Amazon Has High Hopes for Its iPad Competitor

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    Sep 26, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    For those tablet shopping you might want to hold off and wait to see the Amazon Tablet at a much cheaper price point.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/technology/anticipated-amazon-tablet-to-take-aim-at-apple-ipad.html?_r=1

    SAN FRANCISCO — One after another, like moths to a flame, technology companies have been seduced into entering the market for tablets. Apple made it look so irresistible, with 29 million eager and sometimes fanatical consumers snapping up an iPad in the device’s first 15 months.

    But neither Samsung nor Motorola nor Acer could beg or borrow any of Apple’s magic. Research in Motion, the maker of the BlackBerry, said it shipped only 200,000 of its PlayBooks in three months — about what Apple sells in three days. Hewlett-Packard, which flopped this summer with the TouchPad, was the latest to get burned.

    Now comes a final competitor, the best-placed challenger of all: Amazon.com. The retailer is on the verge of introducing its own tablet, analysts predict, a souped-up color version of its Kindle e-reader that will undercut the iPad in price and aim to steal away a couple of million in unit sales by Christmas.

    A competition between Amazon and Apple tablets will be a battle that pits the company that created the first popular e-reader (and set off a still-unfolding revolution in how books are consumed) against the company that created the first popular tablet (and set off a revolution in progress about how entertainment and other media are consumed).

    Both companies are riding high, racking up record revenues and seeing their stock market valuations cruise to new peaks. Each has ample resources to enjoy a pitched struggle for people’s attention and their wallets.

    Whichever company triumphs, said the Barclays analyst Anthony DiClemente, “the consumer is going to be the winner.”
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    Sep 26, 2011 9:54 PM GMT
    for that price i doubt the specs will be anywhere near the iPad 2's. I guess itll be more like getting an Archos, just another low end tablet that doesnt do much of anything.
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    Sep 27, 2011 2:47 AM GMT
    Yeah, I'm a little disappointed in the specs. But I can't imagine it being too bad. It has to have just enough processing power to play back high quality streaming content. Now that Amazon signed a deal with some new content providers, you know it's coming.
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    xrichx saidYeah, I'm a little disappointed in the specs. But I can't imagine it being too bad. It has to have just enough processing power to play back high quality streaming content. Now that Amazon signed a deal with some new content providers, you know it's coming.


    It will definitely work for a few things, but most likely it will lag running certain apps, it wont be as responsive as an iPad and also will end up facing some issues with upcoming Android upgrades. However u have to think that Amazon is probably trying to appeal more to those who own a kindle and got used to using a Kindle, this crowd should be fairly easy to impress.
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    Sep 28, 2011 9:07 PM GMT
    A first look at the Amazon Fire -



    I think what becomes clear is like the Kindle, this isn't meant to cannibalize on Kindle E-Ink sales (which I would argue is a different market and I own one that I'm quite happy with - there's something about a battery that will last for weeks that appeals greatly), but an attempt to pull in all their services in a convenient device. In doing so this also makes them a direct competitor to Apple... Cost? $199 compared to $499 for an entry level iPad.

    But this makes sense. Just as practically all of Google's services/products go to create the moat around search, the Fire, if successful enables Amazon to sell more product and prevent Apple from being a significant threat to their digital distribution. The bystanders who are going to be slaughtered are the other Android tablet makers but the ones who benefit the most are consumers.

    A roundup of some of the details -

    http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/28/kindle-fire-cloud-media-tablet/

    "Today, at an Amazon event in New York City (read our liveblog), Jeff Bezos unveiled the Kindle Fire, a new media tablet that pulls together all of Amazon’s media services from the cloud. These include 18 million digital books, movies, songs, magazines, apps, and games."

    http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/28/amazon-tops-1-million-kindle-books-in-just-four-years/

    "But that’s not all CEO Jeff Bezos had to say — the Amazon boss spoke on the success of Kindle as a service, noting that four years ago “Amazon had 90,000 books. Today we’re over a million, and that doesn’t include the copyright-free texts.”

