Getting the Kindle Fire

Getting the Kindle Fire
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Getting the Kindle Fire by Yvette Divino

Tablet PCs of different sizes and prices are getting to be more and more popular nowadays. Even e-book readers are getting revamped because they can already do more than store eBooks. They are now upgraded to enable a connection to the Internet. These kinds of e-book readers can already be called tablet PCs because they can do more and are more powerful than a plain e-book reader. The Kindle Fire is Amazon’s version of this gadget. It can be classified as an upgraded version of their original e-book reader, Kindle. You can buy one from those who sell iPads and other tablet PCs.
This Android-based 7-inch tablet PC was released just in time for the holidays last year. It was able to capitalize on the frenzy for holiday shopping because people were quick to patronize this to be given as Christmas gifts. The last quarter of 2011 was a good time for the Kindle Fire as the sales did well. There were able to sell and ship out 4.7 million units. Those who already had a Kindle did not hesitate to get one for themselves from the same stores that sell iPads and tablet PCs because they had proof that it was a great gadget.

Amazon hoped that Kindle Fire would take a bite off Apple iPad’s market share. It was able to compete with the other tablet PCs in the market as shown by the brisk sales of the unit. They are actually making more money from the sales of the digital content through the Amazon App Store than they are with the sold units. This did the company good because Amazon was able to boost its stocks on extended trading.

Talking about the specs of this mobile PC will convince you that the $199 you will spend for this is truly worth it. The unit’s colored screen has a multi-touch display with IPS technology. The unit’s processor is a 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core processor. It has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels. The 8GB internal storage is enough to hold about 80 applications or 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books. Options for connectivity are an 802.11n Wi-Fi and USB 2.0. The 4400-mAh battery can last up to 8 hours with continuous reading and up to 7.5 hours if using it for videos.

This gadget is running on Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread OS. The unit’s built-in browser is Amazon Silk. webmail is merged into one inbox through the built-in email application allows. There is also available access to Amazon Prime but with a fee if you want unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows. However, the Amazon App Store is only available to customers based in the US. A number of eBooks, documents, pictures and audio formats for the content are supported by this gadget. Kindle Format 8, Kindle Mobi, TXT, PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3, MIDI, WAV and MP4 are some of the supported formats.
There are a number of tablet PCs with similar specs as well prices already available on the market. There is no denying that these are affecting the sales of the Kindle Fire. However, there are rumors going around that a new Kindle Fire will be released sometime this July or August to again catch the attention of the public. An article about this appeared in the China Times. Amazon remains mum on this issue though. There are no technical specs on this rumored gadget released yet and you will not find anyone selling iPads or tablet PCs with this yet. It’s a wait and see situation for everyone at this time.

Yvette Divino is a freelance writer. She’s writing stuff about business and technology (especially electronics, tablet, ipad tablet). Sometimes she loves to write articles for marketing, internet, and computers. She’s now currently writing an article for Cash For iPads.

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