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Amazon’s Fire: A Cloud-Powered Contender

Posted on: 1 October 2011


The Kindle Fire tablet doesn’t quite match the aesthetics of an iPad. It doesn’t sport the same delicate curves or metallic body, for example. But most people won’t care. What’s most exciting is that it comes close to matching the iPad experience for a fraction of the price—$199 compared to $499 for the basic iPad 2—and it offers easy access to Amazon’s vast array of digital content. Like the iPad, the Fire has a color touch screen, can play video, and runs apps. It uses Google’s Android operating system, but it’s a heavily modified version of that system, so the experience is very different from that on other Android tablets. But the most important difference is Amazon’s use of cloud technology and the content libraries it’s built up over the last few years to deliver content to the Fire. Read more

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