Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Amazon has some big announcements today - looks good for education

Amazon is having a major press event right now and they have announced some pretty cool things. I rarely cover things that aren't free, but these products are going to be really good for education.

A new Kindle for only $79 - this is an amazing price for an e-reader. It isn't touchscreen, but is smaller, lighter, and faster than previous Kindle's. It works with Amazon's cloud network. It is cheaper than any single textbook I had in college 20 years ago and is the same price or cheaper than the science textbooks we use at school. This is a great device for students and schools to use instead of regular textbooks.

Kindle Touch - $99 for a touchscreen Kindle that has a new interface and display, extra long battery life, and free cloud storage. There is also a 3G version for $149.

Kindle Fire - a $199 tablet. 7" screen, Gorilla Glass, 16 million colors, dual core CPU, 14 oz, a fast browser, and has access to millions of books, magazines, TV shows, movies, music, and Android apps. This is an amazing price for a tablet! A smartphone costs this amount on contract! This is a full featured tablet that is an amazing deal. I would recommend this for students, teachers, schools, and my friends. I already have an HP TouchPad, but I'm really tempted to buy one of these for myself as a birthday present in November. I would have loved to have had one of these in college. It's available for pre-order now and ships in November.

These devices are a great price and full featured and are a great option for schools looking for e-devices or for students and teachers looking for something great. Your data is backed up and stored on Amazon's cloud service, you can access your books form any Kindle reader and the cloud reader and they are less expensive than any other devices.

Note: I am not compensated in any way by Amazon for this article.


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