    Bezos mentioned that the only way the Kindle could succeed was to create demand not only for the device, but for the content, also known as e-books. Despite the huge growth of physical book sales in the past 15 years, Kindle sales still outpace them."

    http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/28/amazon-silk/

    "“It is very challenging for mobile devices to display modern websites rapidly,” says Bezos. “So we wondered is there some way we can use the incredible computational horsepower of Amazon EC2 to accelerate mobile web browsing.”

    Amazon is taking advantage of its Web services and EC2 compute cloud. Instead of waiting 100 milliseconds for each part of a web page to load, Amazon Silk can cache most of a webpage in the cloud and deliver all the subparts at since. And since EC2 has more bandwidth than a tablet ever will, it can do the same tasks in 5 milliseconds instead of 100."

    http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/28/i-want-this-tablet/

    "Amazon just unveiled the Kindle Fire, which will, without question, dominate the sub-iPad tablet market for years. Amazon did it right by copying Apple’s formula: tablets do not sell on specs; Amazon barely touched on the Fire’s hardware during its announcement. Instead, Jeff Bezos, doing his best Steve Jobs impersonation, stood tall on the stage and ran through a long list of features that makes the Fire an iPad alternative the world wanted."

    http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/28/amazon-unveils-new-79-kindle-99-e-ink-kindle-touch/

    "Looks like the Kindle Fire wasn’t all Amazon had planned for us. Amazon has revealed a new line of E-Ink Kindles that looks to bolster their “traditional” eReader lineup. The three new models have taken the stage: the $79 Kindle, the $99 Kindle Touch, and the $149 Kindle Touch 3G."

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    Sep 28, 2011 9:51 PM GMT
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    It will definitely work for a few things, but most likely it will lag running certain apps, it wont be as responsive as an iPad and also will end up facing some issues with upcoming Android upgrades. However u have to think that Amazon is probably trying to appeal more to those who own a kindle and got used to using a Kindle, this crowd should be fairly easy to impress.



    How do you know it will end up facing some issues with Android upgrades? How do you know this? You don't. I suggest you stick to what you know and leave the analysis to the analysts.

    Amazon's Kindle is a standalone product that appeals to a shit load of people. Amazon's Fire has created a lot of buzz, and it will fly off the shelves. Apple has every reason to be concerned, especially with Amazon's second generation Fire tablet, which will likely have a camera, microphone, better processing power overall and at a price point that will put Apple to shame. As of right now with the first generation product, Amazon's Fire is not being positioned as an iPad competitor, so all you haters, keep on hatin'. Amazon knows exactly what it's doing.

    Why don't you keep your fingers crossed for the next iPhone and iPad, and stop worrying about Amazon? I'm sure Apple will provide even more colors to choose from with a slimmer form factor and a higher price point, which you'll run out and buy without batting an eye. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 28, 2011 9:59 PM GMT
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    charlitos said
    It will definitely work for a few things, but most likely it will lag running certain apps, it wont be as responsive as an iPad and also will end up facing some issues with upcoming Android upgrades. However u have to think that Amazon is probably trying to appeal more to those who own a kindle and got used to using a Kindle, this crowd should be fairly easy to impress.



    How do you know it will end up facing some issues with Android upgrades? How do you know this? You don't. I suggest you stick to what you know and leave the analysis to the analysts.

    Amazon's Kindle is a standalone product that appeals to a shit load of people. Amazon's Fire has created a lot of buzz, and it will fly off the shelves. Apple has every reason to be concerned, especially with Amazon's second generation Fire tablet, which will likely have a camera, microphone, better processing power overall and at a price point that will put Apple to shame. As of right now with the first generation product, Amazon's Fire is not being positioned as an iPad competitor, so all you haters, keep on hatin'. Amazon knows exactly what it's doing.

    Why don't you keep your fingers crossed for the next iPhone and iPad, and stop worrying about Amazon? I'm sure Apple will provide even more colors to choose from with a slimmer form factor and a higher price point, which you'll run out and buy without batting an eye. icon_lol.gif


    The OS while being Android, was highly modified. It is highly unlikely that you'd be able to update the Android OS to say honeycomb.

