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Bezos

During a Sept. 28 presentation in New York City, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos positioned the Kindle Fire as a device capable of consolidating Amazons various multimedia and cloud services onto a single piece of hardware.

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Kindle Sales

Before Bezos launched into the Kindle Fire part of his presentation, he offered a graph showing consumer uptake of Kindle e-books (red line) versus traditional books (yellow line).

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Kindle Touch

In addition to the Kindle Fire, Amazon is offering a line of revamped (but still grayscale) touch-enabled Kindle devices.

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Kindle Features

The new Kindle devices will continue to sync with Amazons cloud, and offer services via Facebook and Twitter.

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Fire

Amazons Kindle Fire faces a variety of competitors, from Barnes & Nobles Nook e-reader to the Apple iPad.

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Hardware

The Kindle Fires screen measures 7 inches, with its applications powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor. It runs a heavily modified version of Android.

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Options

The Kindle Fire offers access to periodicals (via Newsstand, seen at top), books, music, video, personal documents, applications (via the retailers online app store) and the Web.

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Amazon Silk

Amazons mobile Web browser splits processing duties between the device and Amazons EC2 Web services cloud, in theory accelerating the rendering of pages.

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Kindle Extension

Amazon views the tablet as an extension of the Kindle line (hence the name Kindle Fire) as opposed to a device with separate branding.

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Streaming

The Kindle Fire will come with a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, which includes access to Amazons Prime streaming movie service.

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Storage

Amazon is also offering free cloud storage with each Kindle Fire.

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What's Missing

Unlike some other tablets currently on the market, the Kindle Fire lacks a camera, microphone, or access to 3G or 4G LTE networks. Its WiFi only.

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Price Point

The Kindle Fires $199.99 price could prove attractive to those consumers looking for a cheaper tablet. Were building premium products at non-premium prices, Bezos said during the press conference.??í

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Storage

In addition to cloud storage, the Kindle Fire offers 8GB of internal storage.

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Battery Life

Amazon has rated the Kindle Fires battery life at roughly eight hours.

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