New Kindle Fire – a contender against the iPad?

    Just in time for the holiday season – the newest device from Amazon will be released on Nov. 15. They call it the Kindle Fire, and this $199 tablet computer is set to be a contender against Apple’s iPad.

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says the Fire is a platform for games, movies, music and applications of all kinds. Boasting a 7-inch display, the Fire is about half the size of the iPad.

    The Fire’s multi-tasking abilities allows users to watch a film, scroll through magazines, and access their music collection on Amazon’s servers. 

    “What we are doing is offering premium products at non-premium prices,” says Bezos. “We don’t think of the Kindle Fire as a tablet. We think of it as a service.” 

    Even with a consumer-friendly price, there are still some drawbacks. Unlike the iPad 2, the Fire doesn’t have embedded cameras or a microphone, and relies on Wi-Fi, rather than a 3G cellular connection, for Internet access.

    Click here, to read more about the Kindle Fire.

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