Kindle Fire -the future?

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  1. grober

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    Is this the end of of the iPad monopoly? The Kindle Fire announced by Amazon today? Amazon Kindle Fire impressions (video) -- Engadget
    At £128 its a lot cheaper than its Apple counterpart but is it too limited?
     
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    I think it may be a tad too small to catch on, but the price is certainly attractive.

    As an alternative to E-ink display for book reading, this will have a great IPS screen for glossy magazine browsing.
     
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    However good it may be, it's the present. The future lies with ePaper, whenever they get round to making that viable.
     
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    I assume you mean colour e-paper, as at 80 quid the new Kindle Touch is the best greyscale eBook reader out there.
     
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    Yet more worthless junk that none of us actually needs.

    Made in prison like mega factories (420,000 employees in *1* factory), where people earn $27 a month knocking out things with no real value or use.
     
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    I've got the original Kindle and is the once piece of tech that really works well for me.

    Downloads books in seconds, easy to read the content - no screen glare, lightweight, correct size, battery life over a month and I never run out of content halfway through a train ride.

    Downsides, yes you miss the look and feel of a book & cover, oh and not so good for smashing in the face of your fellow commuters unlike Stephen King's book the Dome.
     
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    Colour or monochrome - but proper (ie: foldable) ePaper, with neglgible energy consumption. Once it's been perfected, it will make today's tablets seem prehistoric.
     
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    Currently the monochrome e-ink devices have weeks of battery use, folding is another matter entirely though.
     
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    These gadgets can be really useful communications tools for those who have suffered brain damage due to strokes or head injuries.
     
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    Been thinking of getting something for the kids to stop them pestering me for my phone. This looks like it should fit the bill.
     
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    I've just been away for 10 days holiday. In that time, I've read 8 books.

    In paperback, they would have cost me a fortune in excess baggage. On my kindle, they fitted, together with a hundred or so more, in the back pocket of my jeans.

    With the 3G "whispernet", I could even browse and buy books from my stool at the bar of the cruise ship, while we were docked in Casablanca.

    The e-ink screen was perfectly clear even in direct sunlight, and as the light faded, I could enlarge the text size to avoid straining my eyes.

    IMHO, the Kindle is the best gadget for years.




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    Not £128 but $199 which will convert to £199. For that money I think it looks expensive when it doesn't have a webcam or microphone and no Android Market either. At the moment you can get a similar spec tablet with the above for £150.

    David
     
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    Its affordable and I guess is somewhere bewteen the kindle and ipad (or similar)

    Yes a larger screen would be nice, but so far the reviews and clips I have seen look good.

    Price point is great, just over a tank of fuel for a gadget. Your right maybe no one needs its but if we all thought that we would not have progressed from a fred flinstone car... all these gadgets are great in my book. more more more.

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    How will that work in the bog then?

    Is this Andrex doomed I wonder?
     
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    Andrex was doomed from the point where they started advertising with virtual puppies. :rolleyes:
     
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