Battle of the Tablets
Just when you thought we were all done for the winter with those showy announcement events, the hard launches are now starting to hit the stores. Adding to the imminent arrival of Apple's LTE iPad mini, we have Amazon that has announced the availability of its larger-screen 8.9" Kindle Fire HD tablet.
Aimed more at those more into movies and TV viewing, it is a bit smaller than the current iPad which boasts a 9.7-inch IPS LED display packing in a 2048x1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch. So, the iPad has more pixels, but will anyone really notice, especially as the Kindle Fire HD is $200 less than the current iPad at $299. An LTE version will be available for $499.
All About Content
Boasting additional features like X-Ray for Movies, users can out about the actors they're watching as the film rolls, via IMDB data with similar services for textbooks, plus Immersion Reading, Whispersync for Voice and Games to keep things updated. Kindle FreeTime is a free, personalized tablet experience for kids, allowing parents to set daily screen limits and give access to appropriate content.
With all Amazon's huge archive of digital content behind it, expect the new tablet to be a big hit and this season. Will Amazon follow that up with a smartphone to enter the mobile battle, we'll see in 2013.