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Wednesday, November 9, 2011



Why would it sell out?

5 reasons :

1. Eye-popping affordability.

At $199, the Kindle Fire sells for less than half the price of the iPad, which starts at $500. So for every entry-level iPad bought and sold, you could buy two and a half Fires. That alone is turning heads, especially since the previously released and uninspired iPad clones have tried to charge as much as Apple for a much less desired product.

Then, you could enter my contest and win one for next to nothing!

2. A lot more content. Content is king. And iPad may be king of the apps, but Kindle Fire bests it considerably by volume of content. The Fire will have immediate access to the 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books already available on Amazon’s easy-to-browse virtual shelves.

Apple doesn't cite how many TV shows or songs are available, but the number appears to be far less in anecdotal searches.

Want to rent instead of buy? There’s an app ... er, a solution for that, too: 10,000 movies and TV shows can be streamed instantly. Those numbers are huge, and growing every day.

3. Free storage. If you want to take all your content with you, the entry-level iPad and its puny 16 gig storage drive leaves a lot to be desired. You can buy more, but it’ll cost you. Which is why the Fire’s sales pitch -- free cloud storage for all your Amazon content -- is so enticing, especially since Amazon is already the no. 1 digital bookstore, the no. 2 mp3 store (behind Apple), and high on the list in other categories.

For content you don't buy from Amazon, there are about 6 gigs of free space on the Fire to do with as you please.

4. Democratized apps. One of the biggest knocks on the Apple AppStore is that it’s a closed system—if Apple doesn’t like your stuff, no app for you. One of the biggest knocks on the Google Android software powering nearly every other tablet out there is that it's too open—you’re required to sift through a lot of junk to get to the goods.

The Kindle Fire hopes to bridge that gap with the Amazon Appstore, which remains open like Android, but only makes available the very best and most popular apps from the open market. The result: More free apps without the hassle, the best of both worlds approach.

5. Easier to hold. The 10-inch iPad is a lot of fun, but hard to handle with one hand due to its weight and size. The 6-inch Kindle reader, on the other hand, is a lot easier to hold. With only one hand, you can hold it for several hours without fatigue. The new 7-inch Kindle Fire promises the same: capable of being held with one hand, lighter than the iPad, and a lot more portable.

All of those pros don’t come without sacrifices, however. The Fire’s screen is 3” smaller than the iPad, which might not make it as ideal a device for watching movies or playing HD games (that’s to be seen, though). Furthermore, the Fire lacks a lens and microphone, so it won’t be able to snap photos, shoot video, or accept video calls.

But for $300 less, those are things I bet a lot of people can live without.

The Kindle Fire goes on sale Nov. 15 for $199. Or you could enter my contest now!


  1. I don't know how I missed this, but I didn't even know about the Kindle Fire. Poor me. Looks very interesting, but I wonder if the iPad still has more versatility, since you can use it for writing and a multitude of other things. I definitely need to check this out.

  2. Although I am sure the Kindle Fire is a good device, I am one of those who like to read real books. I hope you'll enjoy yours.

  3. If someone were to give me a Kindle Fire, I wouldn't turn it away. However, I'm with E.D. and love the pages in my hand. I've been known to walk into used bookstores just to smell the musty old pages.

  4. Isis :
    What the Ipad doesn't have is flash and access to all the Amazon products. The books are cheaper thru Amazon as well. You can buy 2 and a half Kindle Fires for what you spend on one iPad!

    I have five bookcases filled with real books. But I can carry my entire library in one small devise - and with me living in hurricane country and working as a rare blood courier-- that is HUGELY CONVENIENT! Thanks for visiting and staying to chat. Yours is a lovely blog, Roland

    Joshua :
    I thought like you until I bought a Kindle. I now have 315 books, fiction, non-fiction, pleasure and research stored on it that I can read wherever I am! Thanks for dropping by and staying to talk awhile, Roland

  5. Thanks for teaching me the difference. I appreciate learning about new technology and hope someday to read some e-stories. Until then, I'll stick to the old version called books.

  6. You can download for free the app from Amazon, KINDLE FOR PC. That is how you can read my novels on your computer. Have a great mid-week, Roland