While driving home from work I heard that Amazon released a new tablet, the Kindle Fire. According to the talking head, the tablet doesn’t do as much as the iPad, but it’s a fraction of the price—$199. I couldn’t wait to get home and see what this was all about.
I sure was surprised to see that not only the long-awaited tablet, the Kindle Fire, was announced (reserve yours for November 15th), but also a new Kindle (available now) and Kindle Touch (available November 21st). I think what caught my eye more than anything was that the new Kindle is only $79! I was lucky enough to be working in the publishing industry and get a very snazzy discount on my second generation Kindle, but it was still nearly $200. I’ve been dancing around the idea of getting a new Kindle, but there really isn’t a real reason. I mean, mine works great, it does everything I want it to do…it’s just that the new ones are slightly smaller, lighter, and they are new! Man, sometimes I am such a consumer-whore…but then again…it’s only $79…
My Kindle dilemma aside…I’m not super thrilled for the Kindle Fire announcement since I have an iPad, and—like my Kindle—it does everything I want it to do. If I didn’t have a tablet already, I think I’d be much more into it. My husband made a great point that the Kindle Fire is basically a super-duper tool for shopping on Amazon. He followed the statement up with, “What do you mostly use the iPad for?” I instantly responded, “Buying shit on Amazon and looking up that guy who was in that movie with Kevin Bacon.” Having a tablet in your living room is a terrible/awesome thing. When I see an commercial for something I want, I can look it up, double-check the finances, then purchase the item from Amazon—with their Prime shipping, I’ll have my purchase in two days. That’s got to be why the price is so low. Amazon could probably give this tablet away, and still make a boatload of money just from the www.amazon.com purchases!
Anyone out there going to order one of these new toys? If so, let me know what you think about the Amazon Silk web browser…it sounds so sexy!