Thu 9/06/12 #
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They have a 4G LTE version of the 8.9" Kindle HD. For $49.99 a year, you get 250mb a month of data. That's not bad, you wouldn't be downloading movies on the go, but it'd be great for twitter, facebook and email as well as most apps and books. Of course, the $499 pricepoint for this unit puts you into iPad territory, and you'd probably be better off getting one of those and just hunting for a wi-fi hotspot or something. Still, if that 4G plan pricepoints can trickle to other devices soon, all sorts of interesting possibilities open up.
$299 for the Kindle HD 8.9" is a bit too steep though, seems unlikely it will compete well against an iPad Mini at that price.
Larger 8.9" Kindle Fire looks pretty cool. It has dual Wi-fi Antennas, which sounds useful. 254ppi resolution which is fantastic. Claiming 41% faster than the iPad 3's wi-fi.
Audio book and kindle book syncing. Follow the bouncing ball (highlighted passage) as the book is read to you. I wouldn't use this, but it'd be neat for kids. X-ray in videos, let's you tap an actor and get their IMDB page.
Set time-limits for kids, a little authoritarian for my tastes, but for the parent who wants to control their child electronically, I'm sure it will be popular.
I spoke too soon. They are keeping a low end Kindle, priced at $69. That's excellent. Pretty much no excuse for someone not to buy an ereader now.
New Paperwhite Kindle. Nice improvements, but nothing revolutionary, worth upgrading my eink reader. Honestly it almost has too many features. I would have hoped the category would continue to get simpler and cheaper so that you'd start seeing the devices lying around like clipboards of sorts.
Haven't got to the storage unit yet, but am watching the Amazon event live stream now.
Just loaded up the bread machine, Fresh bread for dinner tonight. Going to grab a quick sandwich for lunch and then going to work on some organization stuff (moving over some things from the storage unit. Amazon Keynote in an hour, will probably peek at that too.
9/6/12 - 12:27pm