A couple of days ago Apple announced the much awaited iPad Mini and the completely unexpected iPad 4. Apple fans were excited of course, but nothing really changed in the tablet market: Microsoft continues working on its Surface, Samsung’s Galaxy tabs are still very popular and Amazon continues promoting its Kindle Fire devices, which are actually able to compete with any tablet on the market, even the iPad.
Up to now only people from the US had the opportunity to see how cool Amazon’s tablets are, but now – finally – the retailer is going to bring its Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD to Europe, too, and today the tablets will be available in the UK.
The original Kindle Fire will come in an 8GB version only, and it’ll cost only £129 (€159, $208). The Kindle Fire HD comes with 16GB and 32GB storage versions, and they’ll be sold for £159 (€199, $256) and £199 (€249, $321), respectively. I can’t think of another tablet on the market that is as cheap as the Kindle Fires, and I guess that’s what makes them so competitive and popular. The 16GB iPad Mini, for example, can be pre-ordered for $329, which is $73 more than the 16GB Kindle Fire HD, while both tablets come with almost similar touchscreens and specs.
The original Kindle Fire comes with a 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution. It’s powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 4400 mAh battery. The upgraded version of the tablet has a higher resolution at 1280 x 800 pixels and a bit more powerful 1.2 GHz processor. They both run Android, but the original model has Gingerbread, while the HD model has the never Ice Cream Sandwich.