Kindle Paperwhite – What We Know So Far

On September 6, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage in Los Angeles to announce two new Kindle products: the Kindle Fire HD and a new product called the Kindle Paperwhite.

The Kindle Paperwhite is designed to be an upgraded and expanded version of the basic Kindle e-reader. It features a slim, sleek interface and, according to early reports, it’s surprisingly lightweight. It also features a strong battery life and a responsive touch interface. In short, the Kindle Paperwhite appears to have improved on all of the complaints the original Kindle e-reader faced when it was first released.

The Paperwhite improves the e-reading experience in a number of powerful ways. Here are a few advantages that users can expect from their new Paperwhite, set to be released later this fall.

Better reading display than the Kindle Fire or the iPad

There is one major difference between e-reader tablets and conventional tablet computers: the display. Today, most e-readers use display technology like “e-ink” to display words and pictures on the screen. Although e-ink is only available in black-and-white, the display tends to resemble a normal book. And, since the display isn’t backlit, e-readers tend to be easier to read. Since the Kindle Fire and Apple iPad are both backlit, they’re not ideal for reading. The Kindle Paperwhite, on the other hand, is designed to make reading as easy as possible with its crisp and clear e-ink display.

kindle paperwhiteTop-down light

You can’t read e-readers in the dark without a light source, and Amazon has solved this problem by including a top-down light on every Kindle Paperwhite. Instead of having to turn on a light source or sit near a lamp, the Kindle Paperwhite includes a light wherever you go. The light easily illuminates the entire display and it is specifically designed to limit glare, which ultimately makes the reading experience as easy as possible.

Better contrast

When reading information in black and white, contrast is important. Contrast measures the distinction between black and white colors on any display. Amazon made contrast a key goal with the Kindle Paperwhite, and it promises to have a 25% better contrast ratio than the basic Kindle Fire. As Jeff Bezos said in his announcement speech, “the whites are whiter, and the blacks are blacker.”

8 weeks (!) of battery life

Jeff Bezos claims that the Kindle Paperwhite will last for an astonishing 8 weeks – even if users leave the backlight on to read. As with any early reports about battery power, it’s difficult to verify these claims as of yet, but if the 8 weeks promise is true, then the Paperwhite will be one of the longest lasting e-readers on the market today.

3G model available

In addition to the $119 Wi-Fi model of the Paperwhite, Amazon also offers a $179 3G model. This means users will be able to download books even when they’re outside of Wi-Fi coverage – provided they have subscribed to a 3G data plan.

Kindle Paperwhite release date

The Kindle Paperwhite seeks to improve on all of the criticisms past e-readers have faced. If you want an e-reader with sharper contrast, a better display, and a top-down light, then the Kindle Paperwhite will start shipping on November 1, 2012.

Kindle Fire HD Review

Kindle Fire HD Review – Everything You Need to Know

Well, Amazon has finally announced its new lineup of Kindles! On September 6, 2012, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage in Los Angeles to announce the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Paperwhite. While the Kindle Paperwhite is slim, sleek, and inexpensive, the Kindle Fire HD takes the brand in the opposite direction by offering a high-definition display and powerful hardware. Check out our full Kindle Fire HD review below -

Here are some of the key features that we know about the Kindle Fire HD so far:

1920×1200 HD display on the 8.9-inch model

Most HD displays come at a resolution of 1920×1080. This is called 1080p, and it’s the resolution that most HDTVs and HD computer monitors run. The Kindle Fire HD, however, seeks to take HD resolutions to a new level with a 1920×1200 resolution display. Early reports say the screen is much improved over the Nexus 7 – which is (so far) the Kindle’s biggest competitor in the lower-end tablet market, at least until the iPad Mini is announced. Any Kindle Fire HD review out there should focus on the screen, as that is going to be a huge sell for Amazon.

1280×800 HD display on the 7-inch model

kindle fire hd review

For consumers who are looking for a great screen at an even better price, the smaller version of the Kindle Fire HD will be a good solution. Priced at just $199, it costs less than half the price of the newest $499 iPad. The 1280×800 resolution

display ensures that users won’t see any pixels during use, and TV shows and movies still look crisp.

