Preliminary information - a lot of it, on product pages for these new Kindles (links below)
Videos are at the pages along with the usual voluminous information.
ALL prices are, first, with "screensavers" (meaning "Special Offers")
(Amazon's front page omits 3G touch Kindle 4.)
NOTE: An added $30 to $30 gets a Kindle with No Special Offers or ads on screensavers. But as someone mentioned, one special offer was $200 off even Mac laptops at Amazon. See the product pages.
THE NEW KINDLES
Kindle 4 NoTouch
NO touchscreen, no audio - Controller at bottom -- $79 w/screen-offers, $109 w/o (Shipping now)
CAUTION To do searches or to type anything, you'll need to click through an onscreen keyboard and select each letter. No $20 saving can be worth that kind of pain, BUT it is smaller and lighter, so those wanting only passive reading and lightest pocketable mode might go for this.
Kindle 4 Touch, WiFi
Touchscreen, WiFi, audio, etc. -- $99 w/screen-offers, $139 w/o
Kindle 4 Touch, 3G/WiFi
Touchscreen, 3G, Wifi, audio, etc. -- $149 with w/screen offers, $189 w/o
An amazing assortment of unusual features that are sped up by Amazon's Cloud feature.
MULTI-touch despite early reports from TechCrunch - $199 Period :-)
The all new web browser, why is it so much faster?
From the the About Amazon Silk webpage with video (definitely for tech-heads), here's the opening paragraph:
' As you’ll see in the video below, Silk isn’t just another browser. We sought from the start to tap into the power and capabilities of the AWS infrastructure to overcome the limitations of typical mobile browsers.
Instead of a device-siloed software application, Amazon Silk deploys a split-architecture. All of the browser subsystems are present on your Kindle Fire as well as on the AWS cloud computing platform.
Each time you load a web page, Silk makes a dynamic decision about which of these subsystems will run locally and which will execute remotely.
In short, Amazon Silk extends the boundaries of the browser, coupling the capabilities and interactivity of your local device with the massive computing power, memory, and network connectivity of our cloud.'
EXCELLENT Gizmodo article on Amazon Silk browser. And, as they did often in the live blogging, they use the word "awesome" again.
From live event today - tweeted sporadically. Use 2nd link for better reading -- Just a few thoughts that stood out while watching the feeds. Not really worth clicking on these.
Sorry for the link mixups earlier today.
The second one has the images from Gizmodo during the event, as they were doing them.
These are just notes I made to the page at the time, while reading & tweeting:
$149-$199 Kindle Fire with fast web browsing because the Cloud caches portions of it for you. Switch from your Kindle Fire to your TV and back.
Comments at Gizmodo tended to be about how awesomely fast and capable it was. The entire contents of Amazon digital are available to the Kindle Fire (didn't say which portions of it were for x number of $)
Kindle Fire delivered Nov. 15
The Kindle-Touch models, November 21
Basic Kindle No-Touch/No-Keyboard ready now
All are availble for pre-order
Prices with special offers as quoted during live event
Amazon Kindle $149 - FREE 3G (and WiFi) with touchscreen (W/o special offers, $189)
Kindle $99 - Touchscreen with WiFi - (W/o Special Offers, $139)
See That Kuo! to see just how accurate his report against the trends was the day before.
Kuo was the only one to say Touchscreen Kindles were being announced
Details in his tables are still of interest.
He also had said the Kindle Fire would be $199, more likely, than $250-$300.
Glad it has a dual-core processor rather than the single-chip mentioned earlier.
It's also great that they didn't just call this "The Kindle" -- that seems reserved for the wee $79 one that has no touchscreen and no keyboard, and is meant for passive-reading most, although you can use an onscreen table to 'select' your alpha characters (Ouch!)
See Amazon's page
and their short video on it there, to learn more about how new Fire browser, Amazon Silk, works using "raw computational horsepower of Amazon EC2 Below are ways to Share this post if you'd like others to see it.
-- The Send to Kindle button works well only on Firefox currently.
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