Can Amazon stand above the fray and make sense of the Android / tablet mess?

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  1. DaveF

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    What was the conclusion on whispersync of Audible and maybe getting Kindle version with Audible purchase? I'm an Audible subscriber, so might be f benefit to me.
     
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    No clue Dave.
    Verge looks at the strategy here:
    http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/7/3298382/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-apple-ipad-tablet-strategy
     
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    Cool AND creepy!
    http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/07/amazons-silk-browser-now-tracking-user-behavior-for-new-trending-now-section-wait-what/
     
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    I think some under-estimate the appeal of that data plan. I pay AT&T $15/mo for 200MB on my iPhone. Amazon is offering $4/mo for 250 MB!?!? That's about 500% cheaper! The mind reels. It makes me wonder if and why I'm being ripped off on iPhone and iPad data.
     
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    You already answered that. It's AT&T.
     
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    I'm wondering something about smartphone data plans. Do they charge the usual, high tax+fees on the data plan cost for smartphones like they do for voice+text? I have no clue since my BB is completely handled by the company -- I don't see any bills for it. I'm asking this because I've been happy to see that they don't do that for the iPad's data plan (at least w/ Verizon anyway). Just wondering if that needs to be factored in as well for that sort of comparison.

    Anyway, like I said above, I get 1GB/month for $20/month w/ Verizon -- and 1GB seems plenty for my/our uses since I/we rarely stream anything at all.

    _Man_
     
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    Yep, you missed the intro of the cheap data plan. It's real and has been there close or over a year.
     
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    Flip floppin on ads:
    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/09/amazon-backtracks-will-remove-ads-from-kindle-fire-for-15-fee/
     
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    Review are in. This is NOT good.
    Remember that the original was janky for the first day of release too and a patch on day two fixed a lot. That isn't going to fix the shitty ad situation tho.
    http://allthingsd.com/20120911/kindle-fire-hd-is-better-but-it-isnt-the-best-color-tablet/
    http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/11/3317586/kindle-fire-hd-review-7-inch
     
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    It really looked like the same old shit when Dean Pelton annouced it. And where Google trimmed the side bezels in portrait mode to give it a sleeker shape, Amazon when for huge, symmetrical bezels, making it almost .75" wider. Between the fat bezel and overly simplified launcher, the Fire reminds me more of a Leapster Pad than an iPad.
     
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    I already posted this in the Apple forum, but it seemed to be more at home here:



    The Fire series performs a subset of what an iPad can do. With the Amazon Streaming app available on iOS, there's really nothing a Fire does that an iPad can't do but a shit ton the iPad does that the Fire is ill suited for. If/when the Amazon Streaming app comes to Android, there will be zero reason to buy the Fire over any other brand name Android tablet as well.



    Zero.



    Too many people were burned by the Fire last time. Unless the reviews are airtight and awesome, it's not going to replicate any of the success the original one had, which sold on goodwill as much as price.
     
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    Barnes and Noble just introduced the Nook HD and Nook HD+...
    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/nook/379003208
     
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    So the plot thickens just that extra bit. I wonder how it compares in actual practice/performance -- of course, lots of folks will be more interested in trying to root it and install some other custom ROMs instead.

    _Man_
     
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    I Picked up a Fire HD and Like it alot , it's perfect for compiling all the Amazon Ecosystem, and it does what no other tablet I've owned ever did, provides a great experience overall watching videos, with excellent Video, and fantastic Audio that is unmatched by any tablet I've owned.
     
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    I like my Fire HD but if you put it and the original fire next to each other I'd have a hard time figuring out which one to grab from just the front display and in actual use I'd have to really put it through its paces to do so. This is a compliment to just what the original fire was able to accomplish at $199 a year ago more than a ding against this year's rev. Either way my nephew got my old one and I get the new one so everyone wins.
    On the other hand I've been using my paperwhite for 2 ays now and it AWESOME. It is soooooo much faster and more responsive than the old kindle touch it is not even worth comparison.
    The screen whiteness is awesome in use, even during day time.
    The ONLY downside is that the backlighting is VERY uneven on mine. Bet they nail that next rev.
     
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    Want the paper white!
     
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    Got the paper white for Christmas and its been great. The touchscreen is a huge upgrade from the keyboard kindle. The backlight is a game changer for reading in bed. I love this device.
     
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    Rumored specs sound like winners to me if they are indeed true:
    http://bgr.com/2013/07/30/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-2-specs-exclusive/

    Kindle Fire has really grown on me, simple access to android apps makes this a perfect in-bed content chewing device for me, I use it a lot more than my Nexus device which fills a similar role in not leaving the house with me. My full size iPad remains my device of choice of course, but the 7" factor has grown on me (so long as I'm not actually trying to DO anything with it more than fire off angry birds) and the price is right.

    Dave, I love my Paperwhite as well. It's the best book-reading kindle they have ever made. I am super impressed with it.
     
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    For the avid reader, i dont think you can beat the paperwhite. but for me, I'm starting to wonder if a Retina iPad mini could replace both kindle and iPad.
     
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