Amazon, Kobo Announce New eReaders And Tablets
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.
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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