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Amazon launches two new tablets, Kindle Fire at $159, and Kindle Fire HD with 1920 x 1200 8.9″ display


Important day today – Amazon announced three different devices:

1. A frontlit eReader called Kindle Paperwhite featuring a new and improved 25 percent more contrast, 212ppi with 62 percent more pixels, capacitive touchscreen and up to 8 weeks battery life with the light on

The prices for the eInk eReader will be $119 for the WiFi only model and $179 for the 3G capable one. Read More…

Nook Tablet Review 2012

Nook Tablet is together with Kindle Fire one of the most eagerly awaited gadgets of the year. Barnes & Noble’s previous tablet, the Nook Color held an important record – the best selling tablet after Apple’s iPad and that is a not an easy feat considering how crowded the tablet market has become. It is obvious though that pricing correctly sells, and the original Nook Color was priced correctly, the HP Touchpad has been priced correctly ( 😀 ) during its fire sale and the current Nook Tablet is also priced correctly at $249. However, it is $50 more than Kindle Fire. Is it worth the extra money? How does it stand against its main competitor from Amazon? These are only some questions we’ll try to answer in this Nook Tablet Review. Read More…

Are you ready to root / jailbreak Kindle Fire?

Note: our detailed tutorial about how to root / jailbreak Kindle Fire is live here.
Big day today, Amazon officially announced their Android based tablet – Kindle Fire. With technical specs better than Nook Color and a lower price – $200 compared with $250, it is obvious that the new tablet will not only smashed through every other Android tablet on the market at this point, including Nook Color (which, you might not know but it is the second best selling tablet after iPad), but, it might as well prove a formidable competitor to iPad itself. Why? Well, as the recent sales for HP TouchPad proved, consumers are voting with their wallet and at $200 the new Kindle Fire is getting close to the impulse buying price point.

While technical specs are significantly behind iPad 2 with only 8GB internal memory, no webcam, no Bluetooth and no 3G (see the full list below), most of the people won’t use these features anyway. Technical specs aside though, Amazon worked hard to create their own user experience and their own UI with Android hidden somewhere behind. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still find a store (Amazon has its own Android store for a while already) and the daily free app provides is the icing on the cake, but a quite large percentage of Nook Color buyers got their toy specifically to root it later and install the official Android marketplace powered by Google. I do expect that to be also the case with the new Kindle Fire, since popular applications like Netflix or Hulu Plus are only available through Google’s own Android Marketplace. B&N never Read More…

Amazon’s Kindle 3G+WiFi with Special Offers price drops to $139 due to AT&T sponsorship

Considering how much competition Kindle got lately from both Nook Color and the new touch eReaders launched in the last several months, Amazon needed something to bring some enthusiasm to their Kindle eReaders. One of the most appreciated measures is cutting the price and this is what they did – thanks to a deal with AT&T, you can now buy the Amazon Kindle 3G + WiFi version with Special Offers for a very low $139 that includes free 3G for life from AT&T (and also works globally). It works well, you can also access e-mails, tweets and Facebook for free together with Wikipedia and the latest news.

Special Offers is a program created by Amazon to bring ads to their eReaders, and it proved to be successful so far. The launch offers were actually quite good, the ads never interfere with your reading, only showing as screensavers, but, based on the latest numbers, the customers just appreciate more universal tablets instead of dedicated eReaders with Barnes & Noble Nook Color becoming the best seller eReader in the first quarter of this year. Amazon will also launch two Android tablets in the fall, including an industry first, a quad core device.

How to root Nook Touch and side load apps (Kindle, ADW launcher, Amazon App Store), review

Following our successful tutorials about rooting the Nook Color, we decided to write a new tutorial involving the new Barnes and Noble eReader, Nook Touch. Much like its older brother, the original nook, Nook Touch is build on top of an Android (2.1) based platform, and, as a result, fully capable of being rooted / hacked. The new Nook Touch has a faster processor, memory and overall a better hardware than its older brother and also a much longer battery life. Let’s go ahead and see what extra functionality / advantages you can Read More…

Barnes & Noble announced Nook – The Simple Touch Reader

Just a day after Kobo announced their own version of touch enabled eReader, Barnes & Noble decided it is time to unwrap their new eReader device as well, and surprise, it also has touch screen capabilities (and at this point, Amazon HAS to come with something, either a new eReader or a tablet to stay in the game).

