Will early adopters feel stung come January?
Amazon today announced three new Kindles and a new Kindle Tablet, dubbed the Kindle Fire. However, previous Amazon tablet rumors suggested that there was not one but two Amazon tablets. The 7-inch Fire, which we saw unveiled today, and a larger 10-inch model that is supposedly set to launch in the first quarter of 2012. The story went that Amazon planned to launch the 7-inch model in time for the holidays and then, if it was successful, launch the big one next year.
Jeff Bezos didn't say anything about a second Fire during this morning's press conference. That said, word on the street still says the 10-inch model is coming, and soon. Ryan Block over at GDGT says that today's Kindle Fire is nothing more than a stopgap and that a "second, better version" is coming in about three months time.
"My sources tell me the second-gen Kindle tablet (or Kindle Fire, as it's now been dubbed) will be out in Q1 of 2012 -- yes, that soon. That was always the plan, but the delays of the v1 product have messed up Amazon's release cycle," he said, adding that the worst part of it all is that the second device seems to be the one that Amazon truly believes in.
We all know that the current pace of the mobile industry means that there's always another version coming. However, if Block is right and Amazon is releasing a superior version so soon after the first Kindle Fire goes on sale (it hits shelves November 15), we can see early adopters being very peeved. While there's definitely a market for 7-inch tablets, the Kindle Fire is supposed to be a media device, and we can't help but feel that though people may be drawn in by the appeal of this current Kindle Fire, they might realize it's a little bit dinky to be watching telly on when the 10-inch model arrives.
Amazon has not commented on rumors of a second, larger Kindle Fire, nor has it denied reports that a 10-inch model is coming in the new year.
Would you recommend the Kindle Fire to a friend or would you advise them to wait until after the holidays?