    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/what_did_amazons_kindle_fire_just_do_to_android.php

    It is interesting to look through all the material that Amazon has released for its announcement of the new Kindle Fire tablet. From the announcement of the new family of Kindles, to the product page on Amazon.com to the press release for the new cloud-based browser Silk, the word Android is not mentioned once.

    The Kindle Fire is a tablet, built off Android. Amazon developers forked Android somewhere along the way, probably from either the Frozen Yogurt 2.2 or Gingerbread 2.3.4 so really, this is actually a tablet built off a smartphone OS and not the official Android tablet OS, Honeycomb. Yet, Amazon is about to blow the rest of the Android tablet ecosystem out of the water.
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    Sep 28, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    I know, but that's not how it is being positioned by Amazon, or anyone else for that matter.

    Any apps in this generation that you want to download to the Fire will be Amazone-approved apps. Regarding OS updates, I bet there will be fewer issues with the Fire than I've had with my iPad (two different issues, with one so fatal that it required a trade-in that ultimately soured my adoration of Apple).

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    Sep 28, 2011 10:20 PM GMT
    I just sold my iPad 2. I thought it would be useful..... Alas.... I found it quite useless, and I rarely used it. Too bad, because it was really cute. White, 32 GB, Green smart cover... lol.

    Its a cool machine but I definitely should have shelled out the extra for 3G.... the 3G makes it truly portable and would up the usefulness factor by a ton. My mistake...

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    Sep 28, 2011 10:20 PM GMT
    Im impressed by the pricing. That's in impulse buy territory now. The playbook may as well stop being produced if RIM doesn't drop the price.


    As far as specs, Who cares? The demonstration video shows an interface that's already way smoother than what I've seen on the Tab. I'm willing to bet that this will be the "thing" this holiday season.

    P.s. Still love my iPad 2. icon_wink.gif
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    ZbmwM5 saidI just sold my iPad 2. I thought it would be useful..... Alas.... I found it quite useless, and I rarely used it. Too bad, because it was really cute. White, 32 GB, Green smart cover... lol.

    Its a cool machine but I definitely should have shelled out the extra for 3G.... the 3G makes it truly portable and would up the usefulness factor by a ton. My mistake...



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    Sep 28, 2011 10:42 PM GMT
    charlitos saidfor that price i doubt the specs will be anywhere near the iPad 2's. I guess itll be more like getting an Archos, just another low end tablet that doesnt do much of anything.


    That's not necessarily true. My Viewsonic gTablet was $250 and as far as specs, it runs circles around the comparable 32 GB Wifi iPad 2.
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    Sep 28, 2011 10:46 PM GMT
    I would LOVE to preorder Kindle Fire and at $199 it's begging me to click "Purchase." Unfortunately, many of the make or break considerations for this type of device are still unknown. For tablets, you really need to tinker around a bit to see if they're going to be worth it. I have no idea about how the OS, Silk Browser, or email client perform and if it were, Android for example, I'd be less concerned as the open market allows for tons of alternatives. Not to mention there's still weight, form factor, display, etc.

    I don't want to wait because i think it'll be popular but and therefore hard to get later but there's kind of too many questions right now.
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    Sep 29, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
    riddler78 said
    RiverRising said
    charlitos said
    It will definitely work for a few things, but most likely it will lag running certain apps, it wont be as responsive as an iPad and also will end up facing some issues with upcoming Android upgrades. However u have to think that Amazon is probably trying to appeal more to those who own a kindle and got used to using a Kindle, this crowd should be fairly easy to impress.



    How do you know it will end up facing some issues with Android upgrades? How do you know this? You don't. I suggest you stick to what you know and leave the analysis to the analysts.

    Amazon's Kindle is a standalone product that appeals to a shit load of people. Amazon's Fire has created a lot of buzz, and it will fly off the shelves. Apple has every reason to be concerned, especially with Amazon's second generation Fire tablet, which will likely have a camera, microphone, better processing power overall and at a price point that will put Apple to shame. As of right now with the first generation product, Amazon's Fire is not being positioned as an iPad competitor, so all you haters, keep on hatin'. Amazon knows exactly what it's doing.

