Today Amazon jumped feet first into the tablet ring while not forgetting to tag in it’s friends the Kindle. There were four Kindles announced today. The all-new Kindle for only $79, two new touch Kindles – Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G – for $99 and $149, and a new class of Kindle – Kindle Fire – a beautiful full color Kindle for movies, TV shows, music, books, magazines, apps, games, web browsing and more, for only $199. You will be able to be a Amazon Prime member which includes unlimited, instant streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows and Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items. Now the value would be worth it if it were not only for one month. Amazon Kindle Fire is identical to the PlayBook in looks.
The one everyone was waiting for did not disappoint. The Kindle Fire looks just like RIM PlayBook but with an Amazon custom UI. There are no signs of Android anywhere on the device. You have the Amazon AppStore no Google Marketplace. You also get free Cloud Storage for your music and movies. Gorilla Glass is on the LCD.
The Amazon Fire does however have a camera and microphone. The backing of all that Amazon content helps a lot as well. Amazon’s customized Android OS looks to be just perfect for this tablet. You can watch movies, read books, play music, browse the web and spend money on Amazon services. $199 for a great tablet should take a bite out of the tablet let market. Combine that with the The new Kindle & Kindle touch for $79 and $99 and you can see why Amazon is in the best position to take on Apple. It’s all about price point.
I have two questions that I wonder about; 1st will the Prime service be lifetime or just for the first year. 2nd lets see how long it will take hackers to get this device Rooted to run other flavors of Android. I’m talking to you XDA Developers. Pre-orders start today, shipping on November 21st.