The Kindle Fire, Amazon’s ereader-come-tablet has been making a lot of waves on the other side of the Atlantic, with yanks snapping them up in their millions.
Hailed as a ‘game changer’ by many, the Kindle Fire has exposed that best-kept secret the tech companies don’t want us to know.
What’s the secret? The fact that it is possible to produce a good-quality device and sell it for less than half a thousand pounds.
It’s something that Samsung, BlackBerry, and Apple especially, did not want us to know. Amazon had to cut some corners here and there, but the overwhelming consensus is that, for $200, we can do without those corners.
And it looks like Amazon will not be resting on its laurels for long – it is rumoured to be preparing the next-gen Kindle Fire already.
We haven’t even had the first Kindle Fire here in the UK yet, but that doesn’t seem to matter to Amazon. So what do you need to know about the Kindle Fire 2?
Amazon Kindle Fire 2 release date
It feels a little insulting to us Brits, but the US could see the Kindle Fire 2 before we see the original Fire over here.
Rumours abound of a spring release, as Amazon aims to go head-to-head with Apple’s next-gen tablet – the iPad 3.
Amazon Kindle Fire 2 display
Part of the appeal of the Kindle Fire is its compact size, as Amazon chose to keep the design in the same vein as the rest of the Kindle series.
But with the Fire 2, we could see Amazon turn it into a device that’s more obviously a tablet, with an 8.9 inch display. We’ve also heard reports of several sizes of Fire 2 hitting the market.
3G connectivity for Amazon Kindle Fire
A big drawback for some Fire users was the Wi-Fi only access. So Amazon is rumoured to be putting 3G, or possibly LTE, into the next device.