Amazon issued an update yesterday to the $199 Kindle Fire that is supposed to fix some of the mainstream problems, but we are still a fan of the Kindle-as-iPad-app that also got an update this morning.
The Kindle iPhone and iPad app were given a significant update, bringing it up to version 2.9 and introducing many new and highly requested features.
First up are a few iPad specific changes, such as a new user interface for magazines on the larger screen, and you now have the ability to “read print replica textbooks” with support for layout and rich formatting of the print editions, notes, zoom and pan, and table of contents.
When it comes to updates that apply to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, you can now email documents to your “Send-to-Kindle” address to store in Amazon Cloud, open PDFs from within Safari or Mail by sending them to your Send-to-Kindle address. Moreover, a new library organization view lets you manage content from Newsstand, Docs, and Kindle Books.
You can grab the Kindle iOS app as a universal download from the App Store (iTunes link). Check out a full list of changes below:
Not so fast.
There is exactly one model of Kindle Fire, while there are about 16 models of iPad, two of which are second and third on the list and iPads make up a majority of the top 15 list. Did number 1 outnumber #2+#3+#5+#6…?
Could the Fire be the top selling tablet at Best Buy still? Sure (unlikely), but there is no way to tell from the data provided.
And that’s before you get the to the whole $199, making money on the razor blades business model. Read more
Barnes and Noble announced their Nook Tablet today, a successor to their now $199 Nook Color. The $249 dual core tablet is aimed squarely at the $199 Kindle Fire but has 10GB more (16GB total) storage and the ability to add up to 32GB via micro SD card. It also has a superior screen to the Kindle and the popular Hulu Plus and of course Neflix for watching videos. The app library is a much smaller subset of the Android market, however it is curated much better so only quality apps are allowed in.
Although we hear it a lot, the Nook Tablet or the Kindle Fire aren’t really competitors to the iPad. Realistically, if you have a budget for a $500-$830 iPad, you aren’t considering a $200 alternative … and vice versa. Sure all are “tablets” but it is like comparing a netbook to a MacBook Pro.
If anything, these cheap 7-inch tablets are competition for the $188 iPod touch (though with increased portability, superior app and content ecosystem and cameras -that too is a stretch). Price, being one of the biggest purchase considerations, puts these things more in line with the lower priced iPods. For people who want a bigger screen and don’t consider the many other advantages to being in the Apple ecosystem a plus, these might make sense.
If you had a choice between the two, would you choose a $199/$249 Nook or a $199 Kindle Fire?Read more
As it passes into Monday in Australia and across the World, the Steve Jobs bio is hitting the iBookstore (full shot below). It is still a $16.99 pre-order in the US but should become available at midnight tonight. It also hasn’t begun shipping in hardcover form from Amazon $17.88, but the Kindle downloads should be available at about the same time. We saw that some bookstores had begun stocking them prematurely yesterday and readers have been sending in lots of scanned pages since then (thanks).
Today isn’t a particularly heavy newsday so we thought we’d bring in some small stuff from around the web. First up is Canon’s new calculator mouse. I’m not sure I’d use the calculator enough to warrant a switch from my Apple hardware. Maybe during tax season.
Next up, use an iPhone and brain waves to shift gears on a bike… Read more