Everyone has been anxiously awaiting a look at Amazon's new digital devices and at yesterday's press conference Jeff Bezos did not disappoint. At the Product Reveal event, new and improved Kindles were proudly shown off by the company’s founder and CEO. We know that everyone is eager to hear about the new Kindle Fire HDs, but since there are so many changes in Kindle products in the works, we've decided to do a quick run through of all of the exciting announcements.
First, we'll start with an oldie-but-goodie. The price for Amazon's most basic Kindle, which is without a physical keyboard and has WiFi capabilities, is now a mere $69. (This is with ads displayed. If you want an ad-free Kindle, $20 is tacked on to the price tag). This means that even your cheapest great aunt no longer has an excuse to avoid the digital revolution! And even though this 4th generation Kindle is cheaper than the last, there have been some great upgrades including faster page turns and crisper text. So if you are looking to do nothing more on your e-reader than, you know, read, this device is ideal.
Next up is the Kindle Fire. The new version has gone on sale for $159, but it still has all of the bells and whistles of the original Fire, which allows you to not only read on the device but also stream movies, TV shows, songs and audiobooks. Plus, there have been some upgrades to this device as well — twice the RAM, 40% faster performance and a longer battery life. The new Fires will ship on September 14, but are available for pre-order now.
Now for a new product — the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. (Okay, okay we know that ‘paperwhite’ is #1 not a word and #2 not as flashy as, say, “fire”, but bear with us because this device is AWESOME). Weighing in at an unbelievable 7.5 ounces, with a built in glow light, touchscreen and an eight-week battery life, do we really have to sell you on the Paperwhite? You want more? How about this, on the 3G model (selling for $179) there is free 3G with no contract. You read that right. Go online and download to your heart's content — for free. There is also a WiFi model, which is priced at $119. Both devices are shipping October 1 and are currently available for pre-order.
Drum roll please! The biggest news that Bezos announced during the Amazon product reveal was the Kindle Fire HD. With several models at varying price points, we imagine a lot of long-term Kindle lovers as well as some newcomers will be jumping on these new tablets. These devices, which come in 7” and 8.9” versions for $199 and $299, respectively, are geared more towards the ‘all in one’ shopper looking to read on their tablet as well as view video and use a variety Internet apps. The near glare-free screens have an amazing 1280 x 800 HD display and also included is a Dolby audio and dual driver stereo. With a dual-band, dual-antenna WiFi, the Kindle Fire HD has 40% faster streaming and downloads compared to the iPad 3. There is an additional Fire HD priced at $499 which has 4G wireless capabilities and an 8.9" screen. All of these HD devices are expected to ship the end of November and can be pre-ordered now.
Interested in upgrading your Kindle? Or maybe you are purchasing a tablet for the first time. We would love to hear from you which device you’ve got your eye on. Let us know in the comments below! And for more digital news, make sure to check out our Everything E-books page.