    Why don't you keep your fingers crossed for the next iPhone and iPad, and stop worrying about Amazon? I'm sure Apple will provide even more colors to choose from with a slimmer form factor and a higher price point, which you'll run out and buy without batting an eye. icon_lol.gif


    The OS while being Android, was highly modified. It is highly unlikely that you'd be able to update the Android OS to say honeycomb.

    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/what_did_amazons_kindle_fire_just_do_to_android.php

    It is interesting to look through all the material that Amazon has released for its announcement of the new Kindle Fire tablet. From the announcement of the new family of Kindles, to the product page on Amazon.com to the press release for the new cloud-based browser Silk, the word Android is not mentioned once.

    The Kindle Fire is a tablet, built off Android. Amazon developers forked Android somewhere along the way, probably from either the Frozen Yogurt 2.2 or Gingerbread 2.3.4 so really, this is actually a tablet built off a smartphone OS and not the official Android tablet OS, Honeycomb. Yet, Amazon is about to blow the rest of the Android tablet ecosystem out of the water.


    In response to the major troll he is: RiverRising

    Like riddler just said, Amazon modded the interface to a level that would make it by far more difficult to adapt to major upgrades such as Icecreamsandwhich. This doesn't mean it's impossible to to do so, it simply means it'll take time more time for Amazon to follow up with new android revisions and keep their kindles up to date.
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    Sep 29, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
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    charlitos saidfor that price i doubt the specs will be anywhere near the iPad 2's. I guess itll be more like getting an Archos, just another low end tablet that doesnt do much of anything.


    That's not necessarily true. My Viewsonic gTablet was $250 and as far as specs, it runs circles around the comparable 32 GB Wifi iPad 2.


    http://tablets.findthebest.com/compare/35-45/ViewSonic-G-Tablet-Tablet-Computer-vs-Apple-iPad-2-with-Wi-Fi-Tablet-Computer
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    Sep 29, 2011 1:33 AM GMT
    Not making the $79 and $99 models 7" is a big fail. 6" screens don't replicate a book page well. Too damn small.
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    Sep 29, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    The Fire isn't being marketed as an Android tablet. It's a device mainly for consuming content from Amazon. Although, I read somewhere that it will allow access to the regular Android Marketplace. If that's true, then that just adds more value to it. For $200, that's not a bad deal at all. Unless, you really need a built-in camera and GPS, that is. If that's the case, then it's best to wait for the Samsung 7" Galaxy Tab, and then get the Amazon app.
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    Sep 29, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    charlitos said
    groundcombat said
    charlitos saidfor that price i doubt the specs will be anywhere near the iPad 2's. I guess itll be more like getting an Archos, just another low end tablet that doesnt do much of anything.


    That's not necessarily true. My Viewsonic gTablet was $250 and as far as specs, it runs circles around the comparable 32 GB Wifi iPad 2.


    http://tablets.findthebest.com/compare/35-45/ViewSonic-G-Tablet-Tablet-Computer-vs-Apple-iPad-2-with-Wi-Fi-Tablet-Computer


    This is remarkably inaccurate and biased toward Apple in it's presentation. I didn't even have to do any research and I can tell it's off. gTablet does have an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, as well as a microphone. And notice how it doesn't use red Xs when noting that iPad doesn't have microSD, USB, miniUSB, or Adobe Flash.
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    Sep 30, 2011 2:02 AM GMT
    Engadget.com has several thorough reviews of the Kindle Fire.

    The consensus seems to be that it is EXCELLENT.

    I got my partner the iPad2. It was the best birthday present I ever got him. He loves it. And from my use of it, I do too.

    I originally got the Samsung 7" and I loved the size. Just right for one-handed reading......and I carried it with me often.

    Then I traded it in for the new 10" more powerful version. It's great and I love it around the house......but I don't carry it with me for reading or emailing elsewhere.

