Great new products all around at Amazon's event in New York, but the Kindle Fire looks stellar:
The Kindle Fire will have a 7-inch display and sell for $199, compared with $499 for Apple's cheapest iPad, Amazon executives said in interviews with Bloomberg Businessweek.
The Kindle Fire doesn't have an embedded camera or a microphone. The device offers Wi-Fi connectivity, though not 3G access, and comes with a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, the company's $79-a-year membership service that includes streaming video and free two-day shipping. Amazon has painted over the rough surfaces of Google's Android operating system with a fresh and easy-to-use interface and tied the device closely to its own large and growing content library of movies, magazines and music.
Amazon's using the strategy Google should have followed, and encouraged their OEMs to follow, all along — don't try to mimic the iPad, create a unique product that plays to your company's strengths.