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ZDNet Today: 7 reasons the Kindle Fire is better than the iPad But I Wanna Hear From Our FOB’s That Got Theirs (Are You Listening Mr Morrison?)

By David Gewirtz | November 16, 2011, 5:39am PST

Summary: To be fair, I’ve only had a few hours to tinker with the new device, but I can already say that there are a bunch of ways the Kindle Fire is better than the iPad.

My Kindle Fire arrived last night. I was surprised to find myself excited, waiting for it to arrive. This was especially surprising, because in September, I detailed 12 reasons you might NOT want to buy a Kindle Fire.

To be fair, I’ve only had a few hours to tinker with the new device, but I can already say that there are a bunch of ways the Kindle Fire is better than the iPad.

For the rest of the article click here and read his review

Now when I recommended people get this I never dreamed anyone would come out and say a $200 Kindle Fire would be better than a polished excellent device as the iPad at almost 3 times the price.  I figured it would be pretty damn good and the thing about it that would be killer was that $200 price point.

This is quite the coup.  I’m really eager to hear from those of you who got one yesterday or today in the mail from my initial recommendation

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I’m dying to hear from you guys.  How do you like it?????

Paul Morrison I have some specific questions-

How is the screen?

Did you watch any youtube videos on it?

Did you access email on it?

Is it a value at $200 and who is it the perfect gift for if so?

Kindle Fire first impressions: Wow!

By Ed Burnette | November 16, 2011, 11:59am PST

Summary: I have the new Kindle Fire from Amazon in my hot little hands and I’m not letting go. It’s going to take the tablet market by storm.

I thought about posting an article consisting of a single word to describe my first impressions with the Kindle Fire. The word is:

Wow

Figuring this might be a lacking a little in the detail department, I decided to write something longer. So here you go:

Wow!

Kidding aside, the Kindle Fire arrived at my doorstep in an unassuming brown cardboard box yesterday afternoon. I’ve spent several hours playing with it, trying different apps on it, and hooking it up to Eclipse to see if I could write and debug programs for it. And let me just say, I’m impressed.

The Kindle Fire is a sweet little tablet, exceeding my expectations in almost every way. Especially considering the $199 price. Where do I start?

  • The screen is bright and colorful, a pleasure to read and play.
  • The size is perfect; much easier to carry around than a 10 inch tablet. It even fits in my big pockets.
  • The Fire’s screen has true independent two-finger multi-touch. Games like Pew Pew 2 have no problem at all with their joystick-like controls.
  • All the Amazon user interfaces are beautifully designed and color coordinated.
  • Integration with the Amazon ecosystem of books, movies, and apps, is airtight and natural.
  • The Fire is fast! App switching, page turning, video watching, no matter what you throw at it, it just purrs along. I’ve read reviews about it being sluggish, but that hasn’t been my experience at all.
  • It uses the latest version of Android for which source code was available (2.3.4 API level 10). This is important because it’s the first version with decent APIs for native gaming. According to a source at Amazon who asked not to be named, they are working to port Android 4 to the Fire now that the code is available.
  • Amazon did a great job handling navigation with no hardware buttons without taking up a lot of the screen (better than stock Android 3.x or 4.x IMHO).
  • The Fire allows side-loading of apps, so I can install apps from web sites or email attachments (great for developers and enterprise users).

Paul Morrison Chimes in with a short review and answers to my questions–

I’ll write a longer review as soon as I get feedback from Sue who is an avid Kindle reader. But in answer to your questions:

How is the screen?
The clarity is amazing.

Did you watch any youtube videos on it?
Yes, within moments of thinking of youtube and typing Tim Minchin I had a selection of his youtubes, selecting Prejudice I was watching a crystal clear video in the right format. Nicely done. You don’t even have to think about it.

Did you access email on it?
Even though it is Sue’s I checked it out. Took about 30 seconds to put in some settings for one of my gmail accounts. Very simple and well laid out .

Is it a value at $200 and who is it the perfect gift for if so?
As I was messing with it just now and getting hooked on listening to the audio book of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (gotta buy that now) I think the answer is easy. This Kindle is for someone who wants to ingest input from the outside world. Movies, (the trailers look awesome) TV (samples look great), books (That is Amazon’s ecosystem), audiobooks. The layout to consume that stuff is simple, easy, elegant. I tried to think of myself as a grumpy old person born before the internet was invented and I could easily see figuring out the bookshelf and how to go get all of this stuff. Amazon is the perfect portal to all of that stuff. Buying stuff from Amazon.com also looks way to easy. 1 clickety click and the boxes show up.

