5 Million Kindle Fire Units Expected to Sell This Year

Analysts have now seriously ramped up how much they expect the Kindle Fire to sell this year. Bigtime.

They now expect them to sell more than 5 million units in the first quarter alone!

This is great news for Amazon, obviously, and I think it reflects that people are really starting to come over to the “Amazon brand.” Amazon has begun to adopt an Apple-esque strategy, in that they are looking to brand their own Marketplace for apps, their own marketplace for books, their own marketplace for music, etc.

Soon, Amazon may have the type of cross-platform abilities that Apple has. They are missing a few elements, such as a smartphone, although they do sell them but they don’t have their own brand, but it seems to me that the Kindle Fire could easily be adapted to a phone operating system.

I know I personally love my Kindle in the way that some people love their iPads. Do you agree? Do you think people will be as excited about Amazon in the future (or maybe even now) as they are about Apple products?

I think it can happen – if they keep developing their platform. They may need their own computers as well to pull it off, and they will definitely need to break into the smartphone market.

And 5 million units of the Kindle Fire? I think they will do that easily, and they will probably beat it. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have to up that number before Christmas comes around.

The Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch Are Here!

Well, finally the dayKindle Fire we have all been waiting for is here! Amazon just announced the Kindle Fire and the Kindle Touch today!

Let’s break down all four new Kindle offerings and what it means for all of us.

Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire is going to be an amazing device and something different from all the previous Kindles out there! Here are a few of the specs of the device -

  • 7 inch device
  • Android-based system
  • Access to Amazon app store
  • Color touchscreen
  • 14 ounces (about)
  • Free storage via Amazon Cloud Storage
  • Access to Kindle store and Amazon Video on Demand
  • Free month of Amazon Prime
  • 8GB Storage
  • WiFi only (no 3G for this model)

So far, I love what I see! You can pre-order now if you want to get one, and if you want it by Christmas, I would suggest buying one now!

For more details or to pre-order the Kindle Fire, click here!

Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G

The Kindle Touch is very similar to the current Kindle, except, of course, it has a touchscreen. There is the 3G and wifi model, with a $50 price difference between the two. Here are the specs -

  • 7 inch screen
  • 2 month battery life
  • Eink screen
  • faster page turns – one complaint about the current
  • All the other stuff your like about the current Kindle

For more details on the Kindle Touch, click here!

Original Kindle

Finally, there is the plain ole’ Kindle! Haha! It is now just $79 (with ads)! It is the same as the current unit, except it is lighter and faster. Find out more about that by clicking here!

You can also get the older versions of the Kindle, at least for  right now. They are calling it the “Kindle Keyboard.”

The only bad news I know of is that the Kindle DX appears to be getting phased out. There is no definitive information on that right now, but it is not listed in the other “new Kindle family” so I am assuming that is what is happening. I will let everyone know when I know more on that.

Amazon Kindle Tablet Unveiled Wednesday

We have been talking up the Kindle tablet for some time now, and it appears that we will finally get a full look at it on Wednesday!

Amazon has scheduled a press conference in New York on Wednesday to unveil the new device to the public and let everyone finally get a peek at it.

There is a lot of buzz around this device, and it is pretty obvious that Amazon is gearing up for big sales around the holiday season! I think this is a very smart move by the company, and I guarantee they will move a bunch of these units as holiday gifts. The initial offering, unless they change something at the last minute, will be a 7 inch tablet built on the Android framework. Right now, in early 2012, they plan to unveil a 10 inch model as well.

In addition, as we have mentioned before, the current Kindle models will hang around. This is good news for those of you who like having the advantages that the e-ink screen offers, such as little to no glare and no eye strain.

We will cover everything here on Wednesday and let you know what comes out of the press conference.

Amazon To Sell 2 Million Tablets in 2011

As you probably know by know, the big Amazon Kindle tablet is coming out, very, very soon! We can’t wait to get our hands on it. In the meantime, some of the heavy hitters in business are already making predictions about how many units they expect Amazon to sell.

The Wall Street Journal came out with their estimates this week, stating that they expect Amazon to sell 2 million of their new tablets before the ned of 2011. An impressive number when you consider that it may not even come out until November!

Of course, this is really just pure speculation on their part at this point. The actual number of sales will depend on a plethora of factors, the main one being how well the new tablet is received by current and future Kindle users. If you read our review, you know we are excited, but also somewhat skeptical of what is coming. I really hope it is well received!

Personally, I think you are going to see two camps when it comes to the Kindle when this comes out – the folks who like it just as it is, with the e-ink screen and without all the other apps, mostly made up of people like me that use the Kindle exclusively for reading and have no need for anything else, and the folks who want to have the full Amazon experience that will come with the new tablet. As we have discussed, these new tablets will be sold alongside the current version of the Kindle.

Amazon is expected to sell more than 21 million total Kindles before the end of the year, a huge jump from last year, with most of those obviously being the current models. Next year, Amazon plans to unveil a 10 inch Kindle tablet, and the 7 inch version should go live in the next few weeks.

Are you considering buying the new model? Or will you be sticking with the current Kindle? Let us know in the comments!

New Amazon Kindle Tablet Details

Finally, some definite Kindle reviews about the new tablet from Amazon coming out soon!

Techcrunch has brought us some real information on the new Amazon Kindle Tablet and actually got their hands on one to try. Here’s the scoop on what is coming -

Android…Plus More

The new Kindle Tablet will be running Android, but it will not have the type of Android that you may be used to using if you have the Android operating system on your phone or Tablet. The system has been fully redesigned by Amazon and will look completely different than what you are accustomed to. It will be a very unique experience overall.

