Looks good, the 16gb model priced at £159, and has HDMI which is something I wanted.
Apparently the Kindle Fire HD UK release date is set for mid October.
For me I think it depends on whether it is a vanilla Android experience or whether you are forced into Amazon’s way of doing things. I heard the original Fire was very closely tied to Amazon but, as it wasn’t available in the UK, I didn’t look into it that closely.
Hardware and price seem to be in Amazon’s favour?
I won’t be replacing my Nexus 7 any time soon, it’ll be a couple of years before that happens (well, we’ll see..!!)
What could Google do next to respond?
Looks like there are three options:
Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16GB £159
Kindle Fire HD 7″ 32GB £199
Kindle Fire 7″ 8GB £129
They all look really good. I’m happy with my Nexus though – apparently the Kindle Fires are really tied in to Amazon.
There’s a new cheaper version of the Kindle too at £69.
I suppose the next step for the Nexus is 10″ or 3G.
TBH, I’m just really happy there’s another big-name backed Android tablet around and at a really good price too, as anything which chips away at Apple’s large market share can only be a good thing (I’m not an Apple hater, but I like choice), and as good as Samsung’s range is, they’ve never struck me as particularly exciting.
Don’t know if Android tablet will ever get a larger share than the iPad, but the market has definitely got more interesting!
Yes, I agree with FishCake. I own Apple products, I think they are OK, but I don’t like the idea of one company being so dominant. We’ve had enough of that with desktops and Windows and it’s nice to see things opening up thanks to mobile tech.
I have an Nexus now, but when I come to renew it’s nice to think I’ll be able to chose a tablet that suits my preference rather than a limited choice from Apple .
Wendelius on the Digital Fix forums linked to a couple of Kindle Fire reviews, which look interesting but I haven’t had a chance to read them yet: