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September 14, 2012

Now shipping: 7-inch Kindle Fire HD (1280x800) for $200

After the iPhone 5 became pre-orderable in the early hours of today, there are developments on another hot tech gadget. The brand new 7-inch 16GB Kindle Fire HD (1280x800 screen) is now shipping from itself for $200 with free shipping.

Also shipping is the 7-inch Kindle Fire (2012 edition) (1024x600 screen) for $160 with free shipping. Given the specs and screen resolution, it is probably well worth the extra $40 to get the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD.

All the color screen Kindle Fires come with Special Offers and Sponsored Screensavers. Once you receive and activate the device, you can remove them for a one-time fee of $15 per device. I don't know how the Special Offers look on the color Kindle Fires, but on the e-ink Kindle e-readers the ads were very un-annoying (unless you hate any kind of advertising with a passion).

In the past, a frequent Amazon shopper, judiciously using the Special Offers on the e-ink Kindles, could receive back the price of their e-ink Kindles in the form of savings and coupons on other purchases. However, since Amazon started putting the AmazonLocal deals on the Kindle Special Offers, the number of Amazon-itself deals decreased dramatically. I don't know if the color Kindle Fires will have the same Special Offers as the e-ink Kindles. And I don't know if the good deal-ads will return for the holiday shopping season. One promising sign is the new pay-for-digital-content-with-Discover $10 bonus Special Offers offer.

Having said that, a color screen and speakers offer more opportunities for ad misbehavior. Time will tell... :)

If you hate ads with a great passion, there is always the option of Android purity in the Google Nexus 7 (ASUS daddy) for $200 plus shipping.

If you are interested in the other new Kindles, here are the dates to remember:
+ shipping October 22: Kindle Paperwhite (Wifi) and also Wifi + 3G models
+ shipping November 20: 8.9" 16GB Kindle Fire HD (1920x1200 screen) for $300
+ shipping November 20: 8.9" 32GB Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE (1920x1200) for $500

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