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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


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HTC Thunderbolt: $129 at Amazon

Verizon is offering new customers the HTC Thunderbolt for $129 on Amazon. The offer is good only for this weekend, expiring at midnight PT April 25.

Here’s the rub: A two-year contract is required. If you want just the phone, it’s a stout $669.

The HTC Thunderbolt at a glance:

  • Android 2.2 with HTC Sense
  • 768MB of RAM
  • single-core 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU
  • 8GB of built-in memory
  • 32GB preinstalled microSD card
  • 8MP camera
  • 4.3-inch screen


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One way to go

Amazon: You can't pee onlineAt right is a sign spotted days ago at a closed Borders in Chicago. There are a lot of fourth-grade-level bathroom jokes I could make, but I won’t. I will agree, though, the sign makes a good argument for the brick-and-mortar bookstores.

In other publishing news, Barnes & Noble is recruiting app developers for its Android-based NOOK Color Reader Tablet. For more information, check out the NOOK Developer blog or register as a developer.

This news comes on the heels of the late-March frenzy inspired the April update for NOOK.

The NOOK Color at a glance:

    Height: 8.1 inches
    Width: 5.0 inches
    Depth: 0.48 inches
    Weight: 15.8 ounces
    Price: $259

 
And that concludes my reporting on eBooks today because my portfolio needs polishing and I have an e-commerce project I need to wrap up.

Photo via e-reads and e-BookNewser.


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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


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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


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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.