Amazon’s Kindle tablets coming to over 170 countries next month

Amazon is a company I don’t write a lot about, not because they’re not interesting, but because I live in a country where no one knows who Amazon is. Americans know about Amazon, as do the Brits, even some people in Germany know about them, but that’s about it. The online retailer obviously wants to change that, and today they’re announcing that they’re going to sell the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD in over 170 countries starting June 13th.

What exactly is a Kindle Fire? Think of it like Amazon’s version of the Nexus 7. Same screen, slow processor, and not very appealing, but you can’t really complain at just $215. The HD version has a larger 8.9 inch panel that pushes 1920 x 1200 pixels, it has a slightly faster processor, and it’ll cost you an extra $70.

Do I recommend either of these devices? No. You’re better off either waiting for the next Nexus 7 or simply buying a Galaxy Tab and loading on Amazon’s Kindle application. If you live in America and want access to all the content Amazon provides, then sure, knock yourself out and buy a Kindle, but I have a feeling the rest of you will be better served with a dedicated Android tablet instead of a tablet running a forked version of the OS.

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