Amazon intros game-playing Kindle Fire

Online retailer's Android-powered $200 tablet to host Plants vs. Zombies and Angry Birds in addition to books, music, movies.

To date, Amazon's line of Kindle readers has focused on delivering users a single medium: books. However, today the online retailer announced the Kindle Fire, a new device designed not only for books, but also for music, movies, TV shows, and games.

Amazon today debuted the Kindle Fire.

Set for a November 15 launch, the $200 Kindle Fire is an Android-powered tablet with a 7-inch color touch screen. It will also feature a Web browser, email, and a variety of apps and games, including Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Additionally, Amazon has said one paid app would be made free every day, ensuring that even thrifty users can add new content on a regular basis.

The Kindle Fire features 8GB of on-board storage, which the retailer said is enough to hold dozens of apps, in addition to 10 movies, 600 songs, or 8,000 books. However, Amazon designed the Fire around its cloud storage options, so users can stream or download their content remotely with the assistance of a Wi-Fi connection. Unlike some previous Kindle models, the Fire does not have 3G networking features.

For more on the Fire, check out GameSpot sister site CNET's full coverage.

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Blue-Diamond
Blue-Diamond

My son just got me a Kindle Fire 7" as a surprise. I'm surprise at all that it does, I would not have purchased one myself, but I'm loving it. I've only had it a day and I've loaded all sorts of stuff and only used about $20.00 for downloads and they even have sample of books you can look at. The Audio could be better but it will work. I was surprised it even had audio. This is the e-mail I sent my son last night. Kindle Fire is pretty cool. I have 3 games including MINECRAFT SKIN, PLANTS VS ZOMBIES, ASPHALT RACE GAME (this game is sweet, you turn the Kindle for driving and turbo is right tap and brake/draft is left tap) AND A FREE CHESS GAME. One book Stephen Kings Mile 81 and a bunch of Sample books (mostly about Computers I already own most of them but it would be nice to look at them on here) TV.COM NETFLIX PANDORA Maximum PC (for some reason had to pay for it, but not bad 12.00 a year) I need to start the e-mail and facebook apps. This is pretty wild, I didn’t know it could do all this. This will keep me busy, when I have to go on the run somewhere. Thanks son.

starduke
starduke

For books, I'd stick with my Kindle Keyboard. Back-lit screens hurt my eyes when I try to read them, and my Kindle K is just like reading an actual book. However, I want the Kindle Fire for everything else Amazon has, the movies, the games, etc.

timmy0001
timmy0001

I recently got rid of my iPhone because I hated it and decided it would be better to carry a standard cell phone and a tablet instead. With this sort of price point it is totally worth it. It just goes to show how ridiculous the markup is on Apple products. Plus they are so overrated.

Serious
Serious

I have a Kindle 2. didn't bother to upgrade to Kindle 3. I would like to get the Kindle Touch 3G for the faster page turning Pearl E-ink and improved Amazon Store.

rasheeq_07
rasheeq_07

pre-ordered one a few minutes ago.

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

pretty nice but i dont need one right now

woodyfr
woodyfr

First look : A Copy/Paste from iOS even with the shape of the icons. Who will be more creative than them ? It's too easy Amazon.

firebladedx
firebladedx

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torbonator
torbonator

makes the kindle a more attractive prospect for a purchase.... but I like my books and my ps3

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

Meh...sounds as gay as not reading a real book to save the trees.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

This is awesome a kindle tablet with 8GB flash memory. An Android powered computer tablet/E-reader with multimedia functionality including the ability to play videogames like Plants VS Zombies (which is actually fun) and Angry Birds. For $199.99 a 7 inch capasistive touch screen computer tablet. abeit lower end and no 3G but with e-reading Kindle is known for but now with gaming capabitities. I am so there, That is a price worth paying to see if tablets are really the next generation handheld portable videogaming machines. The Kindle Fire could be the Apple iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy, and even the Wii U. Killer(s) Amazon could do it if the gaming part works out for them. They are not known for gaming download service delivery at this time. But if The Kindle Fire tablet were to be excellent for gaming...

conkerton
conkerton

Amazon should just get its balls up and join the game devoloping business. I have their first major game idea. Its called "Where is my F*CKING PACKAGE!" where you have to take complaint calls from angry customers.

