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Amazon's Latest Attempt At Staking A Claim In The Device Market

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Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) may have started as a retailer that sells items produced by other manufacturers, but the company has slowly changed that by offering a number of goods and services that were produced in-house.

This year was particularly interesting for Amazon. In addition to its long-awaited smartphone, the company launched a competitor to Siri (built for the home, not a smartphone), a number of new tablets, two TV-connected devices and new e-readers.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this slideshow.

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  • Amazon Echo

    Amazon Echo

    Echo is the newest product in the Amazon portfolio. It wasn't rumored, theorized or predicted by any blog. Instead, Amazon quietly announced the new voice recognition device without hosting a major event to promote its arrival.

    Echo is like Siri for the home -- it can answer questions, play music, tell jokes, provide weather updates, etc.

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  • Fire Phone

    Fire Phone

    There was a lot of hype behind Amazon's first smartphone. It started more than a year before its release when rumors claimed the retailer was ready to take on Apple.

    No sales data has been reported, but the Fire Phone received a massive price cut not long after its release.

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  • Fire TV And Fire TV Stick

    Fire TV And Fire TV Stick

    The Fire TV was Amazon's first crack at the emerging set-top box market. Eyeing the success of Apple TV and other TV-connected devices, Amazon launched Fire TV with a unique feature: reliable voice search.

    Like most Amazon products, no sales data has been released, but Amazon followed up its Fire TV with a Chromecast-style version that plugs right into the HDMI port of any TV.

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  • Kindle Voyage

    Kindle Voyage

    Paperwhite is out and Kindle Voyage is in. The new tablet features a high-resolution display with 300 ppi, an adaptive front light that adjusts automatically, a thinner body and a new feature for turning pages.

    All of this comes at a price, however: Kindle Voyage retails for $199.

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  • Kindle 6

    Kindle 6

    Amazon might be moving toward the premium e-reader market, but it still offers a basic device for those who don't want to break the bank to read e-books.

    The newest model (unofficially known as the Kindle 6) offers touch screen controls and 4GB of storage.

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  • Fire HD

    Fire HD

    The Fire HD is the slightly modified version of last year's line of Kindle Fire tablets. It includes a model for kids that sports a colorful case. Amazon also released a six-inch Fire HD for $99, launched a familiar seven-inch iteration for $139 and now pushes the old Fire HDX for $179. The Fire HDX 8.9, which has an improved display and graphics processor, sells for $379.

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