Amazon Unveils Spiffy New Kindle Devices Starting at $69

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B.A.Frayd

Just when I was convinced I was going to get a Nexus 7...

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Mayhemm

International shipment available on any of these?

Last I checked, I couldn't even GET a Kindle Fire here in Canada. Same policy for these new models, Amazon?

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vrmlbasic

" with an optional $50/year data plan that allows 250MB per month, 20GB of cloud storage"

Wow, 250 MB of data a month? And that's the _only_ data plan available (with surcharges for overages)??! It's nice that we won't have to deal directly with a 3rd party cellular company (eg:At&t) to get 4G with this thing, but 250 MB is puny. Their own promo material talks about how an SD movie is 500 MB and HD video can easily be 2 GB.

If you had your 20 GB of cloud storage filled, it would take 80 months to download it all :( A bit ridiculous. So I ask, is access to their cloud in some way unrestricted by the data cap?

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John Pombrio

A lot of folks find that most of their data transfers occur at home or the office over a WiFI setup. That leaves only the occasional on line hit on Google and web pages. That is what the MPC writers wrote that they did recently about smartphones.

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j_j_montez

For around $4 a month, I wouldn't mind. I think that 250MB is only intended for email, social networking, maps, and occasional youtube-type videos. Anything else, they would want you to use WiFi. But I do agree that they should at least offer the option of more. Why not offer a way to make more money?

My biggest beef with the Fires is the lack of expandable storage. I have terabytes of my own media, and no streaming service can match my media server. I'm still waiting for an inexpensive tablet to offer that.

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LaughingGravy

According to the product page for the Fire 4G LTE version at Amazon, "If you need more data, additional 3 GB and 5 GB data plans are also available for purchase."

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ronmccord

I have been waiting for them to upgrade the kindle fire with more ram, its primary use is to watch videos when flying and check email or some webpages. I use my laptop for anything more intensive but nice to have this little gadget with you, when you need to take a nap on a long flight just put it in pouch in front of you, watch a few movies makes a 5 or 7 hr flight go much faster. Glad they are keeping the price the same, Apple is just too expensive and too limiting in what you can do. I gave up on them when there software would not work on my new pc. Along with no viable gaming computers and the same boring style why do people keep overpaying for it? Most apple users are just followers and really don't know why its really better or deserves a hefty markup? Remember made in China and the hardware is the same as anywhere else just usually more feeble.

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Landstander

Kind of disappointed that the Paperwhite doesn't have physical page turning buttons. I started with the Kindle Keyboard and I've grown quite accustomed to turning the page with one hand. I don't like the thought of moving my thumb to press a touchscreen. It seems like an awkward movement and eventually wear is going to start to show on the screen.

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John Pombrio

Just prepurchased the WiFi paperwhite. I love my regular Kindle so this is a no brainer. The Ads can easily be deleted from the reader when the WiFi is turned off...

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jraschke11

I purchased the original Kindle Fire when it came out last year as a media consumption device for my three year old.

At this point, you could not give me that new 8.9" HD for FREE as long as it is running that crippled "Android" operating system.

Nexus 10 Nexus 10 Nexus 10 PLEASE GOOGLE!!

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Valor958

Well... crud, we'll never enjoy these. They have rounded corners....

Past the shot at Apple, these look amazing and I'm very much looking forward to them. My wife plans to upgrade her Kindle Keyboard to a new Fire later this year and at $159... I'm ok with that.

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bloodgain

Good write-up, Paul.

Any idea when we'll see some reviews?

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chiroho

In the article you indicate that the new Kindle Paperwhite is a backlit tablet, but I've seen other sources (Ars) indicate that it's frontlit - which makes a HUGE difference on the eyes when reading for longer periods of time.

Which is it?

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Paul_Lilly

Frontlit -- good catch!

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bloodgain

Oh, good point. Engadget and Gizmodo both say front-lit, and I believe them.

In fact, Gizmodo's write-up states "it could almost pass for backlit." They go on to explain that it's 4 LEDs shining into a optical glass superstratum that has special imprinting to capture less light near the LEDs (where it's brightest) and more farther away, resulting in very even lighting.