    I preferred the 7" size.

    At $199, I'll get a Kindle Fire.
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    charlitos said
    groundcombat said
    charlitos saidfor that price i doubt the specs will be anywhere near the iPad 2's. I guess itll be more like getting an Archos, just another low end tablet that doesnt do much of anything.


    That's not necessarily true. My Viewsonic gTablet was $250 and as far as specs, it runs circles around the comparable 32 GB Wifi iPad 2.


    http://tablets.findthebest.com/compare/35-45/ViewSonic-G-Tablet-Tablet-Computer-vs-Apple-iPad-2-with-Wi-Fi-Tablet-Computer


    This is remarkably inaccurate and biased toward Apple in it's presentation. I didn't even have to do any research and I can tell it's off. gTablet does have an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, as well as a microphone. And notice how it doesn't use red Xs when noting that iPad doesn't have microSD, USB, miniUSB, or Adobe Flash.


    true, that review wasnt very accurate at all, I apologize for going with the first link that google gave me and for being lazy to actually give you a proper reply:

    Seriously we are talking about a tablet that was released on nov-dec 2010 i believe and its price has been cut down by almost 40%. The only adventages that this Viewsonic Tablet has over the iPad are the same advantages that any Android tablet has over an iPad. The hardware quality is just....cheaply made, its heavier than iPad its thicker than an iPad, the screen viewing angles are horrible, lots of glitches and slow response to touch interaction. A lot of buyers actually returned the tablet due to all these imperfections. Is it worth the original pricetag at almost $500, definitely not. Is it worth the $260 its retailing for right now? If you cant afford better built Android tablets(Samsung, Motorola) or an iPad I guess that justifies it but personally I wouldnt pay $260 for a half baked product such as the Viewsonic G Tablet. Theres a reason why iPads keep selling strong and so many Android tablets struggle to the point that theyve had to drop their price from 30% to 70% in order to appeal to the consumer.

    MicroSD, USB support, miniUSB and other standard and no so standard ports are incredibly cheap to include on any tablet but they dont necessarily make your tablet experience better. Specially when theres cloud computing and bluetooth enabled devices. Flash support? Yes I wish there was flash suport for iPads but as of now Ive noticed that all my fav websites already created flash free versions of their content for iPads and iPhones so unlike before I dont miss flash nearly as much. The problem right now is that in order to build a tablet just as good as the iPad(or better) and then make it at least $100 cheaper its just a budget nightmare for manufacturers. They usually jack up specs here and there where they can get cheap components but when it comes to a tablet you have to focus on screen quality first(most expensive part in any tablet) Viewsonic tried to go too cheap here icon_sad.gif
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    Sep 30, 2011 10:36 AM GMT
    charlitos said
    riddler78 said
    RiverRising said
    charlitos said
    It will definitely work for a few things, but most likely it will lag running certain apps, it wont be as responsive as an iPad and also will end up facing some issues with upcoming Android upgrades. However u have to think that Amazon is probably trying to appeal more to those who own a kindle and got used to using a Kindle, this crowd should be fairly easy to impress.



    How do you know it will end up facing some issues with Android upgrades? How do you know this? You don't. I suggest you stick to what you know and leave the analysis to the analysts.

    Amazon's Kindle is a standalone product that appeals to a shit load of people. Amazon's Fire has created a lot of buzz, and it will fly off the shelves. Apple has every reason to be concerned, especially with Amazon's second generation Fire tablet, which will likely have a camera, microphone, better processing power overall and at a price point that will put Apple to shame. As of right now with the first generation product, Amazon's Fire is not being positioned as an iPad competitor, so all you haters, keep on hatin'. Amazon knows exactly what it's doing.

    Why don't you keep your fingers crossed for the next iPhone and iPad, and stop worrying about Amazon? I'm sure Apple will provide even more colors to choose from with a slimmer form factor and a higher price point, which you'll run out and buy without batting an eye. icon_lol.gif


    The OS while being Android, was highly modified. It is highly unlikely that you'd be able to update the Android OS to say honeycomb.

