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The Kindle Fire – Now In SA!

The rumours have finally been confirmed – Amazon is indeed releasing a full-colour, full touch tablet! Called the Kindle Fire it promises to pull together all of Amazon’s media offerings into one sleek tablet – all at the rockbottom price of $ 199 (app. R 1 700)!

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The Kindle Fire

After months of speculation, Amazon has finally confirmed details abouts its upcoming tablet. The new Kindle Fire for only $199 is more than a tablet – it s a full color Kindle for web, movies, TV shows, music, apps, games, reading & more.

Kindle Fire specs at a glance:

  • Display: 7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.
  • Size: 190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm
  • Weight: 413 grams
  • On-device Storage: 8GB internal
  • Cloud Storage: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
  • Battery Life: Up to 8 hours of continuous reading
  • Charge Time: approximately 4 hours
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity: Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
  • Audio: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.
  • Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.
  • Warranty and Service: 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers.
  • Included in the Box: Kindle Fire device, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.

What’s New In The Kindle Fire

Stunning Color Touchscreen
High resolution, backlit colour 7″ touchscreen that delivers 16 million colors. Kindle Fire uses IPS (in-plane switching) technology – similar technology to that used on the iPad – for an extra-wide viewing angle.

New Interface
Kindle Fire’s new interface was designed from theground up to support all the new media formats and makes it simple & intuitive to browse through recent content and websites. Similar to the iPad, you can spin through your media libraries and access all content within one simple touch from the dashboard.

Fast, Dual-Core Processor
Kindle Fire features a state-of-the-art dual-core processor for fast, powerful performance.

Full web-browsing with the Amzon Silk
Amazon Silk is a revolutionary, cloud-accelerated browser that uses a “split browser” architecture to leverage the computing speed and power of the Amazon Web Services cloud. Supports Flash.

In addition to the above, the Kindle Fire rounds off the full tablet experience with access to a wide variety of games and apps via the Amazon Apps Market, as well as access to all of Amazon’s media content such as videos and music.

Did I mention it’s only $ 199 (that’s slight more than the “old” 3G Kindle) or less than 1/3 the price of a new iPad.

Buy Kindle Fire in South Africa

So, when can you actually buy the Kindle Fire in South Africa? Whilst the Kindle Fire will only be available in the US – you can get one in South Africa!

But before you order, make sure you know exactly what features are available on the Kindle Fire in South Africa!

Want A New Kindle Now?

Along with the Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire, Amazon also released a brand new Kindle – and it ships to South Africa!

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  1. I can’t wait for this! Any idea on how to get a Kindle Fire in South Africa?

  2. I’ve just ordered one via MyUS.com. However, apparently users in South Africa will not be able to download any content for it. I’ll wait and see, perhaps it can be done via pc if Cloud Player is not available??

    • Hi Chanelle – I guess this is the million dollar question:) Particularly since the Silk browser is so heavily dependent on Cloud integration, it is questionable what level of functionality the Kindle Fire will offer to customers outside the US.

      There’s quite a bit of discussion re this exact topic on the Amazon forums but unfortunately no official comment has been made. I guess we’ll all know once the first Kindle Fires start shipping…

    • Hi Chanelle
      Could you give a rough guestimate what it cost you to go through MyUS.com to get the Kindle Fire? Is it worth the hassle and the device it’s working Ok here?

      • Hi Lionel

        Breakdown of costs would be as follows:

        MyUS subscription + account activation: Roughly R 350
        Delivery For Kindle Fire To SA: app. R 400

        The whole delivery process will take roughly 10 working days (mostly less). If you’re planning on buying just one item, the MyUs route is probably not ideal, but I found it quite handy for a variety of situations.

        Many features on the Kindle Fire are not available in SA. This includes the Movies/TV Shows/Music, Amazon Prime Benefits, Amazon Market Apps and Cloud Storage – unless you have a US credit card & billing address and IP Address. There are ways to bypass some of these restrictions but it is not for novices.

        Books work fine, you are able to purchase them from Amazon as with any Kindle. You are able to load your own content (Movies/Music/Android Apps) on the device, but you need a cable for that (not included).

        Hope this helps,

  3. no 3G on the Kindle Fire? Is the free 3G on the previous versions of Kindle available in SA?

  4. i bought a kindle fire from amazon i love it but i found one problem i can’t download app’s or games, i have emailed kindle and amazon with on results. i just hope i don’t regret my purchase if someone can help with this problem i would appreciate it.

  5. Hi

    I have had a Kindle Fire since December 2011, I have been able to download over 100 apps succesfully on my Kindle Fire – all you need to do is change a setting on the device. You cannot get apps in any way from Amazon yet in SA unless Amazon open cloud access here which could take a while. If you want apps – which you should as this really lights up your kindle fire – here is what to do:

    – Go to the control wheel in the top RH corner of the screen and tap on that, then go to “more”
    – Scroll down to “device” and tap on that then scroll down to “allow installation of applications” (from outside sources)
    – Change the setting from NO to YES
    – Now go back to the main screen and go to WEB, then google “getjar” now on this site in the upper RH side of the page you can select your device for the site, type in Kindle Fire and a picture of the device comes up, now you can download apps from “getjar” all for FREE and most of the top ones

    **The first app to download is “lookout” as this will ensure that every app is checked that it is safe to be downloaded to the device!**

    This is the only way to get apps on your Kindle Fire here in SA, and will be for some time, the difference it makes to the use of the Kindle Fire is enormous – I have helped and had thanks from Kindle Fire owners in 15 different countries around the world from the Kindle Fire website on Amazon, I strongly suggest you do this.

  6. hi guys i have a 1st gen kindle fire with a problem. the swipe and scolling on my screen is very in accurate and the keyboard jumps to letters that i am not pressing while typing. i spoke to an amazon consultant and they want to replace the whole device but i am looking for someone in the cape town area that does repairs on kindles. can anyone help me please? thanks

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