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Amazon Looks to Make Kindle Fire HD Top Kids' Tablet

Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Many have heard about the ongoing tablet war -- the one where Google, Microsoft and every other major tech company are going after Apple's long-ruling iPad.  But there's another battle being fought for the best kids' tablet.

According to Nielsen, kids between the age of 6 and 12 have one major gift request this holiday season: the iPad.  Topping children's wish lists are not only Apple's iPad but its iPad Mini and iPod Touch.  

Other companies are trying their hardest to get a piece of the kid tablet market.

On Wednesday, Amazon announced an additional feature for its already kid-friendly Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.  While it already offers a FreeTime feature, which provides a special child environment and gives parents control over usage, it is adding FreeTime Unlimited, a service that provides an all-you-can-eat plan for children's books, movies, apps and games.

Those who already have Amazon Prime, a service that includes savings and free shipping on many items for a yearly charge, will be able to get FreeTime Unlimited for $2.99 a month per child or $6.99 a month per family.  Those who are not Prime members will have to pay $4.99 per month per child or $9.99 per family.

For those prices, buyers will get unlimited access to most of Amazon's kids' books and many of its TV shows.  Popular kids' apps are also free.

"If you are a parent this lets you sign up for services, get all the content, and trust that it has been curated," Peter Larson, Vice President of Amazon Kindle, told ABC News in an interview.  Amazon has also removed the ads in games and apps for FreeTime Unlimited users.

Amazon is hoping that all that will strengthen its offerings in comparison to its competitors.  Amazon offers the Kindle Fire for $159, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD for $199, and the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire for $299.

"If you think about it, an all-new Kindle Fire for $159 is a full-fledged tablet for parents, and with FreeTime it magically turns into a tablet that is just for your kids," Larson said.  "You can buy a tablet for the whole family."

Larson pointed out that with the iPad you can't create separate user accounts for children.  He said the design of the Fire, with its Gorilla Glass and rubberized back, make it "almost unbreakable."

In addition to the iPad, Nook HD from Barnes & Noble, and the Kindle Fire HD, toy companies like LeapFrog and Toys 'R' Us have put out their own tablets specially for kids.

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD: $15 to Lose Pre-Loaded Ads

Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD starts at $199, but it will cost $214 if you don’t want ads on your screen.

Last week when Amazon unveiled the new tablets it didn’t mention that the company would be getting a bit more aggressive in marketing books, movies, and deals to tablet users.

Amazon told ABC News last week that the all Kindle Fires would come with its “Special Offers,” which, like the offers on the current Kindle e-readers, show full-screen ads when the device is powered off or in sleep mode. Amazon said there was no way to disable them on the Kindle Fire HD tablets. On the tablets, the offers or the ads appear on the lock screen and include ads for movies or books you might want to buy through Amazon’s store.

However, Amazon changed its tune over the weekend and now says it will offer users a $15 option to disable the ads. “We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our special offers and very few people choose to opt out.  We’re happy to offer customers the choice,” an Amazon spokesperson confirmed to ABC News.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said last week that Amazon is able to make its hardware so affordable because it wants to make its money after you get it out of the box. “We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy our devices,” he said. Through advertising, Amazon hopes you’ll be alerted to even more content and then in turn you’ll buy that movie or album right on the device.

The new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, which has a dual-core processor, improved MIMO Wi-Fi, and stereo speakers, will start shipping Sept. 14. The 8.9-inch version, which has a higher resolution screen, will ship later in November.

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Amazon Unveils Kindle Fire HD

ABC News(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- Amazon has set off a big Fire. The Kindle Fire HD, Amazon's new souped-up tablet will be bigger, faster and more expensive, the CEO Jeff Bezos announced today at a press event in Santa Monica, Calif.

"We haven't built the best tablet at a certain price. We have built the best tablet at any price," said Bezos.

The Kindle Fire HD will come in two versions, a 7-inch and a larger, 8.9-inch 1920x1200 resolution, 254ppi display, an OMAP 4470 processor from Texas Instruments and dual stereo speakers. It also features MIMO (Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output), which only a small number of high-end laptops have, to receive date more quickly with multiple antennae.