Being an Android device, you will have access  to the Amazon App Store (which was our first hint that Amazon planned to break into the tablet market), but apparently not the main Android app store. I think that not having the main Android app market could be a mistake, but time will tell.

Some Specs

The initial device will be 7 inches. The original plan was to have a 7 and a 10 inch version, but for now, the company plans to roll out just the 7 inch version and put the 10 inch tablet out there if they think it will do well, probably some time in early 2012.

Interestingly enough, this device will not have an e-ink screen on it. I have to say, I love the e-ink screen, so this makes me a little concerned, but I am certainly willing to give it a try.

Pricing

The new Amazon Kindle Tablet will cost $250 initially, not bad when compared to other tablets out there. In addition, it appears that owners of the device will get a free subscription to Amazon Prime, which right now cost $79. This is a great idea and a great benefit for folks like myself who use Amazon Prime and buy a lot of items on the site.

Amazon Kindle Tablet Not Replacing Current Ereader

For those of you who love your regular Kindle, not to worry! Your ereader is not going away and may in fact be reduced in price again. It is possible that the DX could be phased out.

As we had reported before, the company plans to roll out the new Kindle tablet sometime in November in order to beat the holiday shopping season, and I think they are going to see a huge rush to buy this unit.

I do have some worries, though – now will it really compare to the current version when it comes to the screen? that’s my big question. I guess we will see in a few weeks when the Amazon Kindle tablet finally makes it’s debut!

Kindle Scribe – New Version To Have Stylus?

Kindle Scribe

We have always done all kinds of Kindle reviews here on our site about what products are available, but today we have a very interesting an juicy piece of gossip about the newest versions of the device that could be coming out soon. It appears that the new version, or at least one model (there may be two or more coming out), will be called the Kindle Scribe. This is because Amazon just registered this domain, likely in anticipation of a new device coming soon. So what does that mean for us as users?

First, I think that I agree with many of the folks out there making guesses – this likely means that this new Kindle Scribe device will come with a stylus!

I think that is great and a very cool idea. How awesome would it be to be able to easily scribble notes in the margin of a Kindle book just like you would a paper book? This would just bring the reading experience that much closer to the typical paper book experience.

Kindle scribeOf course, styluses are not without their downfalls. You do have to make sur eyou keep up with them. However, I think it is still a great improvement and something that I would certainly welcome.

No offical word from the company yet about what this might look like or when it might go for sale (or even if it exists). However, most expect that the newest models will come out sometime before the end of the year in order to beat the holiday season.

So, will you consider buying a Kindle Scribe? Let us know in the comments!

Refurbished Kindle – Now only $99!

Refurbished Kindle

Now Only $99!

The refurbished Kindle just saw a major price drop. Now you can get one for $99! Click here to check it out at Amazon! If you have been reading every Kindle review out there and still been on the fence about buying one, now is the time!

This is an interesting development, and leads me and many others to believe that the next iteration of the Kindle is very soon to come. Some folks razzed me last week because they said I was way behind posting the reasons to buy the Kindle 3, but I did so because I still get that question, so I thought I could break it down again. However, you guys who hit me up may have a point – the newest ones will probably be out very soon. However, now is a great time to get the older versions! Especially the refurbished Kindles!

I wouldn’t worry about it being used. Knowing Amazon and their reputation, they have worked to make sure they are working properly, and they are always good to help you in case they are not working right.

refurbished kindle

At $99, you can get a good deal, and you do not even have to get an ad-supported version while saving money. Many of the people I have discussed the ad-supported version with do not seem to mind it too much, but they consider it at least a bit of an annoyance. Skip out on that whole ad thing and get you a refurbished Kindle for an even lower price! Here’s that link again! -

Click here to check it out at Amazon!

The Kindle 3: Is It Really That Much Better?

kindle 3Many of you have the older Kindle models and have not upgraded to the Kindle 3 yet. If you have wondered if it is really worth upgrading, let me give you a quick Kindle 3 review and break down for you the differences so you can make an informed decision!

Better Pricing

Of course, the Kindle has gone down significantly since the Kindle 2 and the first version. At the time of this writing, you can get the Kindle 3 is $139 and the ad supported version is $114. Not too bad for an upgrade!

Better Fonts

The Kindle 3 adds a couple of new fonts that are darker, making it a bit easier to read.

Size

Did you know that the Kindle 3 is actually about 80% the size of the Kindle 2? The screen is still the same size, however.

Better Battery Life

The Kindle 3 has a better battery life, with about 60 days on the charge when not using the wifi.

Even Less Glare

The older Kindle versions have virtually no glare, but the Kindle 3 has even less glare now. This makes it even easier to read outdoors and even better than the other ebook readers that exist out there.

WiFi

With the wifi on the Kindle 3, getting a book downloaded takes only about a minute, if not less.

Page Speed

The lag on page turns (which was not that much to start with) has gotten even shorter, by about 20%, so you can turn the pages just that much faster! I never had that much trouble with it, however.

Doubled Storage

The storage space on the Kindle 3 is twice the size of the Kindle 2, which is great with all the new apps and such out there. Although, I have never come close to hitting the limits of my storage on the older models!

As you can see, there are several features that might tempt you to upgrade! Check out more features over at Amazon by clicking here