So what’s the big deal about the new Kindle4 series? Well….in a word……affordability!
And let’s face it, price is a huge issue in America these days. It’s one of the reasons that the WalMarts and Targets are doing so well. But it seems to me that all of this affordability has come at a steep cost. America was once much more concerned about quality than price.
These days it’s pretty obvious that while a price may be low, the corresponding quality is also low. You know what I’m talking about. You buy something because you just can’t resist the price only to find that it is cheap crap and no money was actually saved.
Enter Amazon’s Kindle products.
These units are perfect for what they are designed to do. Price wise they are right on. From the $79.00 basic Kindle to the brand new $199.00 Kindle Fire the quality and value are there.
Why, because of their incredible content! The basic Kindle can access an astonishing 765,000 books! And when the Kindle Fire debuts in November, users will have immediate access to 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books already available on Amazon’s easy-to-browse virtual shelves.
How’s that for value? But wait….there’s more!
For taking the show out on the road Amazon offers free cloud storage for all of your content making the size of your digital media library virtually infinite! The unit itself has 6GB of storage for content not purchased at Amazon.
As far as apps are concerned, one of the biggest complaints about the Apple platform is that it is a closed system and is far too selective about which developers’ software will be made into an app, while the Android platform seems to be willing to make anything into an app which means a whole lot of combing through junk to get to the good stuff.
The Kindle Fire hopes to bridge that gap with the Amazon Appstore, which will draw from an open market like Android, but will only make available the very best and most popular apps. The result should create easier access to more of the kind of free apps that we all want, without the clutter.
Now, let’s compare the Kindle Fire to the iPad for some perspective.
While the iPad does have a bigger screen, 10 inches as compared to the 7 inch screen of the Kindle, it is also much heavier and very difficult to utilize with one hand. The Kindle can be used for hours one handed without being fatiguing.
The quality of the video and HD games playback however is still to be determined and the smaller screen might be construed as a limitation. Also, the Fire lacks a lens and microphone, so it won’t be able to snap photos, shoot video, or accept video calls.
Still, the price difference between the iPad and the Fire is a whopping $300.00 bucks!
How’s that for savings?
So if you are interested in a pad type device more for media content than for productivity it seems pretty clear that the Kindle Fire is the best bang for the buck out there (or soon to be).
It’s coming to your favorite electronics retailer on November 15th.
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