Amazon sure made a buzz today when they launched the new line of Kindles. The more basic ones (with really impressive price tags) are All-new Kindle (price-dropped to $79), the Kindle Touch ($99, wi-fi + 6" e-ink display), Kindle Touch 3G ($149, 3G + Wi-fi + 6" e-ink display) but the one everybody’s talking about now is the Kindle Fire ($199).
The Kindle Fire sports a dual-core processor, a 7" color touchscreen protected with Gorilla glass (chemically strengthened to be 30 times harder than plastic) with a rubberized backside as well as free storage in the Amazon Cloud and a new web browser (Amazon Silk) which utilizes the cloud to speed up the browsing experience. According to Gizmodo the performance is amazing as well. Although it hasn’t right now, it’ll have a native e-mail client soon, as well as the ability to read Office documents.
There’s no shortage of content for it either, there’s 100,000 movies and TV shows available from Amazon Instant Video, 1,000,000 Kindle books and over 17,000,000 songs at Amazon MP3. Add compatibility with Android apps and games and you’re set (yup, you’ll get your Angry Birds).
So, this serious iPad competitor is yours for a mere $199 and will start shipping November 15th. I bet someone’s uneasy over in Cupertino all of a sudden.
Amazon.com: Kindle Fire ($199)
Belkin’s Chef Stand + Stylus is designed to make cooking while using your iPad / tablet a whole lot easier (or, less messy at least). The case-compatible stand sports a non-slip rubber base and the magnetic tip on the wand works with any touchscreen.
Belkin.com: Chef Stand + Stylus ($39.99)
This is AlessiTab, a new tablet from Italian Alessi sporting a 10.1" HD touchscreen and running Android 2.1 with graphics by Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni. This device aims at becoming a natural helper in the Italian kitchen, and I sure wouldn’t mind having one in mine.
“The idea was to develop a contemporary instrument such as the Tablet, but to use it in another way, turning it into the focal point of advanced household communications in the third millennium. We believe that this product, more than any other and perhaps uniquely, perfectly summarizes technology and our attachment to our homes.”
“AlessiTab” is particularly innovative in the kitchen: the cook of the family, as well as enthusiastic foodies, will find recipes for all tastes, which they can easily browse and consult by using the screen in its 30° degree position while they are at work.
Other technical specs include auto-rotation, 1GB RAM, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, DVB-T with antenna, integrated microphone and camera, HDMI output, USB port and a SD card reader.
The AlessiTab will be on sale in Italy from November, there’s no word on pricing yet though.
RIM announced the Blackberry PlayBook at their BlackBerry Developer Conference. This slick tablet weighs less than a pound and sports a 7" 1024×600 WSVGA LCD-display with full multi-touch and gesture support, 1 GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 1080p HD video playback (H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV) and MP3, AAC, WMA audio playback, HDMI video output, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and microHDMI + microUSB connectors.
The PlayBook runs Blackberry Tablet OS, a QNX-based multi-tasking operating system and the application platform is open, supporting WebKit/HTML5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, OpenGL and Java.
The PlayBook won’t have support for 3G or 4G at first, but models supporting both will be available in the future. The launch date for the first model is expected to be sometime during early 2011 in the U.S. and then rollouts to international markets soon thereafter.