Thursday, September 29, 2011

New Kindles

Yesterday, Amazon announced their new line of Kindles.

Kindle Touch 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display

  • $149 / $189
  • Free 3G wireless, no annual contracts or monthly fees. Learn more
  • Download books anywhere, no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots
  • 3G wireless works globally
  • Most-advanced E Ink display, now with multi-touch
  • New sleek design – 8% lighter, 11% smaller, holds 3,000 books
  • Text-to-speech, plus audio books and mp3s
  • Massive book selection, over 800,000 titles are $9.99 or less
  • New – Borrow Kindle books from your public library
Available for preorder today

Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display
  • $99 / $139
  • Most-advanced E Ink display, now with multi-touch
  • New sleek design – 8% lighter, 11% smaller, holds 3,000 books
  • Text-to-speech, plus audio books and mp3s
  • Built in Wi-Fi – Get books in 60 seconds
  • Massive book selection, over 800,000 titles are $9.99 or less
  • New – Borrow Kindle books from your public library
Available for preorder today

Kindle, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers
  • $79 / $109
  • The all-new Kindle – Lighter, smaller, faster
  • 30% lighter, less than 6 ounces
  • 18% smaller body, same 6″ screen size – Fits in your pocket
  • Most advanced E Ink display, reads like paper
  • Built in Wi-Fi – Get books in 60 seconds
  • Massive book selection, over 800,000 titles are $9.99 or less
  • New – Borrow Kindle books from your public library
Order now

Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi
  • $199
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Supported Formats: 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.
Available for preorder today

Are you planning on preordering or buying a new Kindle for yourself or a loved one? Which one? What do you think of the new features? Now that the price of an ereader has dropped to below $100, are you more likely to give one a chance? Do you think the Kindle Fire compares well to the iPAD?

14 comments:

E.R. King said...

I just saw the Kindle Fire commercial last night, and I was like, "What? That's awesome!" I know what I'm asking Santa for this year. I hope I've been good.

Cherie Reich said...

There is a small part of me that wants them all. I don't know why. *laughs* I really would like to get the Kindle Fire. I have a Kindle 2, and it's great and well-loved, but if I got a Kindle Fire, it'd be better. Plus, I could give my Kindle 2 to my sister or mom, so they can read more books.

KCarey said...

I had a Kindle, and for me it just sat around. Not because I didn't like it, but more because I'm going through a phase and can't seem ti focus enough to sit down and read. If anything, I'd like to get Tablet. Multi use items make more sense to me in the long run.

KCarey said...

Oh.. I missed the Fire. :P It's pretty cool. I'd say that, as long as there's a way to play iTunes movies on it. Wish it had a more space on it. 8 isn't all that much in the long run.

Rachel Morgan said...

I was really excited to see these, but pretty bummed when I found out that I can't get the Fire because I don't live in the US... Anyway, I'd been considering getting a Kindle for months, just waiting and waiting to see if anything new would come out this year, and it did! So I bought the new basic Kindle :-)

LTM said...

omg, Nicole! My aunt just asked me what's the difference in the Kindle models! I'll have to direct her to your post.

I have the Kindle 3G + wireless--got it last Christmas. But ooo, I want one of those Fires. :o) <3

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Which is the one with commercials?

Abby said...

I just saw these! I am SO EXCITED. *happy dance* I think one of them may have to be my Christmas present!

Madeline Bartos said...

I already have a Kindle. But I just realized that my high school has a flipping amazing library, so I don't have to buy books anymore. I may have to obsess over the new fancy Kindles though. ;)

Julie Musil said...

I just saw this on Amazon today! I love that there are more choices now, and that the prices are improving. I still have no immediate plans to buy one, but I know I will some day in the future.

Ms Saba (aka Teacher007.5) said...

I really want the kindle touch but I just don't want to spend a bunch of money for something that will be old before I get a chance to figure out how to use all its functions!

nadinefeldman.com said...

This looks like a great idea and well priced. I already own an iPad, which I love, so I'm not in the market. I think Amazon will have to move beyond the 8 GB to compete with iPad, though, and that will add to the price.

katsrus said...

I would love the new kindle Fire. I love that's it's color and a touch screen.
Sue B

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

We're a Nook family, but those Kindles are MIGHTY tempting!! And Christmas is coming ...