Many had hoped that the Internet retailer would take the wraps off a much-anticipated tablet PC to challenge the iPad (which it did), but the company also unveiled three new e-ink e-readers. The new Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi will sell for $99; its 3G version will sell for $149. A cheaper and smaller non-touch Kindle will sell for $79. Amazon Kindle Touch 3G vs. Kindle Touch vs. Kindle (2011)
Well, well, well. The Barnes & Noble Nook Color, already a steal when it was selling for $179 and then $169, has dipped even further.
Today only, and while supplies last, DailySteals has the refurbished Nook Color for $149.99 shipped. That's officially the lowest price I've seen, and a really hard bargain to pass up.
Update: If you missed out on the deal, fret not: Buy.com also has the Nook Color for $149 shipped, and the deal runs through Oct. 9 (or until supplies run out).
I have nothing but praise for the refurbished … Read more
Amazon may have Palm on its shopping list.
The retail giant is said to be in "serious negotiations" to acquire what's left of Palm from current parent Hewlett-Packard, according to VentureBeat.
Citing a "well-placed source," VentureBeat says that HP is eager to get rid of Palm, and among the current suitors, Amazon is the closest to cutting a deal. The tech news site also notes a connection between the companies as former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein, who currently has a role at HP working with WebOS, joined Amazon's board of directors last year.
VentureBeat also pointed to a July interview with Rubinstein at This is My Next in which he discussed Amazon as a potential partner.
"I would say Amazon would certainly make a great partner, because they have a lot of characteristics that would help them expand the WebOS ecosystem," Rubinstein said. "As to whether there's been discussions or not...that's obviously not something I'm going to comment about."
HP's WebOS chief Stephen DeWitt also played up his praise of the retail giant in the interview.… Read more
Samsung has made the somewhat surprising decision to unveil yet another tablet to bolster its line.
Dubbed the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)-based tablet comes with a 7-inch display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor. In addition to 802.11n wireless support, owners will also be able to connect to HSPA+ networks from the device. On the storage side, customers will be able to choose from 16GB and 32GB variants, and a microSD slot offers the ability to add up to 32GB of additional storage to the tablet.
Samsung's decision to announce a new 7-inch Galaxy Tab comes as a bit of a surprise, since the company already has a 7-inch tablet that it launched last year. Earlier this month, the company showed off a 7.7-inch tablet, alongside an 8.9-inch option. Samsung also sells a 10.1-inch tablet. Considering it had nearly all form factors covered, who'd have thought that Samsung would need a fourth option to offer customers?… Read more
Amazon just launched three new Kindles, and clearly the color tablet model, the Fire, is a shot straight at the heart of Apple and the iPad. (And, by the way, it's maybe the first really good Android tablet.)
But for all the great things about the Fire, including the low price, it's important to remember that Amazon is not a hardware company. A question from our editor got me to realize this. He said, "How is it that Amazon has gone from an e-commerce site to a hardware maker ready to take on Apple?"
Because, Jim, Amazon doesn't try to make a 40 percent profit on each tablet sold. From the digital perspective, Amazon is a media company. From a broader perspective it's a marketplace (it takes in more money reselling electronics and other hard goods than it does selling content products). The Kindle line supports these businesses.
That's not saying that the Kindle products are not beautifully designed or even technologically advanced. The combination of e-ink plus the built-in 3G network put the initial Kindle in an important new class of hardware; the Fire looks like a really smart private-label Android machine.… Read more
After months of rumors and speculation, the Amazon Fire is now a reality. Making its official debut yesterday, the 7-inch tablet ultimately ended up looking more like the Nook Color than the iPad, with very little hints of Android.
In fact, aside from the multitasking, Web browser, and Amazon Appstore, most users will be hard-pressed to identify the Android 2.3 platform under the hood. Taking this into consideration, I began to wonder how this will affect the sales of the Kindle Fire. Are Android fans going to buy this in hopes of getting a lower cost tablet experience or … Read more
It probably won't surprise you to know that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 ($469, 16GB) feels a whole lot like a smaller version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Scratch that--it feels exactly like a smaller Tab 10.1.
Still, it took a while for me to really accept the fact that Samsung went to all the trouble of making this ever-so-slightly smaller, just-slightly cheaper tablet, and neglected to throw in a single extra bell or whistle to help it stand out from the rest of the company's products.
I honestly can't understand why anyone wouldn'… Read more
In the past, adding pictures to Flickr from your phone meant using third-party apps that integrated into the Android gallery or could cross-post to your Flickr account. Now there's (finally) an official app from Yahoo! for its Flickr photo sharing service. It's still obvious that the app is brand-new, given the appearance of some bugs, but it is a good step in the right direction. Here's how to get started using it:
commentary While the Kindle Fire's dramatically low price may seem revolutionary, Amazon is actually taking its cues from a well-worn playbook.
But before you sing Amazon's praises for breaking new ground, you should realize that undercutting the competition to drive adoption is far from a new strategy. In reality, Amazon and the Kindle Fire is only the latest example of a company … Read more
The long-standing rumors that Amazon.com would release a tablet are rumors no more--at an event yesterday in New York City, Amazon founder CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Kindle Fire.
He told us things we'd been expecting for a while: The Fire is a 7-inch tablet that uses Amazon's own variant of Android, and it's deeply integrated with the company's services for buying books, magazines, movies, music, and apps. And he revealed some stuff that people hadn't been anticipating, such as a surprisingly low price ($199) and the use of a new browser-turbocharging … Read more