Misguided Geek Friday Tech Update
Quick rundown of the Tech news of the day: Special Kindle Edition!
So Amazon surprised no one by unveiling a new line up of Kindle Fire’s and Kindle Readers…. but thats not to say there were no surprises.
- Kindle Fire 1.0: First off, Amazon said they will upgrade the Fire 1 and drop the price of the already ridiculously priced tablet to $160.
- NEW Kindle Fire HD: Early rumors said there would be anywhere from 3 to 97 new Kindle Fires released. What Bezos revealed was 3 (kind of), a new 7” Fire HD ($199), a bigger 8.9” Fire HD ($300), as well as the 8.9” Fire HD 4G LTE ($500). All three feature speedier processors, upgraded screens and a front facing camera, a feature the Fire 1.0 was lacking.
-NEW Kindle Readers: Amazon once again takes a firm hold on their throne for king of E-readers with their new front lit Paperwhite Kindles. Two new models, the Kindle Paperwhite ($119 w/ads, $139 ad free) the Kindle Paperwhite 3G ($179 w/ads, $199 ad free) feature the new front lit display, powered by 4 LED’s and a fiber-optic like glass panel, and is slimmer than previous models due to the new captive touch screen which replaced the old IR touch screen. Amazon old standby Kindle got a couple nice updates to its screen and text, and dropped its price to $69 w/ads, and $89 ad free.
-Amazon 4G LTE Plan: Here was the big surprise of the night, Bezos announced a couple 4G plans (in cooperation with AT&T), that offer 250 MB/ 3 GB/ 5 GB of data a month, to go along with 20 GB of cloud storage and $10 in store credit. No big deal right, just another data plan right? WRONG! Here is the kicker, for the low lever plan (250 MB/month) the price is $50 a year. Thats right a YEAR. That is insane! And even better, the 3 GB/month plan is only $80 a year, and the 5 GB is $100 a year. It almost makes the $100 Fire HD 4G a steal!
That was a lot for today, and a great way to start off the weekend. I will be in Charleston SC next week, so post maybe sporadic as I will be too busy attempting to eat all the Shrimp and Grits in the city.
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