Of course Amazon's cloud storage is only available via WiFi (and then dependent on one's broadband speeds...of which media requires a healthy dose). If you don't have access to WiFi you'd better be happy with whatever you can squeeze into 8GB's of memory. That said eBooks, magazines, etc. take up very little space. However I wouldn't want to try and store a few movies, a TV show or two and some music for that next plane ride or family vacation.
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I think it has a USB slot, but I wish it had sd card reader.
It has a USB 2.0 (micro-B connector), so not a conventional USB port that you could plug a thumb drive into. An SD card slot would have been very nice...heck that would be very nice on the iPad!
The Apple model, cut down dramatically, but reportedly with an anti-rooting setup on a heavily customized Android 2.2 that means you cannot install applications without going through the Amazon App Store. If you do, the device will not run and simply display an "initialization required" dialog.
It reportedly does this through a checksum calculation that verifies the apps installed came directly from the Amazon App Store, and that the OS has not been modified or any additional apps added.
Should be interesting.
This is NOT an Android device, it's an Amazon device that happens to be built on a heavily modified Android 2.2 OS.
We will probably port a few applications over to it, but it will be interesting to see how many they sell first. One company we work closely with has ported two of their applications and their comment was it was not trivial... Should be interesting.
Third, offering built-in 3G support would mean saddling purchasers with the same sort of monthly data plan carriers offer for the iPad. And that at a time when 3G networks are already bottlenecked with demand. Amazon believes, correctly I think, that a year from now 4G service will be the minimum expectation for new devices. And that market has yet to sort itself out. Finally, of course, if one wants 3G/4G support, especially with multiple devices, it makes much more sense to purchase a single data plan built on a mifi hotspot. Amazon recognizes, I think, that consumers who want such access are likely to have dedicated portable hotspots or tethering plans with their smartphones. Had the Fire been introduced a year ago, the absence of built-in 3G support would have been a major weakness. Amazon believes, and I think they're right, that over the next couple of years it will be much less important.
I think the amazon focus is on the nook not apple. I had a kindle and it was good for books but terrible for the web. Then I switched to nook color and it was good for books and the web but bad since you had to use their apps only and they had so few of them. Thats when I got my iPad 2 which is the best of all worlds. (I've had iphone since it came out) Luckily I gave away my other tablets so they don't go to waste. Kindle is a much better platform than nook ever will be as long as BN insists on controlling their own limited apps. Apple did it right from the start.