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Amazon Kindle Fire Surfaces 521

MrCrassic was the first of several submitters to write in about the Kindle Fire: "It looks like another competitor has joined the fight for tablet market share. Amazon released specs and pics of its newest offering, the Kindle Fire, which is bound to turn heads at $199. However, I wouldn't sell your Nook Color or iPad just yet. From the article: 'The Kindle Fire doesn't have an embedded camera or a microphone. The device offers Wi-Fi connectivity, though not 3G access, and comes with a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, the company's $79-a-year membership service that includes streaming video and free two-day shipping.'"
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Amazon Kindle Fire Surfaces

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  • Re:7in? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Hadlock ( 143607 ) on Wednesday September 28, 2011 @11:53AM (#37540676) Homepage Journal

    I'm really curious why nobody has brought another 9" tablet to the market. AFAIK, Apple is the only name-brand manufacturer to bring out a 9" 1024x768 tablet. Everyone else is pushing 5/6/7" tablets. Surely screen size is something most people consider when comparison shopping? It's not like screens are terribly expensive any more. I read somewhere that the iPad screen is less than $50 in bulk.

  • by LWATCDR ( 28044 ) on Wednesday September 28, 2011 @11:53AM (#37540684) Homepage Journal

    Can I root it and put the Android App store on it? I know not yet but hopefully someday.
    The Silk browser sounds very Opera like from the mobile days.
    OMAP 4! That is a pretty hot CPU folks.
    Lack of a front facing camera is a negative. Come on this is pure skype candy folks.

    My wife as a rooted viewsonic Gtab and it is really nice but it is too big for for an ereader.
    The iPad2 is too pricey and too big.
    Even if it isn't hackable at $199 I may still get it just because it would be so handy.

  • by joh ( 27088 ) on Wednesday September 28, 2011 @12:03PM (#37540802)

    No Skype, Fring or anything (no mic, no camera). No Google apps, so no navigation, no email (without third-party apps) and calendaring. No mobile internet at all.

    Surely not a bad media-tablet and surely cheap, but a tablet computer this is not.

    Looks to me as if it would require some major tinkering to turn it into something fun and useful and you'll still have no 3G, no camera and no microphone.

  • Re:7in? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by UnknowingFool ( 672806 ) on Wednesday September 28, 2011 @12:19PM (#37541038)
    There are some 10" tablets like the Xoom but haven't sold well. I suspect the problem with the screen isn't demand but supply. There are rumors Apple cornered the market by being first and locking down their supply. Every manufacturer after had to either spend more money or get less supply. Or make 7" tablets until more manufacturers were ready.
  • Revising opinion (Score:4, Interesting)

    by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Wednesday September 28, 2011 @12:31PM (#37541236)

    On second thought, the Prime that comes with this device is not so much about people experiencing shipping aspects, as it is enjoying the free video Prime offers. In that sense 30 days seems like a long enough period of time to decide if you want to pay for Prime to continue getting some free video content.

    And more than 30 days might lead you to run up against the limited video content of Prime...

  • Re:So... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by blogan ( 84463 ) on Wednesday September 28, 2011 @12:56PM (#37541642)

    Show me a better value 9.7" tablet than the iPad at $499 please. []

    And Archos 10.1 tablet for $259. Now it's just a matter of nitpicking if it's a better value or not. I can do all the things most people with an iPad do and I could almost buy 2 of them for the cost of 1 iPad.

  • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Wednesday September 28, 2011 @01:23PM (#37542048)

    That's because if a solution handles more edge cases, it probably handles the common case more robustly as well.

    That is the classic definition of "feature creep", and usually means it is too complex for most people to use or simply does nothing well.

    Handling more edge cases means you spent less time worrying about core functionality.

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