Amazon just finished revealing their new tablet, the Kindle Fire. First off, it’s $199, while the cheapest iPad starts at $500. I wasn’t very interested in a tablet other than for extra real estate for reading. At $199, the Kindle Fire is priced low enough to pique my curiosity.
I have a great laptop and a smartphone. I don’t really see myself lugging around another slab of aluminum and silicon that doesn’t fit too well into my life. There are times when I want to check something on the internet quickly or have 5 minutes to amuse myself — so I bust out the smartphone. And there are other times when I want to get actual work done or want to play a substantial game — that’s when I bust out the laptop.
The iPad touted itself as that device that fits in between, but I didn’t buy the hype. Yes, it can do a lot, but I already have both ends of the spectrum covered and not much room in between. However, with a $200 tablet, it feels less restrictive to jump in. At this lower price, it’s lacking things like an HD video camera, but personally, I feel that taking HD video with a tablet is unnecessary. When it comes down to it, the Kindle Fire is more about delivering the content Amazon has already been providing (books, movies, music) and less about the “do everything” apps of the iPad.
Another cool thing that the Kindle Fire has is Amazon Silk — a mobile browser which leverages off of Amazon’s servers. That is, it uses cloud computing to speed up your internet browsing. I really do think that cloud computing is the future (see my posts about OnLive), and this is a really great and unobtrusive way to benefit from it.