I need to have Sue read a book to compare to the Kindle Reader. The fact that the screen is lit and not passive might be a dela breaker. Battery life might also be since the Kindle Reader lasts a month to the 8 hours on the Kindle Fire.

My last word: This thing is great because competition is what makes for good stuff. The iPad has some competition. They may lose the chunk of people who want to consume some good text/video. The iPad2 just has a lot more stuff. For the geek who wants everything this falls short but fortunately most of us aren’t geeks.

Kindle Fire’s Are Shipping!!!

This just in from Patrick Ryan-

Fw: Your Amazon.com order of "Kindle Fire, Full Color 7"…" has shipped!

Greetings Patrick J Ryan!
We thought you’d like to know that we shipped your items, and that this
completes your order.

Your estimated delivery date is:
  Wednesday, November 16, 2011

If you ordered one let me know if you got your shipping confirmation as well!

And Gizmodo Raves About It!-

Kindle Fire Review: The iPad Finally Has Serious Competition

The Kindle Fire is stuck between e-ink minimalism and gleaming iPad decadence. That could either make it the goofy middle child in the tablet family, or a singular wunderkind. But the Fire will not be overlooked. Apple: Be afraid.

Why it matters

Amazon isn’t just a bookstore. Nor is it a music store, shoe store, video streaming service, or newsstand. Amazon has wrapped all of these things together into a rich, easy way to suck down almost every conceivable form of media with one key: Prime. But Prime has been stuck behind the tangled butterface of Amazon.com—the site is a mess, a cage. This Kindle is meant to change all that, to not only be a Better Kindle, but a direct conduit to all of Prime’s awesomeness: the missing piece.

And what a piece it is, right? It’s hard to believe it sprung from the same hatchery as the Kindles of yore, with its dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, and a gorgeous 7-inch, 16-million color display beaming a custom Amazonian Android build, made specifically for Kindle’s essence.

If the Fire succeeds, everything changes for Amazon. And for Apple as well.

Using it

The Fire doesn’t feel like any other Android tablet—and that’s a very, very good thing. From the minute you turn it on, the device is puzzlingly simple. Where’s the home screen?, someone might ask you. All you see is a shelf, stacked with whatever you’ve looked at recently: novels, magazines, apps, TV episodes—everything. The emphasis is squarely on picking out stuff to stimulate your eyeballs (and ears) with—all else is secondary. This makes for a UI that’s not only simple, but intuitive. You don’t have to think about how to use the Fire, because unlikeApple’s dodgy attempts at interface metaphors, Amazon’s works perfectly: here’s my shelf of things. Which thing will I choose?

Of course, there’s more than the shelf. A search bar at up top does the obvious across everything you own, and small organizational tabs inconspicuously span the upper boundary of the screen: newspapers and magazines, books, music, video, docs, apps, and a web browser. Need more to consume? The Store is always at most two clicks away. Tap Books. Tap Store. Here’s the entirety of Amazon’s catalog, neatly organized, easily downloaded.

The reason Apple should be afraid isn’t because the Kindle Fire is going to blow away the iPad based on spec.  The iPad is $600, the Kindle Fire is $200 though and the reason apple should be worried is because tehre is finally some serious competition price wise.

That $200 price point for a great tablet (Kindle Fire) is going to put a lot of units in the hands of the population and those are people who won’t pony up the huge dough for admittedly a great product (the iPad) but at three times as much cost.

For those of you who ordered one for yourself, I can’t wait for you to write in and give me your impressions! Patrick Ryan this means you!  The 16th is just two days away!

Here’s your link to order ‘em and get some Christmas shopping done!

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The $200 Kindle Fire Gets The Nod From Tech Blog Engadget

from engadget-
Amazon adds Hulu Plus, ESPN ScoreCenter to Kindle’s Android apps, Nook Tablet loses its edge

By Joseph Volpe posted Nov 11th 2011 7:04PM

Not sufficiently amped up for the impending release of Amazon’s first tablet? That could very well change as the Seattle-based company’s just made its thousands-strong app pot a little sweeter. After reminding the product-buying populace a few days ago that the newly birthed Kindle Fire is, indeed, atablet with access to a boatload of Android apps, Bezos and co. are now upping the slate’s ante by announcing the availability of Hulu Plus and ESPN ScoreCenter. It’s an obvious swat at the Nook Tablet’s two greatest lures and could sway indecisive customers back from the brink of Barnes & Noble’s beguiling clutches.

It’s becoming more and more apparent that the Kindle Fire Color Tablet is going to sell like hotcakes.

The Amazon Fire Tablet is going to be this year’s Zhu Zhu Pet and past year’s Cabbage Patch Doll.  

