Entries in Kindle Fire (2)

Thursday
Aug302012

Kindle Fire Sold Out, Amazon Says

Nine months after its introduction, Amazon announces that Kindle Fire has sold out, which means they're probably not making any more of the current model. They also claim that in that relative short time the Kindle Fire managed to take a bite of 22% of the tablet market, which, if true, is quite a stellar performance. Some believe that figure is just over 6 million units but Amazon has never released an actual figure. In just one week from now, Amazon is hosting a media event where they're expected to announce the next generation Kindle Fire, which promises to be a vast improvement over its predecessor. But competition is stiff, thanks to Google's successful Nexus 7 launch, and Apple's threatened iPad Mini that's right around the corner (some industry insiders think it will launch in November).

This is all very interesting, but what it all boils down to is that eBooks are taking off, and the entire industry is trending toward the digital side. This is good news for some, bad news for others, but it's the wave of the future. Samsung, meanwhile, recently lost a major court battle against Apple and was ordered to pony up over $1 billion to the company due to patent infringement, seeing its smartphone and tablet devices mimic many of Apple's iPhone and iPad functions. This makes way for Microsoft and other companies to squeeze into the mix and over up new platforms like Windows 8, which seems promising.

We'll see what happens.

Joe

Saturday
Jan142012

iPad 2 vs Kindle Fire: An Author/Reader/Musician's Review

As an author, book producer, avid reader, and recording musician, I decided it was my duty to do a review of the iPad and Kindle Fire for those of you who are on the fence as to whether to go team Apple or team Amazon. Ironically, I own the original iPad, a Kindle 3 with an e-ink screen, and most recently received the Kindle Fire as a present (not to mention my iPhone). Yes, I know that it seems like tablet overload, but I'm not complaining. I actually use every device I own, especially since I produce fiction books for 711 Press and write books for Vendera Publishing. So, if you're on the fence about which to buy, this review is a simple breakdown of my thoughts on each tablet, which I hope will help you decide the best choice for you. Let's start with the tablet screen:

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 If you prefer a larger screen, especially for watching movies on Netflix, the 9.7-inch screen on the iPad does offer easier viewing over the 7-inch screen on the Kindle Fire. At 132 pixels per inch via iPad versus 169 pixels per inch via Kindle Fire, I haven't noticed much difference in quality. So, if screen size doesn't matter, this isn't a deal breaker. Viewing movies on either screen is enjoyable. The quality is crisp and clean on both tablets. Speaking of movies, if watching streaming videos is your thing, Amazon Prime ($79.00 per year) does offer free movie streaming similar to Netflix, which is just one of the perks for Amazon Prime. (I'll discuss more perks shortly). 

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