Kindle Paperwhite brings back the good old days of e-reading

Amazon releases new Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon’s Kindle line has been in the market since 2007 with the original e-reader having a monochrome E-Ink display. This device was primarily for e-book reading and nothing else. What was great bout that first Amazon Kindle is the great battery life and simplicity of the device.

Fast forward to 2012 where the latest Kindle Fire HD Tablet wants to put its mark on the tablet market place.

But there is the Kindle Paperwhite. This e-reader shows that Amazon still knows what an e-reader is.

The Kindle Paperwhite is a better version of the Kindle Touch, which was released last year. Unlike the Kindle Fire HD, the Kindle Paperwhite thrives for e-book reading.

It is thinner, shorter and narrower than the Kindle Touch. Unfortunately, Amazon removed the headphone jack and speakers on the Kindle Paperwhite. So say goodbye to listening to MP3s and audiobooks.

The Kindle Paperwhite has a much improved screen contrast and resolution and Amazon added illumination for better reading in poor lighting conditions. It still measure about 6 inches diagonally.

Just in time for the Holidays, the Kindle Paperwhite is a perfect gadget for you if you would only want to read and read and not do multiple things on your device.

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Amazon takes revenge on Google while striking at Apple

The new Amazon tablets are out, and the Kindle Fire has never looked better. When we thought Amazon and their upstart Kindle Fire was finally put to rest by Google’s Nexus 7, they launched a counter offensive that not only sought to out price the Nexus 7, but also sought outperform the Google product.

Amazon launched a flurry of tablets during the press event. First is the revived Kindle Fire with better RAM, processor, and battery, making it viable option despite the Nexus 7. It was also priced competitively low, at only $159 apiece. That is not bad, considering the original Kindle Fire was still very attractive to customers even when the Nexus 7 was already out.

If the revamped Kindle Fire was not enough to beat Google’s Nexus 7 on the spot, they have a new device at the $199 price point – the Kindle Fire HD. It is everything the Kindle Fire once was, with a high definition display, a 5GHz band Wi-Fi capability, and better sound Dolby Digital Plus. It also beats the Nexus 7 in the memory category, starting at 16 GB at $199 and 32 GB at $249. The Nexus 7 16 GB version starts at $249. Amazon really rules in price right now.

It uses a customized secure Amazon Android ICS version. There is no word on getting Jelly Bean, but it wouldn’t matter, as Amazon routinely cuts out anything Google from the OS, so the Google-centric changes in Jelly Bean would not even make it to the device. Amazon even makes sure the default search engine searches Amazon’s site first, especially for purchasable items and multimedia content.

At this point, everything Amazon did was more than expected. They managed to dish out a competitive product while keeping the price lower than the Google Nexus 7. What we didn’t expect, is Amazon attacking the Apple iPad.

Using the 3rd Generation iPad as a benchmark, Amazon shows how they beat Apple in competitive pricing with their Kindle Fire HD 8.9, but first, let’s look at what the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has to offer.

The larger Kindle Fire HD tablet has a Retina class display, going at 254 ppi, compared to the iPad with a 264 ppi. Both devices have highly dense displays that make sure you won’t see the pixels when you look at the screen.

The Kindle Fire HD also sports a dual band Wi-Fi antenna, which in theory makes browsing the internet much faster than both the Nexus 7 and the iPad 3. Usage of this technology will still depend on your Wi-Fi router, but it is still an awesome addition to the product specifications.

Speaking of specifications, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 also uses a dual core processor similar to the old version, but with a better integrated GPU. This allows higher graphical performance necessary for the Retina quality displays. The processor is clocked at a whopping 1.8 GHz. Much like the iPad, the Kindle Fire HD also has a 4G LTE version, aptly named the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE.

Now back to the pricing, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starts at $299 for the 16 GB version, while the iPad is priced at $499. It is even lower than the 2nd Generation iPad, which is currently priced at $399 for the 16 GB model.

Going higher in memory, the Wi-Fi only Kindle is priced at $399 for the 32 GB version while the 4G LTE version is priced at $499 for 32 GB. The new iPad is priced at $599 for Wi-Fi, and $729 for the 4G version.

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE also has a 64 GB option, priced at $599. The iPad has 64 GB on both the Wi-Fi and 4G options, but are priced at a hefty sum of $699 and $829 respectively.

As you can see, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, which was presented in a way that truly screams “aimed at the iPad”, is priced very competitively. Google tried to beat Amazon in price, and Amazon just beat them back to the ground taking Apple along for the ride.

This has yet to take into consideration the added Kindle specific features that are not present in other Android versions, most notably, the high integration with the Amazon AppStore, the X-Ray for books and movies, and the advanced built in parental controls.

There are certainly a lot of factors to consider when buying your tablet. If price is all you are worried about, then the Kindle lineup has you covered while providing features and specifications that are able to go toe to toe with all the other tablets in the market. Will a Kindle be your next device?

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Amazon partners with Bing as their default web browser

Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, has been lagging behind the search engine wars. Now, the company is on the offensive after they told Mashable that they have inked a deal with Amazon to be Kindle Fire HD’s default Web browser.

The deal was only finalized a few days ago according to general manager of communications and influencer marketing of Bing Adam Sohn. This makes Bing the default engine of the Kindle Fire HD and the new Kindle Fire tablets, though users can opt to change their default browser preference.

Amazon is the second company to have a tie-up with Microsoft. Research In Motion was the first company to have a deal with Microsoft. RIM will power search and maps of BlackBerry phones from then on.

Bing has slowly but surely gained market share. Bing is currently used by individuals 15.6% when they search something online.

Microsoft has been losing money on their online services division and Bing is a big part of it. Instead of cutting the lifeline of Bing, Microsoft is trying to revamp and rejuvenate the fledging search engine.

It may take a while, but this partnership could eventually lead to more usage of Bing.

Do you think that Microsoft did the right decision in maintaining Bing?

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Amazon to offer ad-free Kindle Fire HD

Good news for new Kindle Fire HD owners, as Amazon has decided to offer their clients a way to remove the advertisements that appear on their screens.

Though it doesn’t come free, it’s an excellent way for Kindle Fire HD owners to use their tablets without those unwanted advertisements.

Kindle Fire HD owners have to shell out $15 to remove these advertisements that appear every time the user locks the screen of their Kindles.

A statement released by Amazon said, “I wanted to let you know that with Kindle Fire HD there will be a special offer opt-out option for $15.”

“We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our special offers and very few people choose to opt out. We’re happy to offer customers the choice,” they added.

These ad-free Kindles will not be directly available in the market. Kindle Fire HD owners need to purchase the tablet first then pay the $15 fee to remove the ads.

Amazon began the ad lock screen two years ago to help offer their tablets to their clients in a cheaper price.

Analysts said that Amazon didn’t initially want to offer the fee for their clients. But since then, they have changed their mind.

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