Surprise — the Kindle Fire started shipping today, one day earlier than expected. Whether you're gifting the Kindle Fire to someone special this holiday or indulging for yourself, check out these cases that will protect it and keep it like new.
It's about to go down: both the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet go on sale this week. The tablets have their differences, but both are easy on the wallet (the Kindle Fire is $199 and the Nook Tablet is $249), will have access to tons of books for downloading, come with bright and crisp 7-inch screens, video and music streaming options, apps, and WiFi connectivity.
Both the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet should be hot ticket items this holiday, so tell me — which are you buying?
Perfect timing for holiday shopping season, Barnes & Noble is set to announce its next version of the Nook on Monday with an expected release date of Nov. 16. Called the Nook Tablet, leaked documents indicate that the device will look and feel just like the Nook Color but with a few internal and external changes. But with the Kindle Fire also coming into the fold a day earlier on Nov. 15, which portable tablet/ereader combo should you choose? We'll look at the pros and cons of each and help you decide.
The Kindle Fire will sell for $200, while the Nook Tablet will be priced at $249.
Both the Nook Tablet and the Kindle Fire will come with a seven-inch touchscreen display at 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, and WiFi connectivity, but the Nook pulls ahead in processing power. The Nook Tablet will come with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor compared to the Kindle Fire's dual-core 1GHz, but let's face it — they're both going to be plenty fast. The Nook will also come with more storage space with 16GB on on-board and expandable with a 32GB SD card, while the Kindle Fire is limited to 8GB of on-board storage space. The Kindle Fire is integrated with Amazon's free cloud storage, however, so data space becomes a nonissue with the Fire. As far as battery life goes, the Kindle Fire will last up to eight hours with the WiFi turned off, while the Nook Tablet is expected to run for a full 11.5 hours while reading, and nine hours while watching video with the WiFi off.
Both the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire will be able to stream music, videos, and books, but where the content comes from is where these two differ. The Nook Tablet will be able to stream shows and movies from Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Pandora, while the Kindle Fire will be jacked into Amazon Prime, which offers free (as well as paid, and rental) streaming movies, TV shows, and music from its online store. Kindle Fire customers will get a free 30-day Amazon Prime membership to test out the benefits, but from there it comes with a $79 a year price tag. As far as books go, you'll obviously get the choice of choosing between Barnes & Noble's online selection and Amazon's. In addition, Amazon's app store is brimming with fun and familiar apps, which could woo customers to the Fire.
See our final thoughts and verdict after the break.
Synergy's in the air for tech early adopters and comic fans, as DC Entertainment will release 100 of its classic graphic novels exclusively to the new Kindle Fire.
Some of DC's most popular graphic novels like Watchmen, Batman: Arkham City, and Superman: Earth One are among the titles that will make their digital debut to readers. The entire 100 title library includes all the Batman classics, along with V For Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Fables, Green Lantern, and more.
Pre-order select novels in the Kindle Store now and stay tuned for other titles to roll out soon. So, even if you're a digital convert you can maintain a committed comic book collection. Marvel fans can still look to the iPad for digital editions of their favorite reads.
The new Kindle Fire is sure to set the tablet market ablaze. At just $199, this tablet allows you to read books, stream movies, music, and TV shows on the go, and gives you a super-fast web browsing experience with a brand new web browser called Silk.
Though the Kindle Fire is protected by Gorilla Glass, you're probably going to want an extra layer of protection for your new tablet. Enter two new Marware cases that will surely do the job. Get all the details on these two (don't worry — they come in more colors!) in the gallery.
Amazon unleashed a flurry of new Kindles earlier this morning, so in case you missed it, here's a quick recap:
- Kindle Fire — The all-new Android-backed tablet from Amazon will come with a seven-inch screen, a dual-core processor, and WiFi. It's priced at $199 and will be available Nov. 15.
- Kindle Touch — The new (and unexpected) Kindle Touch will come with a six-inch infrared multitouch eInk display and the ability to loan books from your local library, and it will come in two models — WiFi-only for $99 including special offers on your screensaver, and $139 without offers, and WiFi + 3G for $149 with special offers, and $189 without special offers. All versions will be available on Nov. 21.
- Kindle — A brand-new version of the Kindle is available today, which comes with a smaller and lighter body than the previous Kindle editions, comes with WiFi connectivity, and has free cloud storage for backing up your books and documents. You can get a Kindle for as low as $79 if you opt for the model that displays special offers on your screensaver, and $109 without special offers.
Amazon is releasing these devices at the perfect time, right before the frenzy of the holiday shopping season. Tell me — will you be buying a new Kindle? If so, which one?
Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire tablet this morning in NYC. Said to be coming with a low price tag of $199, this seven-inch tablet will run a custom version of Android and come packed with WiFi connectivity, but will be released without a camera, microphone, or 3G access.
Additionally, the Kindle Fire will come stocked with a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, the $79 membership that offers free two-day shipping and free movie and video streaming.
Update: Jeff Bezos has officially announced the Kindle Fire himself and has revealed more details:
- 14.6 ounces
- Dual-core processor
- Free Amazon Cloud storage
- Whispersync includes books, movies, TV shows, songs
- Gorilla Glass display
- New Silk browser that is split between running in the cloud and running on the device (more on this later)
- Amazon Prime members will get unlimited streaming access to music and videos through their membership
- 8GB of on-board storage, which will hold up to 80 apps, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books, with unlimited backup in Amazon's cloud storage.
- Preorder now; available Nov. 15