Faster Wi-Fi speeds

Another innovative feature in the Kindle Fire HD is its fast wireless data processing. The Kindle Fire HD promises to be the first tablet with dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz MIMO technology. Amazon promises that this could lead to 41% faster Wi-Fi than competitors like the iPad. Faster internet is never a bad thing. (All Kindle Fire HD reviews should focus on this as well. Faster tablet web speeds are going to become more and more important.)

X-ray prov

ides insight into movies and TV shows

How many times have you been watching a movie or a TV show only to wonder, “where have I seen that actor before?” Amazon has made this question easy to answer by including a suite of features called ‘X-ray’. With a single tap on the screen, Kindle users can view important information about the TV shows they’re watching. Information about the actors, scenes, and IMDB data will instantly come up on screen. X-ray was already a useful feature on the Kindle Touch for books, and now it’s coming to the Kindle Fire for TV shows and movies.

11-hour battery life

For a tablet with an HD screen, the Kindle Fire HD appears to have a surprisingly strong battery life. Amazon promises an 11-hour battery life, but it’s difficult to say if the Kindle Fire HD will live up to that promise.

Front-facing camera

Kindle Fire users who have been waiting for a good front-facing camera finally have their wish. The Kindle Fire HD features a front-facing camera that will integrate with apps on the device, making it easier than ever to stay in touch with friends and relatives.

Kindle Fire HD release date

The 7-inch version of the Kindle Fire HD will start shipping on September 14, while the larger version won’t be available until November 20.

The Verdict

All in all, it looks like the latest product line from Amazon is going to be a great improvement over the current versions. My personal favorite addition to the Kindle Fire family is the 4G version, which would allow me the freedom of not having to worry about wifi. In addition, finally having a front facing camera will be nice.

We will continue to expand our Kindle Fire HD review on this page as the new models come out and as we get our hands on them!

Securing Your Kindle Fire

If you have little ones around the house, then you know the importance of securing your electronic devices, the Kindle Fire included. Since the Fire has internet access and thousands of app choices, it does not take much for a small child who does not realize what they are doing to end up on a bad site somewhere.

Here is how you can avoid that as best as you possibly can. First, let’s secure your apps -

  • Go To “Apps” From The Home Screen
  • Go To The Settings And Choose “Parental Controls”
  • Set up a pin for purchasing apps.

This will ensure you don’t get any adult or generally questionable apps on your device. Now, of course, this doesn’t fix the problem of the internet on your Fire.  That’s where Mobicip comes in.

Mobicip is a content-filtering browser for the Kindle Fire and many other devices. It has a free and premium option, and either one should do the trick, although I recommend the Premium option, because of the added features, such as Youtube filtering and settings for specific users. You can get a free month trial on their site, and it is only a few bucks per month after that.

After securing your apps and adding Mobicip, you will be about as secure as you can possibly be. Something could still get through, but it is much less likely.

Kindle Fire Now Offers Parental Content Controls

Mobicip, an app company that focus on helping parents control what their kids see on the web, has now released an app for the Kindle Fire to help parents control what they see on the Fire. This is a great idea, and could be a great comfort to those of you out there who have small children. I can see the value of this, as just the other day a friend of mine was talking about their child grabbing a device of theirs (I think it was a smartphone), and ended up on a site watching a video they should not have been watching within a few minutes!

The way it works is the app is actually its own browser, and this is the browser that you would allow your kids to use. You can set the content settings to several different levels based on their age. Right now you can set it to elementary, middle school, high school. You can try it for free for now, as it is still in beta. On other devices it costs $4.99 for the app, so I would guess this would be how much it will cost when it comes out of beta.

There is the obvious workaround for your kids – they could just use another browser! However, Mobicip has that covered, too, as you can actually use the app to block other apps, such as browsers, video apps, etc.

Overall, I think this is a great product, and I am glad it is coming to the Kindle Fire.

Kindle Took More Than 1 to 2 Million Potential Apple Customers

The Kindle Fire was a huge hit this Christmas! It was a great holiday season for Amazon, with them pushing out millions of Kindle Fire units. However, it also hurt Apple, with Fire sales taking away from the iPad. The stories below discuss just that.

