An anonymous reader writes "PC Magazine reports that even while Amazon was building their Kindle Fire tablet, it was already planning on a much larger model that "will be its marquee product and the hopeful cornerstone of its tablet strategy." Amazon's already begun offering $30 discounts on refurbished 7-inch Kindle Fire tablets, matching last week's new aggressive pricing from Barnes and Noble on their color touchscreen Nook. But PC Magazine argues that the 7-inch color Kindle was simply a "beta" release of the larger device to come. “In no way was Amazon being dishonest with its customers... To be truly fair, many people may never want a screen larger than seven inches because of the associated weight and bulk.” But he argues that its real purpose may have been as a test run to gather important real-world data for their ultimate war with the iPad. “After all, as industry insiders joke, all first-generation products, whether hardware or software, are really ‘beta’ programs disguised as initial launches.”"
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