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

Competition is great! and it's exactly what that industry needs. Time to end the iron grip of the iPad (coming from a Mac and iPhone owner)

Finale_Wanderer
Finale_Wanderer

With this being a tablet and not a designated gaming platform it's weird to see this on Gamespot. It's not glare free as it uses LCD and not e-ink. E-ink is only able to be two colors because of how it works electrochemically. (Black for one charge, white for the other charge... not sure which +/- goes to which but I assume black for positive and white for negative). Having hype for a phone based game like Angry Birds or Plants vs. Zombies doesn't make much sense to me, yeah they're fun games but I'd rather play games on designated portable system on the go. The game on 3DS and Vita look more promising than some application on an android OS or iOS cell phone, tablet, or iPod.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

At $199.00 price point with the features listed so far, this is going to make some huge waves this holiday season. As long as Amazon releases a strong product at that price, I'm very interested to see how it stands up to the iPad.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

That this thing is $200 changes everything. Apple is stubborn, but they WILL lose sales of iPads due to this.

userzero
userzero

I'll stick with my old kindle for now

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

A cheap basic tablet that appears as if it would be good for digital magazines and newspapers? I am intrigued, very intrigued, will definitely look into once it gets a Canadian launch date. As for the people complaining that this doesn't do E-Ink, Amazon did also release an update to the Kindle line of E-Readers, if that is what you want then you do have a lot of choice in them now. Also, what did you expect out of a tablet? E-Ink refreshes way to slowly to be used as a tablet screen.

moose3469
moose3469

Add an SD card slot and Im sold... twice.

freedomspopular
freedomspopular

"Additionally, Amazon has said one paid app would be made free every day, ensuring that even thrifty users can add new content on a regular basis." They already do this with their App Store.

Icehearted
Icehearted

@Evenios IIRC this will be a dual core, probably clocked at over 2ghz. The Nook Color is running on 900mhz. The difference in processing power should be pretty substantial. Edit: my bad, the Nook Color is using a 800 mhz processor.

zzamaro
zzamaro

Nintendo should be worried now :lol:

stziggy
stziggy

The wallet will be opening for this one.

Evenios
Evenios

if it can be faster and less sluggish then the nook color this could be a winner. I have an ipad already so no need for me..but could be a plus for many people!

Mausolus
Mausolus

The best thing about this device is the price. $500 for an ipad or $200 for a Fire... hmmm.... Oh yeah it supports Adobe Flash! I can play free flash games on it too! Sold.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

I already got handheld devices that can play games. I'm more excited about the color part. Maybe they'll bring more comic books and graphic novels to it now. I hope it's still glare-free.

Icehearted
Icehearted

I'm not a huge fan of the size, but everything else sounds fabulous. There are lots of hotspots all over the place, many new hotspots being added all the time, so the missing 3G is no big deal. My first concern is the browser capability, my second is the lack of Android Market support since I own apps from both that site and Amazon. Couple this with prime and it seems pretty sweet overall.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Ironically, I was always wondering to myself when Amazon would fire back on B&N w/ something comparable to their Nook color. Looks like they've finally stepped into the same game w/ them; and w/ them making about $50 cheaper than the Nook color it'd be interesting to see what B&N does.

almossbb
almossbb

@Freezezzy its because of business, everyone wants to tap into things that make money, for example the kinect and psmove...

almossbb
almossbb

GOD THERE ARE TOO MANY TABLETS THESE DAYS. im sick of it...

a_ndy
a_ndy

It's beautiful, but touchscreen means no e-Ink? That's the best part...

Triton
Triton

Still not comparing Apples to Apples. But what the hey, if smaller and less makes you happy, enjoy. I think Kindle comes out with more models per year than anyone else. Sooner or later they may have something to offer folks of every budget. Buy what you can afford / need and be happy with it.

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

ANOTHER TABLET? ARE YOU SERIOUS?

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

This seems wrong for some reason. I mean, the whole point of this device was to be a portable reading library. Something to help promote literacy, and make reading more convenient. Now they're adding gaming to it? Why? There's already a device for that: a Tablet PC! The pic shown above just looks like an iPad. Again, I say: Why?

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

$200 for something that can do almost everything the iPad can do...... ABOUT TIME SOMEONE GOT THE PRICE RIGHT !!

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Amazon just made a tablet like every other tablet. The thing that sets e-readers apart is the e-ink. That's whole purpose for buying one instead of a tablet. It's easy on the eyes and works in direct light, just like a book page. This is just another tablet because it has an "IPS display," which is an LCD technology. So Amazon officially entered the tablet market. That's all.

Subterfuge
Subterfuge

Man, i just bought a Kindle last month! If this new version had 3G, I would probably be selling it.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I was torn between waiting for a Tegra 3 tablet, or buying an inexpensive tablet for casual use. If Kindle Fire was 10" at $200 I would pre-order right now. Either way, this has a chance to grab some i-market shares.

chisoxrule
chisoxrule

Don't know about this but my Nook Color supports comics although I have to convert them first.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

ugg! The whole point of a Kindle is to get the paper print feel so-as not to strain your eyes...otherwise this is just another stupid iPad...lame.

vadicta
vadicta

So then... They're still not supporting comics?

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

Good for the people interested in it I guess. I myself i'm satisfied enough with just books in my kindle (:

Cantido
Cantido

So THIS is the reason I was waiting on the Kindle! So glad I waited, because this is excellent.

QuartrGuy
QuartrGuy

I wonder if Nintendo is worried about this... Nah.

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

apple: oh ****! the ipad "killer"?, i maybe buy THAT, with a ipad!....later!