Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kindle Fire Goes on Sale in the US

The Kindle Fire goes on sale in the US today in swipe at the Apple iPad. For half the price and half the size of an iPad, the Kindle Fire has gained popularity quickly from potential tablet buyers. The Kindle Fire is currently on sale on Amazon for $199 compared to the Apple iPad which costs $499 for the cheapest model.

The Kindle Fire comes with 8GB of internal storage (only 6GB is available for user data) and Amazon content can be stored for free "in the cloud" (no limit on that). The Kindle Fire currently runs on a slightly modified Android operating system. The device is capable of playing back music, movies, has a built in Amazon Silk Browser for viewing websites at a faster speed, and pretty much anything else an Android device can do. The Kindle Fire does not come along with free 3G unlike some of their other E-ink readers, but can connect to the internet using Wifi.

Due to the high popularity, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says Amazon is making "millions more" then they have predicted. Lot's of fans have already pre-ordered the device.

Technical Details:
Display: 7" multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment.
Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.
Device Size: 7.5" x 4.7" x 0.45" (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).
Weight: 14.6 ounces (413 grams).
Built-in Storage: 8GB (about 6GB can be used for user content)
Built-in Storage (approximate): Around 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.
Cloud Storage: Infinite storage for all Amazon content.
Battery Life (Wireless off): 8 hours of continuous reading, or 7.5 hours of video play back.
Battery Life (Wireless on): Battery life will vary based on network usage.
Charge Time: 4 hours using the included US power adapter.
Wifi: Supports all 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n Wifi access points using WEP, WPA and WPA2 security or no security. Does not support ad-hoc (peer-to-peer) Wifi connections.
USB: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
Audio: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.
Content Formats: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.
Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty
What's in the box: Kindle Fire device, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.

Again the Amazon Kindle Fire can be bought for $199 on Amazon

Monday, November 14, 2011

Update on the iPod Nano Recall

So today I have received my return box from Apple and will be answering some of your questions. So here is a picture of the box.

Today, I was originally gonna do a rant about how Apple sucks, but I might put that off later. To my surprise the box actually came with everything, and I literally mean everything you need to ship it back to Apple and it was shipped with overnight shipping. There were instructions, tape, a plastic bag, and packing foam. I was expecting foam, but tape? Yeah, I bet you didn't expect it either.

Well the packing instructions are fairly simple. There are three pieces of foam inside. The bottom there is a piece of thick foam, in the middle there is a foam punch out model of the iPod nano, and the thick foam top piece. So your device is pretty much very very protected inside the box. LOL Here is a picture of my iPod Nano in the box. I didn't put in the top piece in.

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Well that's pretty much it. I know a lot of you probably still have questions about the wording from the emails you got from Apple. Here is the image to confirm this will be 100% free. The tag they gave me was a long piece of paper, so I edited it a little bit to save space on the blog post. It's still the original.

And here are pictures of the instructions that was packed inside the box. You can click on it to see the full sized images.

So I hope this clears up any questions you have. If you are wondering what the replacement is going to be, according to Mashable it will be a refurbished iPod Nano 1st gen with a replaced battery. You can read about that here. And if you guessed right, I was going to do a rant on how Apple is only replacing the battery, but maybe tomorrow because they kind of surprised me with what they put in the box. HAHA Who ever puts tape inside the return box?!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Update on the Recalled iPod Nanos

I have not gotten my replacement yet, but according to Mashable, they have talked to an Apple representative over the phone. It is confirmed that you will be getting a refurbished iPod Nano 1st Generation with a replaced battery.

I am quite surprised at how Apple kept such a big stock of 1st generations. I guess this is it. Sorry to let all of you down. I thought they'd be sending us one of those latest models. :(

Source: Mashable

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Apple Recalling 1st Generation iPod Nanos

Today, if you are subscribed to newsletters from Apple, you probably received an email saying Apple is recalling 1st generation iPod Nanos.


Apparently Apple has found a battery problem with the 1st generation devices. In rare cases the iPod Nano may over-heat and pose a safety risk. The battery may explode or leak. This is not the first recall Apple did on this device, there has already been a recall in Korea, Japan, and some other countries, but it is the first recall in the US. The 1st generation devices have a silver back and a white or black front. To check if you iPod Nano qualifies for the replacement program and to initiate the replace process if you are qualified please visit Apple's website here. The replacement is free.

If you have a personalized iPod, you will get a non-personalized replacement. It is recommended you back out your data before sending it in for replacement.

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As of right now, Apple didn't release much details on what the replacement is going to be. All they said was it will take 6 weeks after they receive your original device, and if you have a personalized device, you will receive a non-personalized replacement.

For me, I am the few with one of these iPod Nanos and have already initiated the replacement request. Apple says they will be shipping me a box with replacement instructions. I am hoping the replacement will be the newest model iPod nano. LOL There are more updates under the ads.

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Update (11-12-2011): So I went to a local Apple store to ask some questions about the recall... Well here is what went down...
Me: Excuse me.
Sales Associate: Yes
Me: I got some questions about the iPod nano recall.
Sales Associate: There is a recall on the iPod nano? I don't know anything about a recall. Let me go get another sales associate.
New Sales Associate: What can I help you with?
Me: I got questions about the iPod nano recall.
New Sales Associate: I don't know about any recall. What model is it on?
Me: The 1st generation. (Shows her my iPod nano)
New Sales Associate: That isn't a 1st generation.
Me: Um. I got my serial confirmed on Apple's website and they said they will ship me a box with return instructions.
New Sales Associate: Well, if that is what they told you, you should probably follow the instructions they gave you.
Me: You guys seriously don't know anything about this recall?
New Sales Associate: No, sorry, we don't know anything.
Me: Thank you.

I am not lying. That is pretty much how it went down... XD Apple failed... You are probably better off following the instructions they give you online and in the box they send you instead of going to the Apple Store. I've seen a comment on another website saying, the store employee (from another Apple Store) told him they don't have a replacement stock on hand so he is better off ordering the replacement online. No word on what the replacement is going to be, but once I get mine, I will be doing a new blog post on this blog. So stay tuned! Anyways, I also called Apple Care to see if they knew anything... See the update after the ads.

Update (11-13-2011): Okay, so today I called Apple Care. It didn't sound like the guy had too much knowledge about this though... Well here is pretty much what happened:
Me: Hello, I have a few questions about the 1st generation iPod nano recall.
Customer Support: There should be a website with recall information. Did you see that?
Me: Yes I did, and I already requested for a replacement. I want to confirm that this process is free.
Customer Support: Did the website say it's free?
Me: Yes it did.
Customer Support: Then it should be free, let me check, what's your serial.
Me: My serial number is...
Customer Support: Yes, I see you have requested it and it is free.
Me: Do you know what kind of replacement I will be getting?
Customer Support: The equivalent of a 1st generation iPod nano.
Me: Thank you that is all the questions I have.

He did give me the answers I was looking for but as you can tell he didn't sound sure at all. :/ Just like the Apple Store employees... So yeah, pretty much better off ordering online... Not much else you can do at this point.

Update (11-13-2011): According to Mashable, Apple will be replacing your original 1st generation iPod nano unit with a refurbished 1st generation iPod nano with a new battery. Read more about it here.

Update (11-14-2011): I just got my box from Apple. It will help answer some of your questions about the whole process. You can read about that here.

Update (12-19-2011): My replacement iPod nano has been shipped. See more info here.

Update (12-28-2011): I received my replacement. See it here.
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