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Old 18th Nov 2011, 14:29   #1
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Rumour: KindlePhone in 2012?

Amazon could release a KindlePhone next year, presumably based on Kindle Fire tech.

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardwar...hone-in-2012/1

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Old 18th Nov 2011, 14:55   #2
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Amazon could release a KindlePhone next year, presumably based on Kindle Fire tech.

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardwar...hone-in-2012/1

I have got a kindle phone, its an android phone with kindle app installed. The software is brilliant, access to my library and syncs over mobile broadband. on a phone. seems a bit redunant to me particularly since if it is like the Fire tab it is android too but without android market, crazy!
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...Kindle Phone? Really?

Somehow, I can't see a device that began life as an e-book reader and moved on to being a multimedia tablet breaking in to the phone market. If it's just going to be a variation on Android, why not just buy an Android?

As the above poster said, there's already a Kindle application on Android. Can't help but feel like this'll be completely redundant and flop.
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This is why amazon shouldn't have used the kindle name for the kindlefire.
There's no reason amazon can't produce a tablets or phones however they'll be using a backlit screen so therefore are in no way a reading device and shouldbe treated as such.
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*sigh* every time I see news about colour Kindles I worry a little. Surely the appeal of a Kindle is that it isn't an eye straining back lit screen or is that just me being stupid?

Why go and dilute the brand by sticking the name on everything?

The kindle fire I can just about handle, even if it is a back lit IPS screen, but the unless the phone is a crazy e-ink wonder then I just don't want to know.
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Can see this as a natural step tbh. Probably something with a larger screen, 4.65inch maybe? Running Android. Kindle has become quite a well known brand, but they'll have to make sure people know that it runs Android Apps and isn't just for reading books. Some Apple style ads would do well to convey that and lets be honest any competition to Apple in the Smartphone market is good competition
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What on earth is the point? I don't get this as an idea at all. An Amazon tablet makes sense as a consumption tablet - everyone associates Amazon with books and DVDs etc. But an Amazon phone? Why??

I'd rather they just got on and thought about other countries maybe wanting some of the stuff they already do - like the Fire and the Kindle Touch. Pent up market right there.. and no risk even.
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I think this is an example of a gadget that very few of the folk on bit-tech will care about, but which might actually do rather well. Kindle is a very strong brand - depending on whether the Fire takes off I can see this becoming quite popular with non-techies.
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kindle fire has no EU launch date and is unlikely to get one as they cant even deliver enough for the US market which makes me think that we wont ever see it this side of the pond

its a great device sure but when will us UK foke get to see it 10 years time?

it does not run all andriod apps to person above it runs a limited selection of them that amazon controls

so for amazon phone great for USA fokes but us none USA fokes wont ever see it so it goes under MEH same as COD review lol
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unless the phone is a crazy e-ink wonder then I just don't want to know.
^Emphatically this! Give me a largish phone with an e-ink screen and optional side light for when I need to use it in the dark as anything and I'm in. No colour, no backlight (no touch screen for me either but I realise that others like this idea) and it sounds like a plan.

Look at it this way - how much do you actually need colour on a phone? Not much really, we survived a very long time without and it isn't essential now. My first mobile phone was an LCD screen with 3 lines of text! It did the job, lasted for years and I was sad to lose it. An e-ink screen is a significant power saver, it shows what you need to see with near perfect clarity if there's a light source and is minimally affected by glare - something that can't be said for most mobile phone screens.
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The first iteration of the Fire sounds pretty good for a device rushed out for Xmas so I'm looking forward to the next version and if they can do a similar, cheap phone then I'd certainly be interested. If they bundle them with a Prime deal like the US have, they'll sell really well.
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...Kindle Phone? Really?

Somehow, I can't see a device that began life as an e-book reader and moved on to being a multimedia tablet breaking in to the phone market. If it's just going to be a variation on Android, why not just buy an Android?

As the above poster said, there's already a Kindle application on Android. Can't help but feel like this'll be completely redundant and flop.
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would be something like a Samsung note, no?
A tablet/phone hybrid.
(apart from that beeing available now)
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kindle fire has no EU launch date and is unlikely to get one as they cant even deliver enough for the US market which makes me think that we wont ever see it this side of the pond

its a great device sure but when will us UK foke get to see it 10 years time?

it does not run all andriod apps to person above it runs a limited selection of them that amazon controls

so for amazon phone great for USA folks but us non USA folks won't ever see it so it goes under MEH same as COD review lol
It should run any android App, all you need to do is side load it from the SD card. Also Amazon does not control the apps in their market. The limited selection they have is still quite large and are apps that they know work on their device. All they are doing is bringing a little of the Apple marketplace ethos to the android market place.

The reason we do not have the Kindle Fire in the UK is not down to stock issues. The Kindle fire requires the Amazon Market place to function fully. Something that has not yet been launched over here.
Once they pull their finger out and launch the App store in the UK then they can launch the Kindle Fire.

I really like Amazons e-book and Audio book offerings, they just need to start leveling the playing field between the US and UK, as we miss out on a lot of what the Americans get, mainly due to licencing issues I believe.
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