Kindle Fire cannibalized 1M to 2M iPad sales ‘at most’ this holiday
By Neil Hughes The launch of the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire had a detrimental effect on iPad sales for Apple, but the company is still expected to report record sales this quarter, a new report states. Investment research firm Morgan Keenan on Tuesday …
www.appleinsider.com

Kindle Fire may have cost Apple $1 billion or more in holiday iPad sales
Amazon’s new Kindle Fire was a hot item during the holiday shopping season, and one analyst believes the new Amazon tablet may have cost Apple well over $1 billion in holiday iPad sales. Morgan Keegan analyst Travis McCourt on Tuesday lowered his …
www.bgr.com

As you can see, the holiday season was still good for Apple, but Amazon certainly took away from their profits. Fortunately for both companies, however, it is not a zero sum game. With the increased popularity of tablets comes many new users, folks who haven’t had a tablet up until now. Tablets are becoming more and more ubiquitous, so the two companies (not to mention Android) are not necessarily always fighting for the same customers every time they come out with something new.

I really believe that 2012 will be the year of the tablet. People are moving away even from laptops in favor of these devices, and they continue to get better at what they are designed to do. The Kindle Fire will likely play a big role in bringing inexpensive tablets to the masses!

Want to know more about the Kindle Fire? Make sure you check out our Kindle Fire review!

Amazon Now Selling over 1 Million Kindles Per Week

The economy may be down, but Amazon is doing just fine. Better than ever, in fact! They just reported that they are now selling over one million Kindles per week!

In addition, sales are growing each week. Now, of course, much of that has to do with the holidays; however, this is a great testament to the success of the device. The new Kindle Fire has not been without it’s detractors, however. Some Kindle reviews have been fairly poor, noting the smaller design and the lack of access to the full Android marketplace. However, almost every Kindle Fire review out there will tell you that it is a great tablet, and especially for the price.

Some people are even buying two Kindles since they are so cheap! They are purchasing the old style Kindle for reading and the Fire for other entertainment and computing needs. And since the devices are so inexpensive, this is totally doable!

You still have time to get a Kindle by the holidays if you order soon. Check them out at Amazon here.

Kindle DX Sale – $120 Off This Week

If you are like me, you still love the size of the Kindle DX. While some have said that the 9.7 inch tablet is going away soon, it is still available, at least for now, and for a great price! It is $120 off for the next few days as long as their supply lasts at Amazon.

If you want a Kindle DX rather than a Kindle Fire, now is definitely the time to get it. They may well cancel them soon, and even if they don’t, I doubt the price on them will get any cheaper than they are right now. The DX is similar to the Kindle, with the e-ink screen, free 3G coverag, etc, he only difference being more storage and the larger screen.

Check Out The Kindle DX Sale Here, or watch the video review below first. It’s a bit dated, but still accurate -

 

Here Is The Link For That DX Sale Again

Kindle Web Browser

kindle web browserThe Kindle web browser is very limited on all of the devices except the Kindle Fire, but is still nice to have for the avid reader who might want to get on the computer from time to time!  Kintweet, a web interface for twitter, works reasonably well.  It is based on Web Kit which is a popular mobile web browser engine. The Kindle web browser is still marked as “experimental” meaning it may gain features if Amazon decides to keep working on it.

The Kindle web browser is basically an exercise in “I can” rather than “I will ever have the patience to” for me, but if I had no other options, it’s there.  The Kindle web browser is based on Web Kit which is a popular mobile web browser engine.  The  kindle web browser  is designed and improved by Amazon to allow the readers in getting the easiness and the comfort when they are reading.

Sure the Kindle web browser leaves a lot (and I mean a lot) to be desired, but it’s nice to have it.  With the Kindle Web Browser (Home / Menu / Experimental / Launch Browser) you can access the mobile version of Evernote  – you’ll need to press the Sym button on your Kindle Keyboard to add the forward slash in th e Evernote web address.  Still,  the Amazon Kindle Web Browser is adequate for reading text websites.  It should be noted that with the Kindle web browser you can easily access sites such as  Google Reader  and connect to RSS feeds in this manner.

But with the release of Touch, I believe Kindle web browser will be one of the browser that could be used for real, not only a gimmick.  If you know of any other routes for getting onto the Kindle web browser quickly – leave me a comment please.