The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-book readers designed and marketed by Amazon.com. Amazon Kindle devices enable users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and other digital media via wireless networking. The hardware platform, developed by Amazon.com subsidiary Lab126, began as a single device and now comprises a range of devices – most using an E Ink electronic paper display capable of rendering 16 tones to simulate reading on paper while minimizing power consumption.
(2013) Amazon announced the next generation Kindle Paperwhite on September 3, 2013 and the Wi-Fi version will be released in the US on September 20, 2013, and the 3G/Wi-Fi version will be released on November 5, 2013. The 3G version has the same data usage restrictions as the original Paperwhite. The Paperwhite successor features a higher contrast eInk screen and improved built-in light compared to the original Paperwhite. The 25% faster processor (1 GHz) will allow for faster page turns, and the screen has an improved response to touch input. It has the same 6” screen with 212 PPI and bezel as the original Paperwhite. The software features Goodreads integration, dictionary/Wikipedia/X-Ray look-up, and Page Flip that allows you to skip ahead or back in the text in a pop-up window, and then go back to your previous page.
The Kindle Fire is a mini tablet computer version of Amazon.com’s Kindle e-book reader. Announced on September 28, 2011, the Kindle Fire has a color 7-inch multi-touch display with IPS technology and runs a forked version of Google’s Android operating system. The device – which includes access to the Amazon Appstore, streaming movies and TV shows, and Kindle’s e-books – was released to consumers in the United States on November 15, 2011.
Kindle Fire HD:
The Kindle Fire HD is the second generation of Amazon’s Kindle Fire line of color touchscreen tablet computers. It was announced on September 6, 2012 and is available in two models, 7” and 8.9”.
The 7” model contains a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 processor, which is also available on the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE, while the 8.9” model uses an OMAP 4470 processor. All three models feature Dolby audio and stereo speakers. The 7” model’s speakers are dual-driver, while the 8.9” models’ are single-driver. The device has two wifi antennas on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands which utilize MIMO to improve reception. The Kindle Fire HD also added Bluetooth connectivity allowing users to connect an array of wireless accessories including keyboards.
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