The reason why tablets are so much better than a mobile handset is that watching movies on it is a better experience than watching it on a tiny screen.
In that sense the new Amazon.com, Inc.(NASDAQ:AMZN)’s Kindle Fire HD is a definite relief with its large screen size of 8.9 inches and more vibrancy.
In fact for just $40 more you can buy the Kindle Fire HD, rather than the basic version.
Internet retailer, Amazon unveiled a whole range of Kindle devices on Thursday from the regular models at a price tag of $199 to the larger ones that have a sticker price of $599.
The smaller ones start shipping on Friday next week while the devices with the larger screens will start retailing in November.
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With its new Kindle Fires, Amazon has stepped up the competition against Apple and its iPads that is dominating the tablet PC market in the United States.
It is also expected to kick off a price war as the Kindle Fires, packed with features and content that can be downloaded, are much cheaper compared with the iPads, the price difference ranging from $100 to $200.
The HD screens of the Kindle Fires have a higher resolution, though the screens are slightly smaller compared with the iPad's 9.7 inches.
Amazon has also made a couple of important design changes in its new HD models.
The speakers are now on both sides of the device when held in landscape mode like a movie screen, meaning you can watch movies in Dolby Digital Plus stereo sound without headphones.
The old Kindle Fire had stereo speakers off to one side when held this way, and that hasn't changed with the upgraded non-HD model.