Amazon Kindle Fire to be a $199 7-incher, no 3G or microphone, but tightly knit to the Amazon ecosystem
We say stock, since the Kindle Fire will come with Amazon's own eye-candy overlay on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with one-click access to Amazon's vast universe of books, movies, music and other assorted entertainment, as well as to its shopping experience. The browser experience is called Amazon Silk and it acts like Skyfire or Opera by leaving rendering to Amazon's servers and delivering you content via dedicated channels, which allegedly speads things up.
There is a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime preinstalled, which includes free movie streaming and two-day shipping for $79 a year. Rumor has it that you can also side-load Android apps, circumventing Amazon's curated Appstore.
Given the latest research out today that tablet owners are those impulsive buyers every retailer is dreaming about, the Kindle Fire might just have its work cut out for it. In Amazon's Jeff Bezos own words: