Amazon announces new US-only tablets including Kindle Fire HD, pushes pricing to its limits

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  • Jason

    want this, pretty close to the Ipad’s retina PPI… should look very nice

    • PlayBook99

      POOR RIM:
      Looks like they now EVEN MISSED the $99 boat with the Playbook now!

      Playbook at $99 or Kindle fire at $160??
      Think lentgh of life, upgradeability, support (XDA forums?) and re-selling value.

      The playbook will set up a record and raise (or lower the bar?) passing to the annals of history as the little tablet that couldn’t sell…for $99!
      RIMM stock at $6.7 wait for release dates of iphone 5, motorola and Nokia ( all this momth) and the stock will drop to high $5, wait for the Q report on Sept 27, when they will say how much cash left they have out of the $2B they had last Q and the stock will drop to low $5s…and still holidays to come and 5 months to go to the store and buy a box with a BB10 phone in it.

    • kris

      you mean Samsungs “retina” lcd

  • Lexcyn

    Pretty disapointed none of these are coming to Canada. I think Amazon must really have it out for us, after them releasing the App store in the EU before us.

  • ns.dev

    And big labels are confused as to why people torrent stuff.

  • aiden

    i love competition 🙂

    • daveloft

      I’m betting your thumbs down is from an Apple fan.

  • CALGARY IS RICH!!!!

    “”Who wants to spend over $249 on a 7-inch tablet when the base price of a Kindle Fire is almost $100 less?””

    Really?!!!! What a ridiculous statement!! Firstly, you are comparing a PURE GOOGLE experience device to something else. For $100 more, you get instant Android updates, quad core processor, higher res. screen, DOUBLE the storage (16GB vs 8GB), full Google Play access and so much more.

    Add to the fact that the Nexus 7 8GB is available for $199 in US retail stores.

  • jaxxy

    Just waiting for thé Surface to come out, possibly for 199

  • Hinds2009

    Couldn’t care less cause I got my nexus 7 with the content I want and pure android!

  • Really?

    “Who wants to spend over $249 on a 7-inch tablet when the base price of a Kindle Fire is almost $100 less?”

    What a ridiculous statement!

    Nexus 7 8GB is available in US retail stores, and it costs $199, only $40 more.

    For $40 more, you get PURE GOOGLE experience, full Google Play access, Quad core processor, instant Android updates, a higher resolution screen and front facing camera, same RAM and storage.

    Nexus 7 is still the best value.

  • vn33

    Curious to what 250Mb/month of content a annual subscriber get ? Multimedia (movies/music ?) books ?

    • Acco

      Anything. Whispersync of music, movies, books… or just browsing and streaming video.

  • jack

    ya but can it play halo?!?!?!?!?

  • Cole

    *sigh* No instant streaming, no amazon mp3, no Amazon app store (and you can’t use Google Play) and no Prime for Canada. What’s the point without it? All you have is a web browser. You could get that with an HP Touchpad.

  • Kevin

    I think I will stick with my Playbook.

    At least the marketplace is wide open and I have my Kindle. For $150 now with 16GB, its a bargain.

  • Patrick

    Useless.
    I’ll spend the extra $50 and get a vastly superior Nexus 7 with guaranteed updates and access to ACTUAL CONTENT.

  • AndrogynousAndroid

    proving once again that Android tablets will only sell when heavily subsidized. Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire: Public housing marketing.

    • Pat

      not necessarily. it could also mean that apple products can also be sold with higher markups.

  • Mike

    It’s not coming to Canada because Amazon.ca has zero content. All we get are the ebooks, no music, movies or TV shows on amazon.ca. So until that situation changes, no Kindle Fire in Canada.

  • Peter

    “It doesn’t matter what country you’re in — this is compelling business.”

    Well, we can’t get them in Canada, so it’s much less compelling than it would be. The original Fire was never available here, so it seems Amazon doesn’t care about this market.

    Hardly compelling.

  • Vengefulspirit99

    We’ll see how well this compares to the surface…

  • WTF fantards

    Race to the bottom.

  • Pauladin

    These days it’s all about the ecosystem and ease of payment on how to obtain available media. Until Amazon.ca is on par with Amazon.com these products are just a sad reminder of that.

  • Me Ted

    “Who wants to spend over $249 on a 7-inch tablet when the base price of a Kindle Fire is almost $100 less?”

    Anybody who wants a fully functional Android device running stock Jelly Bean, which is plenty.

  • Mike

    Thanks Amazon, I’ll take my business elsewhere for the next 5 years.

  • Jeff Mitchell

    Apple has the only viable ecosystem in Canada. Therefore, all products except Apple products are irrelevant.

  • Dave

    “Nexus 7 8GB is available in US retail stores, and it costs $199, only $40 more.

    For $40 more, you get PURE GOOGLE experience, full Google Play access, Quad core processor, instant Android updates, a higher resolution screen and front facing camera, same RAM and storage.
    Nexus 7 is still the best value.”

    Kindle Fire – Total failure, shall I said more!

  • tj

    PB needs to be st 99.99 after this , and I will get one 🙂 . Come on RIM do it , make all 3 versions 16 , 32 and 64 GB at 99.99 and blow them out !

    Also blow out all existing BB handsets , that’s your only chance.

    Then focus on the BB 10 for next year.

    But 2012 should be about you getting rid of your non BB10 play books and black berry handsets 🙂

  • S. Morris Rose

    The $200US 8GB version of the Nexus 7 has a (front-facing) camera and a GPS unit, both of which the $160US Kindle Fire lack. It also has a 1280x800px screen, compared to the 1280×600 screen on the Kindle Fire. Not mentioning these differences and making the price comparison with a 16GB Nexus 7 adds up to an article that… isn’t as helpful to readers as it could be.