It’s brilliantly priced for people who don’t have to do everything an iPad can do or as seamlessly.  Also there are more pixels than the already fantastic iPad screen?
This will sell well, really well for all those folks who can’t justify an iPad at the same price of a decently spec’d laptop.

You can and should pre-order one for Christmas presents if you don’t want to spring ALL the money for an iPad.

get on the list here

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Technical Details:

Display
7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.

Size (in inches)
7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).

Weight
14.6 ounces (413 grams).

System Requirements
None, because it’s wireless and doesn’t require a computer.

On-device Storage
8GB internal. That’s enough for 80 apps, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.

Cloud Storage
Free cloud storage for all Amazon content

Battery Life
Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.

Charge Time
Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB.

Wi-Fi Connectivity
Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.

USB Port
USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)

Audio
3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.

Content Formats Supported
Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.

Documentation
Quick Start Guide(included in box); Kindle User’s Guide (pre-installed on device)

Warranty and Service
1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warrantyavailable for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the Kindle License Agreement and Terms of Use.

Included in the Box
Kindle Fire tablet, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.

$199.00 Free Super Saver Shipping

Pre-order now to reserve your place in line

Our all-new Kindle Fire will be released on November 15, 2011. Orders are prioritized on a first come, first served basis.

Ships from and sold by Amazon Digital Services. U.S. only.

Movies, apps, games, music, reading and more, plus Amazon’s revolutionary, cloud-accelerated web browser

  • 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books
  • Amazon Appstore – thousands of popular apps and games
  • Ultra-fast web browsing – Amazon Silk
  • Free cloud storage for all your Amazon content
  • Vibrant color touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle
  • Fast, powerful dual-core processor
  • Amazon Prime members enjoy unlimited, instant streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows

This thing has more pixels than the iPad at less than half the price?  If anyone has seen the iPads gorgeous screen you know that’s a big deal.   The thing will play windows videos as well as mac videos and best of all it supports Flash, so all those flash based sites you can’t access on an iPad, you can on the kindle Fire.

If they were both the same price I’d buy the iPad all day long but when you take that $200 price into account it’s tough to beat for value.

Best move is to put in a pre-order for one ASAP and even if you change your mind you can cancel the order before November but best case scenario is you sell it for double on eBay to someone who desperately needs one to give as a Christmas present.

A laptop and/or pc replacement for $200 and will do everything that 90% of people need it to do.

Is it a replacement for a power user?   Obviously not, but power users only make up 10% or less of the marketplace IMO and the  Kindle Fire will capture the other 90% of the marketplace’s needs.  This would be PERFECT for my mom, my wife, my nephew or niece, my sister, just about anyone whose computing use is 90% Facebook and 10% web browsing.

No-Brainer as my boy Patrick Ryan said to me.

GMG Tech Talk- Where I Buy My Online Music and Why It Isn’t iTunes

I have an iPad, I love it.  I am not an apple hater, they make fantastic hardware.  You pay for the luxury of using apple products dearly.  I happen to think that I can create my blog way faster and efficiently using Windows 7 than a Mac but that isn’t what we’re talking about in this post.

Right now I’m going to tell you why I don’t buy my online music through iTunes any longer.

For a cell phone I have an android HTC EVO.  The thing can do a crazy amount of things way better than an iPhone because android’s operating system allows it to be customized way more than what you can do with an iPhone.  This is good AND bad.

For most people (read non geeky tech folks) I would recommend an iPhone over an android one.  The reason being that because android is SO customizable there are often little quirks that pop up like battery drainage if you are running some rogue app and other things that occasionally drive me nuts but because my android phone lets me do certain things for the blog way more efficiently, that’s why I’ll be sticking with android and the android platform.  Google basically pumps out a stupid number of awesome applications that integrate so well with it and they charge nothing for them but for people that don’t need all those bells and whistles the iPhone works great.

Anyway, here’s my second attempt to get back on track.  Online music purchases.

Amazon has an mp3 store and app for amazon which allows you to buy any music and it stores it in the cloud AND allows you to download it and sync it wirelessly with all of your devices. 

It bothers me that when I pay $1.29 for a song in my iTunes account, I can’t just find it in my iTunes music library and drop it into my android music folder for listening on my cell phone with headsets or through bluetooth.  I have to go in and convert the file over. 

With the Amazon mp3 store you click to buy the song on your desktop or your phone and once and it downloads it to the cloud for listening anywhere, then it syncs it with your desktop computer and cell phone AND here’s the kicker….. wait for it…….. syncs it with my iTunes account.  So you buy it for cheaper and you can instantly listen to it on all your devices using Amazon Cloud Player or you can pay more for it on iTunes, have to manually convert and then add the song to each of your other devices.