Hardware wise, Nook Touch has the exact same infrared touch technology announced by Kobo and surprises us with an incredible battery life (up to 2 month). The device is also much thinner and lighter than its predecessor – about 21% more compact (the keyboard is also on screen). The screen is also the same 6″ EInk Pearl found in both Kindle 3 and Kobo Touch released yesterday and at this point it is obvious that eReader hardware is heading toward commoditization with the main differentiation being the software layer and the store content and prices.

Like previous models, the new Nook Simple Touch is also based on Android, has 2GB of memory which can be expanded through the included microSD slot (up to an additional 32GB). The eReader includes WiFi support but no 3G. I assume B&N did their marketing research and realized that not that many people are actually using the 3G capability, although we wished they would have come with a 3G enabled model for those that actually would enjoy it.

You can pre-order now from B&N website for $139 and it will start shipping on June 10th. Nook Simple Touch will also sell at BestBuy, Staples, Walmart and other stores.

Head after the break for full technical specs. Keep in touch for our upcoming Nook Touch Review.

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Amazon to launch dedicated Kindle app for Android / Windows tablets

Amazon made its mission to provide a mean to read your eBooks (purchased from them, of course) on any device imaginable and until now they certainly did not disappoint.

Their Kindle applications run everywhere from iPhone / Android phones to iPad, PC, MAC, BlackBerry, web browsers, even on a rooted Nook Color. Amazon wants to extend its dominance and will launch a Kindle eReader application specifically made for the upcoming tablets (Android and Windows) to be announced at CES 2011.

This is very exciting news and we can’t wait to see what the new application brings in terms of user experience. After all, there is already a Kindle application working for Android devices perfectly well.

Amazon’s press release specifies the new tablet computers coming in 2011 when they talk about the new Kindle application so we wonder if there will be any hardware / Android version constraints in running the new tablet optimized Kindle app.

Check after the break for the full press release. Read More…

Book lending comes to Amazon Kindle

This is something that Kindle users enjoyed since the beginning – the ability to lend content – books, magazines, newspapers to family and friends. After all, if both me and my wife have readers (which we do, including my 7 years old son) there is no reason not to be able to enjoy the same book without paying multiple times for it or stealing our eReaders from each other. After all, I prefer Kindle and my significant half prefers Nook.

Well, wait no more, sometime until the end of this year, Amazon intends to bring lending feature to their Kindle eReaders as well, for a 14-day period. As with a physical book, once you lend a book , you won’t be able to enjoy it until you get it back. Unfortunately, and here the content provider is king, not every ebook will come with the lending feature enabled, the publisher will decide which books you can lend and which are chained to your Kindle. Somehow we don’t remember any physical book to come with this feature (or lack of)  but what do you know—the advantages of Digital Age ;).

if you want to compare Nook and Kindle side by side, check our in-depth hands on reviews.

Amazon announces Kindle Singles – for the generation of instant gratification

With the internet around and blogs announcing news in a spartan manner (this one making no exception) the new generation just doesn’t have the patience (and/or capability) to read a book like we used to…meaning from cover to cover over roughly 500 pages or more. Now when we don’t consume TV shows dumbed down to the audience, we want short books, short enough so we don’t become bored with Balzacian descriptions or psychological analysis a la Joesph Conrad.

It’s an unfortunate state but obviously the publishers have to adapt so Amazon is announcing Amazon Singles, books twice the size of a Ney Yorker feature article but only a fraction of Dumas’ The Three Musketeers for example and ideally suited for eReaders as the recently released Kindle 3.

“Ideas and the words to deliver them should be crafted to their natural length, not to an artificial marketing length that justifies a particular price or a certain format,” said Jeff Ament, Vice President, Kindle Content announcing a call to arms to the writers, scientists, publishers to start producing this type of books, also at a fraction of price. Read the full press release after the break. Read More…

Amazon Kindle 3 will start selling in Staples stores on Sunday

Today Staples announced it will start selling the entire family of Amazon Kindle including Kindle 3 and Kindle DX. The small Kindle will make its entrance in the stores this Sunday while its larger 9.7″ brother will surface sometime next months. The prices will be similar with the ones in Amazon’s own store – $139 for Kindle 3 WiFi, $189 for WiFi and 3G version, $379 for the Kindle DX. It is not expected that Staples will make too much money from the eReader units themselves but we all know how overpriced those accessories are. In my opinion, it doesn’t make too much sense to buy them from brick and mortar stores (unless you have some coupons) since you’ll have to deal with local taxes.

In the meantime, if you want to see how Kindle compares with Nook and Pandigital Novel 7, take a look at our Kindle 3 in-depth review.