Educational Technology

September 28, 2011

Amazon’s Kindle Fire; At $199, finally a viable college tablet

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 4:18 pm

By Zack Whittaker, ZD Net

Amazon’s next-generation Kindle, the “Fire” has been announced and demonstrated this morning. Finally, college students have a cheaper iPad alternative. Finally — at long last, something to appease the student market. Priced at $199, the Android-powered tablet is the next-generation Kindle, boasting a 7-inch, colour display with Wi-Fi connectivity — but without a camera, microphone, or a 3G connection. The last three points alone — if anything — bolsters the impending relationship between the upcoming tablet and college students. Though 3G is not a necessity for a college-focused laptop, Wi-Fi functionality often designated to campus and the college library is a must. But the killer feature here is the price: at $199, it is a viable competitor to the iPad in at least student circles.;siu-container

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