Amazon’s Kindle Fire basically launched the smaller tablets into what they are today. While there are now many other options available, Amazon still has some great products. Just yesterday they unveiled not one, not two, but a whopping 5 new Kindle devices. Three of these are part of the Kindle Fire lineup that we’re all familiar with, and the other two are Kindle E-Readers. First, lets start with the Kindle Fire.
The Kindle Fire HD is the first we’ll talk about. This device runs a 6″ inch, 720p display with a quad-core 1.5GHz CPU with a forked version of Android with Amazon’s heavy skin. The real story here is the price. Thanks to the lower specifications and the smaller size, this tablet starts at only $99. That’s impressive, at least to me. The device comes in 5 colors and will be available in 8GB and 16GB variants.
Next let’s talk about the slight upgrade to the Kindle Fire HD, the Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition. For me, this is the most impressive addition. This packs the same lackluster specifications sheet as the previous, yet comes in at a $50 premium. Why? This version is designed for kids. Let’s face it. Kids break stuff. A lot. This tablet comes in a very heavy casing, but on top of that comes with a two-year “worry free” warranty. What does that mean? If the tablet breaks, for any reason, Amazon will replace it with a brand new one free of charge, no questions asked, for 2 years after the initial purchase. That alone makes the device worth it for any parent.
We also have added to the library a new 8.9″ inch Kindle Fire HDX. This model packs a Snapdragon 805 processor, Quad-HD display, and an 8MP rear camera into a new super thin body. At $379 it could be considered a bit pricey, but for the right person, this will be an excellent tablet. If it were me personally, I’d be going for the NVIDIA Shield over this since it falls into a similar price range.
Lastly we have two new E-Readers. An updated Kindle, and an all new Kindle Voyage. At $79, the basic Kindle has been update to included some refreshed hardware and internals along with the addition of a touch screen. The Kindle Voyage however brings the best E-Reader experience $199 can buy. You get a new 300ppi display, adaptive display, a razor-thin design, and special sensors for turning pages.
All these devices are set to release in October and available for pre-order now. As you may have noticed, it’s the 6 inch Kindle that’s really impressing me. Do any entice you?