There are new Kindle line up on Amazon site. They have re-designed the Kindle, and one of them is with Touch capability. The cheapest Kindle you can buy is $79 and there is no 3G with it, and not a touch screen. The rest of the line up will be out in November 2011, with the Touch in November 21st, and Kindle Fire on the 15th of November. Price starting at $99 for the Touch version of Kindle, and the older line up of Kindle is still available if you prefer one with physical keyboard called Kindle Keyboard.
You can now pre-order the Kindle Touch as well as Kindle Fire. First come first serve basis as it state in Amazon Kindle website. The one that I was thinking of pre-ordering is the Kindle Touch 3G, because I’m already imagining surfing the internet on that Globally for free would be easier on a touch screen rather than with the navigation button. However, that’s what everyone would have thought, “3G browsing anywhere in the World”. By recent announcement by Amazon to close the confusion, they have announced that browsing the internet is only by Wi-Fi. 3G can only browse Amazon website to purchase stuff at Amazon.com Globally. That means, when you are off the Wi-Fi Range, the 3G only works to browse Amazon.com store. It’s like having your own Walmart store on the palm of your hand, anywhere, anytime. Only if Amazon.com has grocery stuff, that would be the future, one stop shop for everything from a device.
Oh well then, the 3G would only be use for WhisperSync my reading bookmarks, or surf the Amazon Store. That’s about it. That’s ok, I rarely use it to browse the internet with the Kindle anyway. Reading experience feels better with the touch of the screen, but the Kindle Keyboard version isn’t hard to navigate. Even when I’m browsing the internet, I don’t need to use the navigation button to go down the page, I press on the next page button, same for reading.
What would you do with your old Kindle? I have the Kindle 2 Global Edition, and Kindle 3 3G which is now called Kindle Keyboard 3G. I wonder how the $79 Kindle works when surfing the internet in the Experimental Web Browser without physical keyboard. It’s hard to navigate with the navigational button to type. One by one you navigate to get to one key at a time which reminds me getting to the numerical on my Kindle 3. My Kindle 3 does not have the numerical on top of the keyboard, so I have to navigate through the virtual keyboard and press those number by navigating to it one by one.
All of the Kindle line up except the Kindle Fire has a price for Special Offers. Making it $40 cheaper. Amazon makes $50 a pop on the Kindle Fire, so if they were to make a Kindle Fire with Special Offer, it would be $40 cheaper, slashing the price to $159. That wouldn’t be so bad, and Amazon still makes $10, plus advertising. In the end Amazon could make more money off the Kindle Fire, since ads can be in Color rather than in Black and White, advertisers could pay premium to have their ads on Kindle Fire. Just a thought.
So which Kindle Family are you getting and why?