Early Thoughts on Amazon's New Tablets

TabletsA year after unveiling their first ever color tablet, the Kindle Fire, Amazon is back again with the release of three new Kindle Tablets - Kindle PaperwhiteKindle Fire HD 7, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9.

The Kindle Paperwhite is set to ship in on the first day of October. The Paperwhite has outstanding screen illumination (hence the name Paper"white") and makes for a great e-reader. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 comes with a wireless broadband, built in 4G LTE and a very affordable data plan costing only $49.99 per year. This one is expected to be available in stores on November 20th.

The Kindle Fire HD 7, already available in stores, is the new and improved version of the original Kindle tablet. Similar to Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7 will retail for $199. The tablet, which is one that will obviously attract many due to its crisp and vivid display, has a resolution of 1920 × 1200. This means that the previous glare issues experienced with using Kindle Fire are no more.

Kindle Fire HD 7 is also equipped with Wi-Fi antennas, which gives it a more reliable internet connection when mobile. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon Inc., says that the Wi-Fi technology on the Fire HD provides for a faster internet experience than the new iPad. This will be a great tool to use in organizations that have BYOD policy. Kindle Fire comes fully stocked HDMI outlet, Bluetooth, as well as dual Dolby digital speakers. This makes it a pioneer in audio technology since it is the first tablet to be equipped with Dolby digital plus.

Amazon is not done impressing clients with its new features - parents now have control of how much time their children can spend playing with Kindle FreeTime. A tool enables parents to pre-determine how much time will be spent on a certain category. For example, if a child is known to play more than read, the program will allow unlimited access to reading, while games, movies and TV time are cut down to an hour or two. Those who love their game time are also going to have fun with this mobile device. Whispersync enables gamers to save their game levels across different devices. 

Kindle Fire HD is equipped with a camera that can be used for Skype or taking photographs. The tablet comes with a built-in Skype app already, so no need for an additional download. One of the most notable features of the Kindle Fire HD is X-Ray for movies. This feature is quite unique - it allows the user to tap on an actor’s face and populates their film and television career "stats." The service is facilitated by IMDB.

The new Amazon tablets not only have better sleek design and faster processors, they are also reasonably priced. Amazon is known for its great deals and does not disappoint when it comes to cloud computing and IT security. Data backup using cloud archiving of up to 20GB is also provided for and $10 credit to be used in the Amazon app store. All of these features are included in the service bundle which is $49.99 a year.

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