1Amazon’s Latest Kindles, Fire HD Tablets Boast More Speed, Storage
by Todd R. Weiss
2Fire HD Family Boasts Four New Members
These are the new Fire HD models, including (from left to right) the 7-inch Fire, the 6-inch Fire, the HDX 8.9 and Kids Edition tablets.
3Kindle Voyage E-Reader Comes With Paperwhite Display
The new Kindle Voyage e-reader sells for $199 and includes a new Paperwhite display and free 3G wireless capabilities, which lets users download and read ebooks in more than 100 countries, even when they can’t find a WiFi hotspot.
4Pencil-Thin Voyage Features New Page-Turning System
The new Voyage has a side profile that’s only as thick as a pencil, which makes the e-reader lighter and easier to hold for reading. Plus, it features a new page-turning system called PagePress, which lets users turn pages by a light thumb press.
5Standard Kindle Holds 2,000 Books
The all-new Kindle sells for $79 and will hold some 2,000 books, which is more than twice the storage of the previous model.
6Outdoor Reading, Even in Bright Sunlight
With their purpose-built electronic ink screens that look like paper, the Kindles fight glare and are easy to read, even in bright sunlight, according to Amazon.
7New Fire HD Tablets Available in 6- and 7-Inch Screen Sizes
The Fire HD tablets feature 6-inch or 7-inch screen sizes, quad-core processors running at up to 1.5GHz, front- and rear-facing cameras, and HD displays covered by Gorilla Glass.
8Fire HD Tablets Come in a Rainbow of Colors
The new Fire HD tablets each come in five colors: black, white, cobalt, magenta and citron. The 6-inch Fire HD retails for $99 for the 8GB model and $119 for the 16GB model, while the 7-inch Fire HD retails for $139 for the 8GB model or $159 for the 16GB model.
9Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet Offers Range of Storage, Connectivity Options
The latest HDX 8.9 tablet with WiFi retails for $379 for the 16GB model, $429 for the 32GB model and $479 for the 64GB model. The 4G-capable versions sell for $529 for the 32GB model and $579 for the 64GB model.
10Optional Detachable Keyboard for HDX 8.9
The HDX 8.9 tablet, which includes a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor and Dynamic Light Control that makes the pages resemble real paper in different lighting conditions, also offers an optional $59.99 detachable Fire keyboard with a trackpad.
11Soft, Protective Shell Casing Protects Fire HD Kids Edition
This all-new tablet has a quad-core processor, an HD display, front and rear cameras, and a soft, protective casing that can take bumps and bangs caused by younger users. The 6-inch Kids model retails for $149, while the 7-inch model retails for $189.
12Kids Edition Comes With Breakage Warranty
The Kids Edition even includes a two-year, no-questions-asked warranty replacement policy that covers breakage, as well as a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited service, giving young users free, unlimited access to 5,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps and games.