The PriceWhat's not to like about the Kindle Fire's price. For $199, consumers are getting a 7-inch tablet fully equipped with Android, applications, and the e-commerce giant's suite of services, including Amazon Instant and its cloud-storage service. It might not have the big display of the iPad 2 or 3G connectivity, but at $199, the Amazon tablet offers a great deal.
Amazon has officially unveiled its tablet, called the Kindle Fire. The Android-based device comes with a 7-inch, color, multitouch display, and allows users to access all kinds of content, including music, movies, e-books, and more. Even with all those features, the device is on sale for only $199, making it one of the most compelling tablet offers in the industry. As soon as the Kindle Fire was announced, the device was compared to Apple's iPad 2, the leading device in the marketplace. However, Amazon has shied away from those comparisons, opting instead to say that the Fire is simply another entrant into the marketplace for consumers to consider. Perhaps Amazon is right to distance its tablet from the iPad. After all, Apple's device has a bigger display, features a camera, supports 3G connectivity, and comes with Bluetooth. Amazon's option, on the other hand, lacks all those features. Plus, at less than half the price of the cheapest iPad 2, it might be an unfair comparison to make. But even with its notable shortcomings, the Kindle Fire looks to be an outstanding option for just about any consumer. From its price to its selection of content, the device could very well become the next big thing in the tablet space.
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