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Amazon announced on Wednesday the 28th it’s release of the Kindle Fire, a new tablet computer. It received 95,000 pre-orders on it’s first day, which isn't scheduled to ship out until November 15th.

Amazon's new Kindle Fire

But what’s so special about the Fire? It’s functions fore the most part like a super Kindle, but runs the Android operating system. Plus, it only costs $199.  Other tablet computers of the same size cost more: Acer’s is $329, HTC’s is $499, Blackberry’s Playbook starts at $299, and Samsung’s Galaxy starts at $430.  The Amazon Kindle Fire is the best value you will find on the market.

Kindle Fire Commercial

So what exactly makes the Kindle Fire special?

  • A beautiful touch screen.  7in inches of a high resolution screen that can show up to 16 million colors makes your video watching and your magazine/book reading stunning. Plus, it has a wide viewing angle to make sharing trouble free.
  • It’s easy to use.  A simple touch is all you need. Spin through titles and websites right from the home screen, and select them just as easily.  
  • Content.  Through Amazon’s app store, you have access to 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books. Quick ordering, quick access, and lots and lots of options.   Don't forget special editions of magazines such as Wired come with built in video, audio, and other interactive features. Games and apps too, including a rotating daily feature of a free paid app, all which have been tested to work on the Fire as best as possible. Plus you get a free month of Amazon Prime! That’s right, access to unlimited, instant streaming and free two-day shipping.
  • It has a duel-core processor.  Which means the Fire is fast and allows you to multitask.  Listen to Bach while you read a book, or check your e-mail while you download a video.
  • Silk.  Amazon is unleashing it’s new browser Silk with the Kindle. It’s cloud powered, making it fast, and fully supports Flash.
  • Free cloud real estate.  All Amazon digital content - books, magazines, videos, music - will be stored for free on Amazon’s Cloud.
  • It’s the perfect size.  Not heavy, you can easily hold the Fire with one hand.  Plus, it fits in purses for easy transport.
  • Built in damage control.  The master chemists at Amazon built the Fire out of a material that’s 20x stiffer and 30x harder than plastic.  It’s less likely to be damaged by accidental bumps and bangs. Plus, the Kindle Fire comes with a one year warranty.
  • Mail.  The Fire comes with a built in e-mail app that allows you to check and send e-mails from all of your accounts in one place. Import messages and contacts from Gmail, Yahoo!, and Hotmail for one-stop e-mailing.
  • Whispersync.  Sync you library, last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlighted marks automatically across devices. It also saves where you are in video, so you can start watching a movie waiting for your son’s soccer practice to finish, and pick up where you left off on your TV later that night.

If that’s not enough, the Fire’s technical specs are also impressive. It’s dimensions are 7.5in x 4.7in x 0.45in, it weighs 14.5 ounces, has a battery life of 8 hours (and full charges in 4), has wi-fi access, 8GB of memory in addition to cloud storage, a USB port, and comes with a 1 year warranty.

Interested in how it works from a practical point of view? Engadget was able to sit down with an Amazon rep and was treated to a demo, complete with a Q&A session. The verdict? They really liked it.

Can’t wait to get a hold of one yourself? Go and pre-order one on Amazon.  You know someone (maybe even you) wants one for Christmas.