Amazon Also Introduces New Kindle Fire HD at $139

Kindle Fire HD

Along with tonight’s announcement of the new Kindle Fire HDX tablets by Amazon, we also get a new Kindle Fire HD that has been upgraded in a number of areas yet drops in at a low price of $139. At that insanely low price, you are looking at a 1280×800 HD display (216ppi), 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Dolby Digital Plus audio dual speakers, the same slim design of the HDX series, and the new Fire OS 3.0 fork of Android.

The new Kindle Fire is available for pre-order in both 8GB and 16GB models starting today, and will begin shipping October 2.

Amazon Links:  Kindle Fire HD WiFi ($139)  (more…)

Amazon Announces Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch and 8.9-inch Tablets Starting at $229

Kindle Fire HDX-family

Amazon just went massive late night press release and product announcement on us, with an unveiling of their new Kindle Fire HDX line of tablets. The new tablets come in both 7-inch and 8.9-inch display sizes, run 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processors (quad-core), last for up to 11 hours of “mixed use,” utilize a new forked version of Android called Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito,” introduce free 24×7 tech support through the Mayday button, and can connect via LTE on both AT&T and Verizon networks.

The Fire HDX 7 WiFi model starts at $229 for the 16GB WiFi model, and is available for pre-order starting today. Amazon plans to begin shipping orders by October 18. If you want the 4G LTE version of the HDX 7, you’ll pay at least $329 and see shipments beginning November 14.

The Fire HDX 8.9 WiFi starts at $379 for the 16GB WiFi model with pre-orders opening today as well. Amazon expects to begin shipping 8.9 orders by November 7. If you want to go 4G LTE HDX 8.9, you are looking at a price of at least $479 with a shipping estimate of December 10.

Amazon Links:  Kindle Fire HDX 7 | Kindle Fire HDX 8.9  (more…)

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Starts Shipping Today for $299, in Stores Tomorrow

Amazon’s newest tablet, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, starts shipping today. At $299 (for the WiFi version), you get a 8.9″ 1920×1200 display (with 254ppi), TI OMAP4470 dual-core processor, dual stereo Dolby Digital Plus audio speakers, a front facing camera for video chatting, and easy access to all of Amazon’s content.

If a WiFi-only model doesn’t fulfill your needs, then you may want to consider the 4G LTE equipped 8.9. It starts at $499, but more importantly, gives you the opportunity to purchase a $49 year-long data package. Amazon partnered with AT&T to offer this one-of-a-kind data deal. The 4G LTE model ships next week.

Amazon Links:  Fire HD 8.9 w/ WiFi ($299) | Fire HD 8.9 w/ 4G LTE ($499)

Three Reasons Why the Kindle Fires Should Be Considered Android Tablets [Opinion]

Ever since the original Kindle Fire was released last year there has been some controversy about whether or not to consider Amazon’s tablets to be Android tablets. While Amazon has always admitted that the products run a forked version of Android and Android apps, the Android community was quick to distance themselves from the product despite its record sales. While Amazon likes to talk about Fire apps and doesn’t talk about the version of Android running underneath the Fire interface in any of their official documentation, I believe the Kindle Fire should be considered an Android tablet.

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Kindle Fire HD 7″ and 2nd Generation Kindle Fire Available Now

The brand new Kindle Fire HD 7″ and the 2nd generation Kindle Fire are now available. Announced last week at an event in Los Angeles, Amazon initially only opened up pre-orders for these two devices with a launch date of September 14. Since it’s now September 14, the switch appears to have been flipped, with pre-orders becoming a thing of the past. If you don’t feel like waiting for the Fire HD 8.9″ or Paperwhite, then hit up the links below and get to ordering.

At $199 for the 7″ HD model, you are looking at one of the better deals in all of tech. Amazon’s UI may take some getting used to if you are coming from a traditional Android device, but that screen, new WiFi tech, Whispersync, and Amazon ecosystem are tough to deny.

Link:  Kindle Fire HD 7″ WiFi (16GB for $199, 32GB for $249) – Available September 14

Link:  Kindle Fire 2 WiFi (8GB for $159) – Available September 14

Video: Watch the Entire Amazon Kindle Fire HD Event

Since yesterday’s Amazon event wasn’t streamed live, most of you participated in our live blog (which Ron did an amazing job during). If you missed that or simply want to go back and catch every single detail that Jeff Bezos belted out about the new Kindle Fire HD models, the Paperwhite, and all of their new software enhancements, then Amazon has gone ahead and uploaded the entire thing to YouTube for you to watch.  (more…)

Entirety of Amazon’s New Kindle Fire Lineup Is Ad-Supported (Update)

As more hands-on time is being spent with the newest Android-powered Kindle Fire tablets from Amazon, we’re learning much more about how Amazon is able to sell the hardware for so cheap. The newest piece of info we’ve learned, whether you think is good or bad, is that all three of the new Kindle Fires (Fire, HD7, HD8.9) will be ad-supported. Much like on the older e-reader from last year, Amazon will display “special offers” on the lockscreen of the device while it is not in use.  (more…)