Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire today, a 7-inch Android tablet for $US199 — a good 300 bucks cheaper than the iPad. Amazon also will be offering regular and touch Kindles at seriously attractive prices, starting at $US79. Further sweetening the pot, free 3G will be offered in the Kindle touch 3G.Amazon's making it almost impossible not to own a Kindle in one form or another. If you just want an ereader, the $US79 Kindle is 30 per cent lighter (170g) than previous Kindles. A $US99 version will add touch navigation. And the top-of-the-line Kindle touch 3G is $US149, with the free 3G access. All three models still sport the e-ink technology.
The Kindle Fire Tablet is the big announcement, today, however. This souped-up Kindle is also an Android tablet. To get to the inexpensive $US199 price point, Amazon left out a camera and microphone, and it will only be available with Wi-Fi, not 3G.
What do you think? Will you be buying a Kindle?