Amazon, Kobo Announce New eReaders And Tablets

Amazon, Kobo Announce New eReaders & Tablets

via Gizmodo

Amazon made a huge splash yesterday with its updated line of eReaders and tablets. Let's begin...

First up was the Kindle Fire HD. There are three models--a 7-inch tablet, and two 8.9-inch versions, one with 4G and one without. The smaller tablet is $199, and the larger tablet is $299, bumping up to $499 if you want 4G. The coverage costs extra, too--$49.99 a year, and it comes with 250 MB of data per month and 20 GB cloud storage. That's not enough for streaming video on a daily basis, but it's decent. 

Next up are the eReaders--Amazon unveiled the Kindle Paperwhite, their answer to the backlit Nook that came out a few months ago. They've added more pixels and increased the contrast. Word from the floor is the backlighting looks pretty and smooth, though with a bit more lag than older models.

The Paperwhite will cost $179 with 3G, and $119 without. The base-model Kindle is now $69.

Gizmodo has a pretty good roundup of what was announced, and you can see that here

Kobo, meanwhile, announced a new tablet, the Kobo Arc, replacing the Vox. The 8 GB model will cost $199.99 CAD, and the 16 GB model will sell for $249.99 CAD. The company also announced two new eReaders: the Kobo Mini, a bare bones eReader priced at $79.99 CAD, and the Kobo Glo, a backlit reader retailing for $129.99 CAD. 

Click over to Wired to find out the specs and details on the Kobo equipment

So... that's a lot. What do you think? I'm not going to lie, I like the look of the Kindle Paperwhite. I have the basic Kindle, and I like it, but I think the backlight might be enough to upgrade. And $69 for a base model Kindle?! They're getting closer and closer to impulse buy territory...

Who's buying what?

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Dwayne's picture
Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated September 7, 2012 - 3:46pm

How bad is it the impluse for me is stopped only by trying to pick out which one I want?

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pkanom September 7, 2012 - 4:00pm

I returned two malfunctioning kindles within a year... maybe this version is more sturdy?


Dwayne's picture
Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated September 7, 2012 - 5:36pm

@pkanom - Oddly, mine Kindle 3G is holding up better then some paperbacks I've owned. I'll totally admit that is most likely dumb luck. What type did/do you have?

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pkanom September 8, 2012 - 3:44am

It was a 3G one, before the "touch" generation came along. The first one froze within 4 months while I was reading it. Amazon replaced it but I had to send them the defective by UPS, so it really meant the same as buying a new one. The second one I think I pretty much broke it  (knelt on top of it as it was under the covers in my bed)


I'm planning on getting a new one, but they're updating so fast as of late...