On top of that Amazon’s Cloud Player is free and will store 5GB of your music to the cloud instead of having to store it on your cell phone which leaves free space on your device for applications.

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Here’s a video explaining it

 

Here is the music I’ve recently downloaded-

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For those of you who are gonna get the Kindle Fire  this is a great way to buy and store your music.  Once you fire up that Kindle Fire your music will sync right to it.  Brilliant, the way it ought to be!

 

GMG Tech Talk- Don’t Say I Didn’t Tell You- Amazon Fire Article On Engadget

Kindle Fire pre-orders heat up, reportedly reach 95,000

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Like I said on September 28th-

The Kindle Fire Color Tablet is going to sell like hotcakes.

The Amazon Fire Tablet is going to be this year’s Zhu Zhu Pet and Past year’s Cabbage Patch Doll.   The thing where everyone will be killing themselves to get and there won’t be enough to go around creating a frenzy to get them.  you heard it here.  September 28th, 2011.  Write it down.

It’s brilliantly priced for people who don’t have to do everything an iPad can do or as seamlessly.  Also there are more pixels than the already fantastic iPad screen?
This will sell well, really well for all those folks who can’t justify an iPad at the same price of a decently spec’d laptop.

You can and should pre-order one for Christmas presents if you don’t want to spring ALL the money for an iPad.

get on the list here

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Kindle Fire Tablet and Why It Will be Wildly Successful

The Kindle Fire Color Tablet is going to sell like hotcakes.

The Amazon Fire Tablet is going to be this year’s Zhu Zhu Pet and Past year’s Cabbage Patch Doll.   The thing where everyone will be killing themselves to get and there won’t be enough to go around creating a frenzy to get them.  you heard it here.  Sepember 28th, 2011.  Write it down.

It’s brilliantly priced for people who don’t have to do everything an iPad can do or as seamlessly.  Also there are more pixels than the already fantastic iPad screen?
This will sell well, really well for all those folks who can’t justify an iPad at the same price of a decently spec’d laptop.

You can and should pre-order one for Christmas presents if you don’t want to spring ALL the money for an iPad.

get on the list here

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Technical Details:

Display
7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.

Size (in inches)
7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).

Weight
14.6 ounces (413 grams).

System Requirements
None, because it’s wireless and doesn’t require a computer.

On-device Storage
8GB internal. That’s enough for 80 apps, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.

Cloud Storage
Free cloud storage for all Amazon content

Battery Life
Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.

Charge Time
Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB.

Wi-Fi Connectivity
Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.

USB Port
USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)

Audio
3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.

Content Formats Supported
Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.

Documentation
Quick Start Guide(included in box); Kindle User’s Guide (pre-installed on device)

Warranty and Service
1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the Kindle License Agreement and Terms of Use.

Included in the Box
Kindle Fire tablet, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.

$199.00 Free Super Saver Shipping

Pre-order now to reserve your place in line

Our all-new Kindle Fire will be released on November 15, 2011. Orders are prioritized on a first come, first served basis.

Ships from and sold by Amazon Digital Services. U.S. only.

Movies, apps, games, music, reading and more, plus Amazon’s revolutionary, cloud-accelerated web browser

  • 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books
  • Amazon Appstore – thousands of popular apps and games
  • Ultra-fast web browsing – Amazon Silk
  • Free cloud storage for all your Amazon content
  • Vibrant color touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle
  • Fast, powerful dual-core processor
  • Amazon Prime members enjoy unlimited, instant streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows

This thing has more pixels than the iPad at less than half the price?  If anyone has seen the iPads gorgeous screen you know that’s a big deal.   The thing will play windows videos as well as mac videos and best of all it supports Flash, so all those flash based sites you can’t access on an iPad, you can on the kindle Fire.

If they were both the same price I’d buy the iPad all day long but when you take that $200 price into account it’s tough to beat for value.

My prediction, when you want to buy one, for Christmas present’s they will be so backordered you probably won’t be able to get one.

Best move is to put in a pre-order for one ASAP and even if you change your mind you can cancel the order before November but best case scenario is you sell it for double on eBay to someone who desperately needs one to give as a Christmas present.

There’s no way they produce enough for the demand at that price point.

A laptop and/or pc replacement for $200 and will do everything that 90% of people need it to do.

Is it a replacement for a power user?   Obviously not, but power users only make up 10% or less of the marketplace IMO and the  Kindle Fire will capture the other 90% of the marketplace’s needs.  This would be PERFECT for my mom, my wife, my nephew or niece, my sister, just about anyone whose computing use is 90% Facebook and 10% web browsing.

No-Brainer as my boy Patrick Ryan said to me earlier.