Amazon’s Fire Tablet Is Real
If you have been searching for that perfect tablet and the available options aren’t just doing it for you, the Amazon Fire tablet is here to save the day. It’s hard to say exactly when the Amazon tablet rumors started, but about a year ago the company launched its Android based app store and shortly after that the cat was out of the bag. According to the rumors the company was slated to push out tablets, smart phones and even set-top boxes. Welcome to that reality, or at least a part of it. The Amazon Fire is the secret tablet the company has been working on and today it has become official.
The Amazon Fire tablet is the companies’ first official tablet and it brings a whole new option to the slate market as it was rumored to. But should competitors be shaking in their boots? Well maybe, but let’s take a look at what Amazon is offering up. At first glance the Fire tablet will remind most of the Blackberry Playbook, noticeable differences which likely translate into the huge price difference would be the Fire lacks a built in microphone and cameras. The Fire will start at $199 bucks and makes it quite possibly the most affordable ‘worth it’ tablet on the market. The new tab starts with a 7 inch Gorilla Glass screen with a 1024×600 pixel resolution and while it may be hard to tell the power of Android OS. It seems that Amazon has taken the ‘skinning’ process to the next level as traces of Android are sure hard to spot on this new tablet. Internally the Fire also sports some power. It comes ready to run with a dual core 1GHz TI OMAP processor, 8GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM. The Amazon Fire will also come fully equipped with access to a Fire based Android app store, which is not Google’s app store per-say and a free 30 day trial to Amazon Prime. With an array of compatible applications users can also expect access to magazines as well as Kindle books. When downloading this content the user will never need to worry as it will be saved to Amazon’s Cloud. It also comes ready with Whispersync and Amazon’s new cloud based Silk web browser. Whispersync will allow users to, oh so quietly sync content from their Fire to say their TV. Silk is the tablets built in web browser and uses the power of super intuitive algorithms and the Amazon cloud to predict where you will likely browse to next, in essence bringing super fast loading times.
With the massive amounts of content that can be found and downloaded from Amazon you can expect this newly announced Fire to be a force of reckoned with. From books, to music, to magazines, to games to web browsing an amazing price point and a bit of multitasking baked in it seems that iTunes and the iOS factory will indeed have a competitor. It’s all about the ecosystem and Amazon has the content to compete. Let’s see where this goes. Check out its first TV Commercial below. As a reminder the Fire is up for pre-order now and will be made readily available on the 15th of November.
Let us know what you think of the new Amazon Fire. Is it the tablet you have been dreaming of? If it’s to small remember that the 10 inch Fire has already hit the rumor mill. So sound off and let us know how you think the Amazon Fire will fair. But before you go, you should check out our Android accessories, really…you should.Amazon, e-reader, tablet, e-books, Amazon Fire