Thursday, September 29, 2011

Amazon Kindle - Our Silk is on Fire!

     No, I didn't say that Amazon's sex is on fire. I said Silk. Amazon Silk is their latest and greatest in the Amazon innovation in cloud computing and it is coming soon on the Kindle Fire. Which, to me, looks pretty sexy!

     Amazon has pulled no punches with a letter to its customers boldly positioned on its home page today. They practically call out the high priced iPad and the like and have thrown down the gauntlet less than a week before Apple's latest news of their iPhone 5 Launch. Read it for yourself (the links won't work since it is a photo but I will post those in the caption area.

Kindle $75 - Kindle Touch $99 - Kindle Touch 3G $149 - Kindle Fire $199
     The video mentioned at the end is all about Amazon Silk and how it is going to revolutionize virtual products and features. The cloud has never seemed so close... I can almost touch it now!

     I would love to get my hands on one of these things. The hype over the iPad is killing me and I have yet to jump on that band wagon. I do love Apple products and even own a massive Beast Master of an iMac but I have to say, Apple cannot corner all technology and if there is one thing that Amazon has done right ever since its inception, is books. Now it is just offering yet another way to get that content to us knowing that we are now, and have been, in the Digital age.

     A few facts about the Kindle Fire (I keep wanting to type the Amazon Fire though):
  • Display: 7" multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors. 
  • Storage: 8GB internal. That's enough for 80 apps, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.
    • Free cloud storage for all Amazon content 
  • Battery Life: Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content 
     I have to say that all sounds quite impressive.They mention a Dual Core processor but do not actually give the specifics of the power it has. However, the battery life on a touch screen of this capacity and the anti-reflective treatment is something I would definitely like to see in action. I love the basic Kindle for its E Ink technology and the fact that I can read it in any bright light condition just like a book. However, I love snaz and snap of color. Getting to watch whole movies AND, get this, if you have an Amazon Prime account you have access to over 10,000 streaming movies for FREE. It isn't much right now, but it was something I didn't realize I would get when I signed up for it. BONUS!

     I am really thinking about preordering one of these babies, but I am not really a first adopter. I tend to stay on the sidelines and hear the Yays and Boos of the crowds as the new tech rolls out. If it is what they say it is though, I think that Amazon's Cloud technology might just boost the playing field for Apple to get their iCloud facility humpin' and pumpin' faster!

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