Amazon Kindle Fire A Tablet Or Media Reader?

Posted: Sep 28 2011, 7:52am CDT | by , in News | Tablets

 
Amazon Kindle Fire a Tablet or Media Reader?

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How much functionality has Amazon cut away from its Tablet to make the $250 Price Point? We will find out today.

The Amazon Tablet is supposed to be unveiled today at a press event at 10am in New York. Amazon is expected to unveil a 7-inch tablet at a killer $250 price point. In the last days several rumors appeared that draw a picture that is actually in my eyes not that pretty. Amazon has supposed taken the design of the RIM PlayBook as basis for the Kindle Fire Tablet. It might also be the case that the Kindle Fire tablet has no email client. If the Kindle tablet has no email than it is not a tablet in my eyes. It would be very weird though if it is missing. The Amazon Android Store with the Android Apps is present. So you can just pre-install an email client from a third party.

I guess it is more a question of how much has Amazon cut away on the hardware side. Rumors already said that there is no camera. So there is no video conferencing possibility on the Kindle Fire? The storage is also said to be just 6GB. Limiting flash storage is the easiest way to save cost. The iPad and most Android Tablets have at least 16GB storage. I do not think there will be 3G option on the first Amazon tablet either.

If the Kindle OS is well done and the device looks decent than you have got a great portable media consumption device. Maybe Amazon will surprise and actually subsidize the Kindle Fire like it does with the Kindle Special Offers. Hereby I promise, if the Amazon Tablet sells for under $200 I am buying as a second tablet for my household next to the iPad. Only exception: if the Kindle Fire is as ugly as the Kindle, I am not buying.

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