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Watch out iPad: Even indirect Fire can cook Apples

Watch out iPad: Even indirect Fire can cook Apples

Analysts and pundits are queuing up to point out the Kindle Fire's shortcomings, and how Amazon's entrant to the tablet market is "not a true iPad competitor." Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster went so far as to estimate Amazon was swallowing fifty bucks loss on each Kindle Fire sold, crossing its fingers that multimedia sales would make up for it, and highlighted the slate's lacking storage, absent cameras and non-existent 3G option. The idea, it seems, is that because Amazon hasn't photocopied Apple's strategy - or, indeed, followed Android tablet manufacturers in trying to compete on specifications alone - and since the Kindle Fire's price is thus less than half that of the iPad, they "target different segments" and the iPad is in the clear. That seems pretty short-sighted.

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10-inch Kindle Fire production by holiday season tip insiders

10-inch Kindle Fire production by holiday season tip insiders

Amazon's 10.1-inch Kindle Fire tablet is expected to hit production before the end of the year, with shipments potentially in time for the 2011 holiday sales season, according to the latest rumors. Although the larger Kindle tablet was initially tipped for release in early 2012, DigiTimes' sources reckon Amazon is pushing ahead with a more aggressive timescale for the Foxconn-produced 10-incher.

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Kindle Fire already Amazon top seller

Kindle Fire already Amazon top seller

It appears that Amazon may have a hit on their hands right out of the starting gate here as their pre-orders list now points toward the Kindle Fire being an instant best-seller. Amazon reports that their top-selling item at this very moment, and for the second day in a row, is indeed the Kindle Fire, a $199 Android-based unique-functioning tablet that's not even out in stores for sale yet. We've got all the coverage you could possible desire on this tablet as it was formally announced this week - meanwhile sit back, click around, and ask yourself why you've not ordered the thing for yourself yet.

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Amazon Kindle Fire Q and A for greater detail

Amazon Kindle Fire Q and A for greater detail

In addition to the basic details spoken on the circuit this week for the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, questions had to be asked of those that had the details (and we're not just talking clarification here) for bits and pieces that only the "early adopter" crowd might be truly needing to know. That's where pressing the PR representatives comes in, and that's where we've got to do some additional analysis. In what some may have dismissed as their B-roll of film, there's the Q and A session, and here we've got some additional answers for those of you wishing to know specifics on the next big Android-based tablet experience from Amazon.

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Kindle Fire IPS display vs Kindle Touch E-Ink [Video]

Kindle Fire IPS display vs Kindle Touch E-Ink [Video]

While we won't get too crazy here we do have a few photos and video comparing the display on both the Kindle Fire and the Kindle Touch 3G. With the Kindle Fire we have a 7" IPS panel with a 1024 x 600 resolution that features great colors and exceptional viewing angles. The Kindle Touch features the popular e-ink technology we have seen before and as always it looks great for e-ink. We'll let you decide for yourself so check out the photos and video after the break.

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Amazon Kindle 2011 Wrap-Up

Amazon Kindle 2011 Wrap-Up

Amazon's Kindle event today brought not one but four new models, along with some quiet rebranding and even a new browser. Heady stuff, then, and plenty to get your head around, especially if all you want to do is some casual reading. We've pulled together all of this morning's Amazon news to get you up to speed, so click on for the the ereader goodness.

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Kindle (2011) hands-on

Kindle (2011) hands-on

The entry-level Amazon Kindle has price going for it, especially if you don't mind adverts, with a $79 sticker for the WiFi-only ereader. On the flip side, without the touchscreen of its more expensive Kindle Touch siblings, and missing the QWERTY keyboard of its predecessors, it's possible Amazon has slimmed things down a little too much. Read on for our first impressions.

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Amazon quotes Kindles with Special Offers pricing, prompts International ire

Amazon quotes Kindles with Special Offers pricing, prompts International ire

Amazon has quietly pushed its Special Offers across the new Kindle range, with prices quoted by CEO Jeff Bezos for all the new models taking into account the ad-supported discounting. Without Special Offers, pricing on the entry-level Kindle Touch jumps by $40, in fact. However, the focus on Special Offers has inadvertently led to frustration, as international customers find pricing for versions of the new Kindles outside the US is considerably higher than Bezos suggested.

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Amazon Kindle Fire eyes-on [Video]

Amazon Kindle Fire eyes-on [Video]

Amazon has made the Kindle Fire official, and we've just grabbed some up-close time with the new touchscreen tablet at the retailer's launch event. Already up for pre-order and shipping November 15, the Kindle Fire is based on Android but hides its roots well, with Amazon more interested in pushing its multimedia credentials, super-fast surfing the with new Silk browser, and ereading of course. Check out more hands-on details after the cut.

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