With all the furore surrounding the two technology giants – Apple and Samsung recently, you might be forgiven into thinking that these were the only two companies making smart phones and tablets. But whilst they have been locked in bitter court cases, their competitor – Amazon has been quietly refining and improving on their latest gadgets, and are now ready to reveal their devices to the waiting world. Their new Kindle Fire HD model is said to be the world’s most advanced 7” tablet, they have also made their best selling Kindle Fire even faster, whilst the e book reader Kindle is now lighter and more compact. So have Apple and Samsung taken their eyes off the ball in order for Amazon to reap some of their profits? Here are Amazon’s latest offerings:
Kindle Fire HD, 7″ £169 or £199
With its 7″ HD Display, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Dual-Antenna Wi-Fi, the new Kindle Fire HD is available in 16GB or 32GB and will be released on October 25. Touted as the world’s most advanced 7″ tablet, the 1280×800 HD display comes with polarising filters and anti-glare technology that provide a richer colour and deep contrast from any viewing angle.
Then you get the custom built Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers which give an amazing immersive and virtual surround sound. The Kindle Fire HD is the first tablet with dual antenna, dual-band Wi-Fi for ultra-fast downloads and HD streaming and it has a high performance 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast and fluid performance. The best thing of all however is the lightness of feel and its thin, portable design which makes it easy to hold in one hand. You get access to over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, and magazines, plus tens of thousands of popular apps and games such as Cut the Rope HD, Angry Birds Space HD, Skyscanner, Jamie’s 20-minute meals and Auto Trader, plus a one-month free trial of LOVEFiLM Instant video streaming for unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV series.
Web browsing sites such as Facebook and Twitter is ultra fast on the new Kindle Fire HD with built-in Wi-Fi, with integrated support, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email. There are free Skype-to-Skype video calls with front facing HD camera and free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content.
Kindle Fire 7″ £129
LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8GB
The new Kindle Fire will be released on October 25 and Amazon are saying that their #1 bestseller is now even better. It has a new 1.2GHz processor and 1GB RAM for 40% faster performance than the original Kindle Fire. A vibrant 7″ colour touchscreen for browsing, watching, playing, and reading.
The new Kindle Fire is perfect for carrying about due to the thin, light, and durable shape. You can download over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, and magazines, plus tens of thousands of popular apps and games such as Angry Birds Space, Skyscanner, Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals and Auto Trader. One-month free trial of LOVEFiLM Instant video streaming for unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV series.
There is ultra-fast web browsing and e-mail over built-in Wi-Fi, with integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and more, as well as Microsoft Exchange calendar, contacts, and email. Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content.
Kindle 6” £69
Kindle will be released on September 12 and it is now cheaper and even better. It weighs less than 170 grams – lighter than a paperback, fits in your pocket and has a 15% faster page turn. The new darker, hand-tuned fonts make for easier reading with no glare, even in bright sunlight. You can download books in 60 seconds with built-in Wi-Fi and the all new Kindle holds up to 1,400 books so you can take your library wherever you go.
There is a massive book selection too, as you would expect from Amazon, and low prices, with over 650,000 titles for £3.99 or less. And you get over 180,000 Kindle-exclusive titles that you won’t find anywhere else, including books by best-selling authors such as Phil Rickman.
All products are available from Amazon