Amazon finally made the new FIRE debut, and the wires are humming — it does look like a great product. Until we get hands on however, we’ll just have to rely on the InfoManager! Here are the best tidbits …
* Kindle Fire HD called ‘ambitious,’ unlikely to dethrone iPad
* Apple iPad vs. Amazon Kindle Fire: How tablets compare
* Spec Comparison: iPad v. Nexus 7 v. Kindle Fire HD
* Big week for gadgets ahead of new Apple iPhone
* Riding the Apple gravy train can get lumpy
* Amazon aims for iPad with Kindle Fire HD
* Magid: Hoping for an iPad mini
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Spec Comparison: iPad v. Nexus 7 v. Kindle Fire HD
Amazon announced on Thursday its new Kindle Fire HD line to replace 2011′s Kindle Fire. While Apple is expected to announce a 7.x-inch iPad mini this fall, we see the heavy hitters in the tablet market today as being Apple’s new iPad (iPad 3), Google’s Nexus 7, and the two new devices from Amazon.
574The following spec shootout between those devices is not intended to “prove” which device is definitely better, because all four have distinct advantages and disadvantages. Our spec comparison is intended to help consumers decide which device best needs their needs and wants.
Full story : The Mac Observer
Kindle Fire HD called ‘ambitious,’ but unlikely to dethrone Apple’s iPad
Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD lineup offers a variety of options at aggressive price points, but Apple’s iPad – particularly with the anticipated October launch of a so-called “iPad mini” – is expected to remain the market leader.
Analysts on Wall Street reacted to Thursday’s news of a new lineup of Kindles, declaring the hardware an improvement over the previous generation Kindle Fire and suggesting the latest devices could provide stiff competition for the Google Nexus 7 and Microsoft’s forthcoming Surface lineup. But market watchers don’t expect that the Kindle Fire HD will have much of an effect on Apple’s iPad, which currently controls a majority of the tablet market.
Full story : Apple Insider
Amazon aims for iPad with Kindle Fire HD
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos made it very clear when he announced the high-end Kindle Fire HD on Thursday: the company is gunning for Apple’s iPad, the tablet market leader by a long stretch.
The previous generation of Kindle Fire cost half as much as an entry-level iPad. But the $499 price of the new 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE matches the third-generation iPad’s starting price tag. It’s a clear challenge. But can Amazon really hold its own against Apple?
Full story : PCWorld
Magid: Hoping for an iPad mini
Larry Magid at the San Jose Mercury News writes :
We will likely see a new iPhone that’s slightly thinner and taller than the current iPhone 4s. That rumor was reinforced at the IFA trade show I attended in Berlin last week, where a case maker showed off a prototype of what appears to be the next iPhone. Also, the new phone is expected to support the cell phone carriers’ faster 4G mobile broadband networks. Of course, details about this phone are still in the rumor stage so don’t blame me if they all turn out to be false
Full story : Larry Magid at the San Jose Mercury News
Big week for gadgets ahead of new Apple iPhone
It was a big week for gadget announcements as Amazon, Nokia and Motorola all tried to generate interest in their products before Apple’s expected announcement of a new iPhone next Wednesday. Amazon announced four new Kindle Fire models and a new line of stand-alone e-readers on Thursday, a day after Nokia and Motorola unveiled five new smartphones between them.
Makers of consumer electronics are refreshing their products for the holiday shopping season. Apple’s rivals are hoping that a head start on the buzz will translate into stronger sales. Nokia and Microsoft, in particular, are trying to generate interest in a new Windows operating system out next month. The two phones announced Wednesday by Nokia are its first to run Windows Phones 8.
Full story : Huffington Post
Apple iPad vs. Amazon Kindle Fire: How tablets compare
Amazon.com Inc. unveiled new Kindle Fire models on Thursday. They are the latest challengers to the iPad and come amid expectations that Apple will start selling a mini iPad soon.
Here’s a look at the key differences between a mid-range model closest to the iPad, along with the original Kindle Fire, the iPad and other leading competitors.
Full story : Newsday
Riding the Apple gravy train can get lumpy
Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad products have proven to be bona fide hits, but a pair of companies learned Friday that hitching a ride on those hot devices is not a guarantee of success.
While the specifics of each are different, Pandora Media Inc. and Audience Inc. both took a sharp beating from investors on fears that recent moves by Apple could threaten their businesses.
Full story : MarketWatch
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