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Amazon’s new Fire heats up tablet race

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) unveiled the Kindle Fire on Wednesday, a 7-inch tablet that The Wall Street Journal says could be Apple’s “biggest” challenger to the almighty iPad.  Kindle, Kindle Touch 3G and Kindle Fire; courtesy of Amazon Press RoomMuch like iPad’s Android competitors, the Kindle Fire’s price is sure to compel consumers to give it a second look: It’s priced at an attractive $199; the cheapest iPad2 is $499.

The Kindle Fire was just part of Amazon’s growing Kindle family: Also announced were a lighter, cheaper Kindle ($79), the Kindle Touch ($99) and the Kindle Touch 3G ($149). Read the full news release about the Kindle family here.

The Amazon Kindle Fire at a glance:

  • Weight: 14.6 ounces (413 grams)
  • Size: 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm)
  • 1024 x 600P resolution at 169PPI
  • 8GB on-board memory
  • Battery Life: Up to 8 hours of reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off.
  • Full charge in approx. 4 hours
  • Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
  • Audio: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard
  • USB 2.0 port (micro-B connector)
  • Warranty and service: 1 year limited
  • Supported formats: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8

EARLIER: Acer Iconia A500: A honey-sweet alternative to iPad? ~J’s Pages, May 26

EARLIER: A honey-sweet alternative to the Xoom? ~ J’s Pages, April 9


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Acer Iconia A500: A honey-sweet alternative to iPad?

Acer Iconia Tab A500The Wall Street Journal says Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 is “compelling competition to Apple’s dominant iPad in one crucial area: price.”

At the time of this writing, the Wi-Fi-only A500 was priced at $449.

Full article is here.

The Iconia Tab A500 at a glance:

  • Weight: 1.7 lbs.
  • Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • 1.0GHz processing speed
  • 1GB DDR2 memory
  • 16GB eMMC on-board memory
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 5MP rear camera
  • HDMI
  • Supports microSD up to 32GB
  • High-speed USB 2.0 port

EARLIER: A honey-sweet alternative to the Xoom? ~ J’s Pages, April 9


A honey-sweet alternative to the Xoom?

Acer Iconia Tab A500Acer announced the April 24 release of its 10-inch Honeycomb tablet, the Iconia Tab A500, priced at a-not-unreasonable $450. With nearly identical hardware specs and $150 cheaper than the pricey Motorola Xoom’s, ZDNet is hailing the A500 as “Xoom Light.” The bad news? It has half the flash storage. Still, not a bad deal if you want to test drive Honeycomb and don’t want to sell your soul to do it.

You can preorder the A500 at Best Buy.

The Iconia Tab A500 at a glance:

  • Weight: 1.7 lbs.
  • Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • 1.0GHz processing speed
  • 1GB DDR2 memory
  • 16GB eMMC on-board memory
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 5MP rear camera
  • HDMI
  • Supports microSD up to 32GB
  • High-speed USB 2.0 port


HTC and Acer sweet on Honeycomb

Source: Amazon.co.uk

Gigaom is reporting Acer’s Iconia A100, a 7-inch Google Android Honeycomb tablet, has appeared on the UK’s Amazon site for pre-order ahead of its April 20 release date and is priced at around $485 (US dollars), a bit less the Motorola Xoom, which begins at around $600.

The Iconia A100 at a glance:

  • 512MB RAM (not KB as on the site)
  • 8GB hard drive
  • NVIDIA Tegra 250, 1GHz Dual-Core processor
  • 1024 x 600 screen resolution
  • 5MP auto-focus camera
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • Dolby mobile sound enhancement
  • 3.5mm audio jack

Meanwhile, HTC tweeted Friday that they’ll be offering Honeycomb upgrades for its HTC Flyer when it’s made available.

Source: HTC press room

The HTC Flyer at a glance:

  • 1.5GHz single-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB flash storage (expandable via microSD card)
  • aluminium unibody construction
  • 7-inch display
  • 1024 x 600 screen resolution
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera


Yahoo News on USA TODAY’s revised strategy

Yahoo News looks at some of USA TODAY’s recent efforts to reinvent itself in as a digital destination, which includes a rollout of mobile applications for devices such as the Apple iPad and the new Motorola Xoom, which is powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

From the story:

USA Today’s applications for mobile devices have been downloaded more than 6 million times, including 1.25 million designed for Apple Inc.’s hot-selling iPad. Mobile applications of The New York Times, another national newspaper that’s trying to gain more readers and make more money on the Web, have been downloaded more than 9 million times.


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Motorola Xoom, Android 3.0 can get Flash today

Here’s a little bit of Xoom news from my inbox.

Eweek.com reminds Motorola Xoom adopters can get Flash today as a beta on the Android Market, and CNET is offering its first impressions.

Meanwhile, the folks at Android Community is reporting the Xoom is available for pre-order at Staples and at Costco. Droid Life also notes that Amazon is taking orders, too.

Looking for specs for the WiFi-only Xoom? Click here.

UPDATE 3-21-2011: Business Insider says Flash for Xoom is “lame,” and ZDNet offers a hands-on review of SwiftKey for Tablets, the keyboard app for Honeycomb.


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Motorola to release Wi-Fi-only Xoom March 27 for $599

Motorola (NYSE: MMI) announced today the release of the WiFi-only Motorola Xoom in U.S. retail stores March 27!

The MSRP for the WiFi model with 32GB of memory is listed at $599 — which means I have to get another freelance job. Now!

Here are the specs for the Sexy Beast from the fact sheet:

  • Runs Honeycomb (obviously)
  • Dual-core 1 GHz processor
  • 10.1-inch, 1280×800 resolution display
  • Battery yields up to 10 hours of video playback
  • Connectivity — 3.5mm, micro USB 2.0 HS, Corporate Sync, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID
  • Network – 802.11n b/g/n
  • Messaging and Web apps include Email (Corporate Sync, Google Mail, POP3/IMAP embedded), WebKit w/ Flash
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera with dual LED flash/2MP front-facing webcam
  • Video – HD capture/playback/streaming, H.263, H.264, MPEG4
  • 32GB on-board user memory, microSD card support after future software update, 1GB DDR2 RAM

The Motorola Xoom WiFi Edition (per press release) will be available at brick-and-mortars Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, select Sam’s Club locations, Staples and Walmart, as well as their online stores and through Amazon.com

UPDATE 3-18-2011: Information for Flash beta and the WiFi-only preorders is here.