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Kindle Fire HD – Amazon Press Release & New Kindles

Kindle Fire HD – Amazon Press Release & New Kindles

The Kindle Fire HD is the new Kindle announced at the press release held by Amazon on the 6th of September. The long awaited Amazon Press Conference took place in an airplane hangar in Santa Monica, California. Amazon founder and executive Jeff Bezos went over Amazon’s new releases including four new Kindles, the Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire 8.9” and a Kindle with 4G access for only $50 a year.

Kindle Fire HD

Amazon Press Release Overview

The Amazon Press Release was held, as expected, in the same hangar that the teaser for the Kindle fire was shown in. Amazon founder; and technological visionary Jeff Bezos displayed the new Kindles and their features over a period of about four hours.

Despite the surprise debut of two more tablets than expected, somewhat less attention was given to Amazon’s press release than to Apple’s, perhaps because Kindle doesn’t grab headlines quite as well as iPad.

The Kindle Fire, sold out of all models, has been re-stocked and the price lowered by $40 to an amazing $159 per model. If Amazon was losing money on their Fire before, they have to be losing even more now. (At $159, the old Kindle re-stock is perhaps the best deal on the planet for a good quality tablet/e-reader)  However, the Kindle Fire isn’t just a re-stock. It’s all new and improved and promises 40% faster performance, twice the memory and longer battery life. If you’ve been waiting to get a Kindle Fire, now is definitely the time.

Kindle Fire HD 7”

The Kindle Fire HD 7” is the next model debuted. The device features the same general size as the old Kindle Fire with additional features including screen illumination, 1280×800 HD display, 1.2Ghz processor, Skype, Cloud storage and more. Amazon is saying that the HD is the most advanced 7” tablet on the planet, but since there aren’t too many 7” competitors, it’s easy to say. However, the HD looks pretty impressive to us. Get the 16GB for $199 and the 32GB for $249, however; since it comes with free cloud storage, the 16GB is still the better deal.  For those of you interested in a comparison, Jim Bezos claims that his Kindle Fire HD WiFi is 41% faster than that on the iPad, not a stretch considering many users complain that the WiFi is actually a little slow on Apple’s tablet.

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9” Release

The most notable release of the entire night was the Kindle Fire HD, a huge step forward for the kindle. Many people are saying that the new 8.9” will have the Kindle competing with the iPad, but we personally think that Apple lovers will still go with Apple, and budget lovers and readers will still go with Kindle. The device is 8.9” which puts it at about the same size as the iPad, but that’s not all. Many of the Kindle Fire’s new features are throwing it into waters that could have it competing as a low cost alternative to the iPad.

Some of those features include an HD (single) camera that allows Kindle users to Skype but mostly, the 8.9” is just a bigger screen for the Fire HD. If you want to watch movies, play games or etc. it’s a huge improvement over the 7”. However; if you just want to read, we at the High Tech Society think that you can get the 7” for a much cheaper price. The Fire HD 8.9” is priced at $299 for the 16” tablet and $369 for the 32GB tablet. Once again, it comes with free, unlimited cloud storage, so the $269 version will save you money.

The $469 Kindle Fire: Is It Worth It?

Last but not least, Bezos debuted the brand new $469 Kindle Fire. Known as the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE Wireless, the device features 4G internet for only $50 per month, comes with a $10 Amazon gift card, and has free access to unlimited Cloud storage.

With an 8.9” HD 1920×1200 anti-glare screen, you can take this Kindle Fire anywhere, and still have access to internet.  Plus, when you consider that the year worth of 4G only costs you $50, you’re saving about $400 as opposed to purchasing an iPad with 3 or 4G.  The Kindle Fire 4G LTE Wireless comes in 32 and 64GB models and is priced at $469 and $599.

What do you think of the new Kindles? Many people believe that Amazon has just thrown itself into the dangerous waters (and therefore ‘wars’) surrounding high end tablets. Currently Amazon controls about 21% of the tablet market, but with the new releases, we expect those numbers to rise rather quickly. Will you be purchasing a new Kindle Fire? If so, which one? Let us know in the comments below.