Amazon unveils the Kindle Fire tablet but shows no love for Canada

Amazon today unveiled its Kindle Fire tablet.

The Fire is a wifi-only, 7-inch, Android 3.1-powered tablet priced at a very low $199—less than half of the cheapest iPad at $499, thus placing it in a different market. So no matter how good this tablet is, it won't be an "iPad Killer" as many may tout—it targets different consumers, and yes, there is room for two tiers of tablets. It's something I've been suggesting Android do for a while, considering that's how the platform sells most smartphones.

The Kindle Fire features an impressive 1GHz dual-core processor but lacks both a rear and front-facing camera. However, it does feature a cloud-based web broswer dubbed Amazon Silk, suggesting a smooth experience.

U.S. availability is slated for mid-November with pre-orders already open. Canada, meanwhile, doesn't even have a release date. Lame.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection., Inc., seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. and other... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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