Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablets, released in the US last year, are finally now shipping to Australian buyers — and with them, access to Amazon's Appstore.
We don't have a full-colour E Ink e-reader yet, but the next best thing is a small LCD tablet. There are several of these on the market in Australia, including Kobo's offering, the Arc. Amazon's Android Kindle Fire range has heretofore been off limits to Australian shipping addresses since its launch in September 2011.
Both models are available in 16GB and a 32GB versions, with the 7-inch model coming in at US$214 and US$244, and the 8.9-inch model at US$284 and US$314, respectively. Neither model will be available in the cheaper Kindle with Special Offers version, which shows advertising and sponsored screensavers.
Both models also have a high-resolution display, with the 7-inch model at 720p and the 8.9 inch at 1080p.
"Kindle Fire is more than just great hardware — it's a service. When a customer orders a Kindle Fire, it arrives pre-registered to their Amazon account and greets them by name. All of the customer's Kindle content is there waiting for them to download and start enjoying — no long set-up process, and no syncing with a cable. Kindle Fire also comes with instant access to Amazon's digital content right from the device, including all of the features customers love about shopping on Amazon — customer reviews, one-click purchasing and more. Whenever customers shop on Amazon or buy a Kindle, they know that they are also getting Amazon's world-class customer service," the press release said.
In addition, the Amazon Appstore is now supported in nearly 200 countries worldwide, including Australia. This includes access to Amazon's Free App of the Day, which offers a different paid app for free every day. Although this will be included on Kindle Fire tablets, it's also available to download for all Android devices.
"We are thrilled to be expanding the reach of our global app distribution to nearly 200 countries. We think our customers will love the app selection we have to offer, and also find features such as Free App of the Day and personalised recommendations very helpful as they discover and explore new apps and games," said Mike George, vice president of Apps and Games at Amazon.