There's a reason we crowned Jeff Bezos the next Steve Jobs: he's cool, composed, stylish, and bald. And now you can see his ascension in motion, as he pitched the world on the new Kindle family. Nice jacket, Jeff.
The Amazon Kindle, first of its name. When the original Kindle launched in 2007, it was immensely popular, selling out within hours and remaining out of stock for months, but it also wasn't the eReader juggernaut that the Kindle is today. It had a 6-inch screen and 250MB of memory, which was expandable by SD card, and originally went for $400.
Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet is a cheaper, smaller tablet designed around the experience of multimedia consumption above all else. But that doesn't mean we can't match it up against the most popular tablets currently making news. Here's how it fares.
Amazon's new Kindle Touch is $99, with the Kindle Fire tablet costing an equally preposterous $200. The $99 price point is for the Special Offers version, though, so if you need a totally ad-free reader, the no-ads version will run you $139.
This is incredible. The new Amazon Kindle Fire will cost only $199! This is a killer price for a color tablet. Even while it doesn't match the iPad's features, there's going to be some fierce competition this year.
Ryan Block at gdgt has word via his sources that the Amazon Kindle Fire—the device that can truly go toe-to-toe with the iPad—isn't the tablet they're putting their faith in. The real new hotness will be the second-gen Fire. And it's coming soon.
After TechCrunch's MG Siegler gave his initial glowing impressions of Amazon's heretofore-unnamed tablet, we were understandably excited. A true iPad competitor. Now, with Amazon's unveil just days away, new details have started trickling out. Including a new name: the Kindle Fire.