The Kindle Fire HD starts at 16GB. The 7-inch, 16GB version will sell for $199 and the 8.9-inch, 16GB version will sell for $299. Both ship Nov. 20.

The larger Fire HD is not quite iPad size, which is 9.5 inches, but Bezos said Amazon's new device will get 41 percent faster Wi-Fi signals than Apple's iPad does. For $499, users can get the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD with 32GB, and a 4G LTE wireless network.

Amazon also announced an upgraded version of its original 7-inch Kindle Fire, with a 40 percent faster processor, longer battery life and more RAM. The price drops to $159 and it ships Sept. 14.

The online retail giant also unveiled its sleek, new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, featuring a new monochromatic display that appears very white, like paper. Although it looks much like the current Kindle Touch, Paperwhite doesn't have a Home screen button, and hosts a higher resolution screen with a body that is "thinner than a magazine, lighter than a paperback," Bezos said.

The Kindle Fire is a color tablet that features all types of media -- books, magazines, games, movies, music, Web -- whereas the Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Touch and original Kindle are e-readers meant for downloading and reading books or other text.

In Paperwhite, the fonts have been optimized for the new patented light guide to appear crisper. It also has a time measure, called "Time To Read," that can track your reading speed and give you an estimate of how much longer it will take you to finish the book.

The price: $119, and it is available for orders today, but will not ship until Oct. 1. The Kindle Paperwhite with 3G connectivity built in will set buyers back $179.

Bezos said the first edition, non-touch Kindle will still be sold, with the price reduced to $69.

Bezos also talked up the latest and greatest features offered in the Kindle store, including 180,000 "exclusive" books and the debut of Kindle Serials, which allow users to buy book series as a whole collection for a flat rate.

Bezos called the new Kindle Fire HD "a hardware device that's a service," but for users, it's going to come down to whether they prefer Amazon's services over others', such as Apple and Google.

Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite display takes direct aim at Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight. The e-reader, which is lighter and thinner than the previous generation, still has an e-ink touch screen, but the screen resolution has been increased, the touch technology improved, and a screen light has been added. Bezos claimed it will have a whopping eight weeks of battery life, meaning users will be able to leave the adjustable light on all the time.

Like the Nook it has a light, but unlike the Nook, Amazon says the light is actually for when you are reading in bright situations, not dark.

It sounds counterintuitive but the new lighting system makes black text much crisper and blacker when it is turned on. Amazon says the technology, which it home-brewed itself, is meant to make the e-reader more like a book. The new Kindle also has a feature that can estimate how much time you have left reading the book.

Amazon broke precedent when it aired an ad during Wednesday night's NFL kickoff, showing two devices that appeared to be the new Kindle Fire, Amazon's 7-inch tablet, and a new Kindle e-reader ahead of Thursday's official announcement. Normally these announcements are shrouded in secrecy, and today's press event opened with a replay of the ad.

The market of affordable 7-inch tablets, spawned by Kindle Fire, is getting crowded. Amazon and Barnes & Noble carry the most popular devices, but Google is nipping at their heels. Motorola, Samsung, Kobo and a host of other Android tablet manufacturers have also joined the club.

Apple, which has dominated the tablet market overall with the iPad, is rumored to be releasing a smaller version -- the so-called "iPad Mini" -- in October.

"Last year there were over two dozen Android tablets launched and no one bought them," Bezos said. "People don't want gadgets anymore. They want services."

In June, Google announced Nexus 7, a 7-inch color tablet also priced at $199, which seemed aimed at putting out Amazon's Fire. The 16GB version briefly sold out after the device went on sale in July, and it's estimated Google could sell up to 8 million devices by the end of the year, more than double the sales it was expecting, reported.

But according to Amazon, the Kindle Fire has been the No. 1 selling product on its site over the past year, commanding 22 percent of the tablet market. Prior to today's announcement, Amazon said their previous Kindle Fire model sold out last month.

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