books
Rotating Display Manual Rotation Auto-Rotation
Price $189.00 $379.00

Both devices share the following features

  • Books in Under 60 Seconds
  • Free 3G Wireless
  • Native PDF Support
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Whispersync

Considering that the new Kindle DX will immediately be compared with the iPad, it is still a little high on the price scale. It is certainly loaded with features, and has some limited html support, but it is still an e-reader. The cross-platform availability is one of the best features Kindle offers. There are enough features to really allow this device to do well, but it would do much better at a lower price. The leap from $489 was drastic. Hopefully for Amazon’s sake it was drastic enough.

This looks like a solid device. If you are in the market for a Kindle, this should suit you. The main questions are those of which size you want (6 or 9.7″), how much memory (2GB or 4GB), and what price you are willing to pay ($189 or $379). If you are comfortable paying for E-Ink when an iPad is in the same relative ballpark, go for it. I would probably wait it out myself.