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It seems to me that unlike so many other Apple rivals, Amazon actually does a good job with buzz surrounding their events. Tonight, they debuted a commercial during the NFL kickoff that clearly teases out some new Kindles (the current Kindle Touch readers have a silver bezel, not the charcoal one found in the commercial — which looks great).
This isn’t something Apple would do, but that’s fine. No one says everyone has to do everything exactly as Apple would do it (no, not even me) — in fact, I think it’s good that Amazon has their own style.
As a result, I find myself actually interested/excited for what they announce tomorrow. New Kindles? New Kindle Fires (though I disagree with Bryan Bishop, I think the commercial still only shows one size, as was previously reported by CNet — we’ll see)? A phone?!
And while I poke fun at Amazon for their ridiculous PR tactics, I plan to buy this. Yes, even though I just bought a Kindle Touch less than a year ago. And yes, even though I have an iPad (and soon iPad mini?). This backlit e-ink seems like a great reading experience.
What’s with the shock and confusion here? It seems pretty obvious to me that Amazon is gearing up for the launch of a new Kindle Touch with a built in screen light. Reuters reported on this back in May — they fucked up the date (July), but the info all sounds legit.
Amazon’s chief rival in the eReader space, Barnes & Noble, unveiled this in April. It’s a winning idea. Of course Amazon is going to follow suit. It’s not that complicated.
Asked by Anonymous
Nah. I have a 3G Kindle right now (2nd generation), I rarely use the 3G — just to download new books and sync occasionally. And I only ever use it because that device didn’t have an option for WiFi at the time.
Paying an extra $50 for 3G seems silly (though it is a good deal if you’re going to use it a ton since there is no monthly fee, obviously). The bigger issue though is that 3G drains battery life much quicker. That’s the big reason I turn it off by default on my current model.
The Kindle Fire reviews are pouring in. Overall, the consensus seems to be that the device is very solid for the $199 price.
But with that low price point come trade-offs. So no, it’s not an “iPad killer”.
I haven’t played with one yet (aside from a near-complete prototype a few months ago), but I’m gonna hold off on getting one for now. Why? Because I’m fairly certain that Amazon will have a better one out there soon — maybe just a few months from now.
I did just put in my pre-order for a Kindle Touch though. My Kindle was three years old and accumulating fingerprints from the number of times I tried to turn the page by touching the screen. It was time for a change.
The most interesting aspect of the Kindle Fire remains Android. This is going to quickly become the most popular Android tablet on the market. But it doesn’t look like Android at all. Google’s fingerprints are nowhere to be found.
Google can say all they want about how that’s a “win” for the ecosystem and for “open” — but this has to piss them off.