    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/what_did_amazons_kindle_fire_just_do_to_android.php

    It is interesting to look through all the material that Amazon has released for its announcement of the new Kindle Fire tablet. From the announcement of the new family of Kindles, to the product page on Amazon.com to the press release for the new cloud-based browser Silk, the word Android is not mentioned once.

    The Kindle Fire is a tablet, built off Android. Amazon developers forked Android somewhere along the way, probably from either the Frozen Yogurt 2.2 or Gingerbread 2.3.4 so really, this is actually a tablet built off a smartphone OS and not the official Android tablet OS, Honeycomb. Yet, Amazon is about to blow the rest of the Android tablet ecosystem out of the water.


    In response to the major troll he is: RiverRising

    Like riddler just said, Amazon modded the interface to a level that would make it by far more difficult to adapt to major upgrades such as Icecreamsandwhich. This doesn't mean it's impossible to to do so, it simply means it'll take time more time for Amazon to follow up with new android revisions and keep their kindles up to date.


    Learn the definition of troll, please. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 30, 2011 11:04 AM GMT
    I have 5 people who work under me in my dept. Our #'s were up significantly this year.
    They are very good underlings/staff which allows me to work from home. So I thought it would be a great idea to buy them tablets.
    I have an iPad2, so just assumed they would want the same too.
    I told them to research what they wanted. And this is what they came up with.
    1 person talked about this Amazon trinket. (Not happening. bleh! Wound up getting him the iPad2.)
    3 people wanted the Toshiba Thrive 32G
    1 person wanted the iPad.

    So far I have been VERY impressed with the Toshiba Thrive. I may retire the iPad and pick up a Thrive!

    Tristan
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    Sep 30, 2011 11:44 AM GMT
    I asked for one for Christmas, because it suits what I'd want it for - occasional web browsing, watching some movies or tv shows when traveling, and as an e-reader. In my opinion, most people that have an iPad probably only do those things on it anyway.
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    My iPad 2 sits next my bed, where it serves as an instant-on, crippleware computer for web browsing in bed when I don't want to get up and walk 10 steps to my office to use my PC.
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    RiverRising said
    charlitos said
    riddler78 said
    RiverRising said
    charlitos said
    It will definitely work for a few things, but most likely it will lag running certain apps, it wont be as responsive as an iPad and also will end up facing some issues with upcoming Android upgrades. However u have to think that Amazon is probably trying to appeal more to those who own a kindle and got used to using a Kindle, this crowd should be fairly easy to impress.



    How do you know it will end up facing some issues with Android upgrades? How do you know this? You don't. I suggest you stick to what you know and leave the analysis to the analysts.

    Amazon's Kindle is a standalone product that appeals to a shit load of people. Amazon's Fire has created a lot of buzz, and it will fly off the shelves. Apple has every reason to be concerned, especially with Amazon's second generation Fire tablet, which will likely have a camera, microphone, better processing power overall and at a price point that will put Apple to shame. As of right now with the first generation product, Amazon's Fire is not being positioned as an iPad competitor, so all you haters, keep on hatin'. Amazon knows exactly what it's doing.

    Why don't you keep your fingers crossed for the next iPhone and iPad, and stop worrying about Amazon? I'm sure Apple will provide even more colors to choose from with a slimmer form factor and a higher price point, which you'll run out and buy without batting an eye. icon_lol.gif


    The OS while being Android, was highly modified. It is highly unlikely that you'd be able to update the Android OS to say honeycomb.

    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/what_did_amazons_kindle_fire_just_do_to_android.php

    It is interesting to look through all the material that Amazon has released for its announcement of the new Kindle Fire tablet. From the announcement of the new family of Kindles, to the product page on Amazon.com to the press release for the new cloud-based browser Silk, the word Android is not mentioned once.

    The Kindle Fire is a tablet, built off Android. Amazon developers forked Android somewhere along the way, probably from either the Frozen Yogurt 2.2 or Gingerbread 2.3.4 so really, this is actually a tablet built off a smartphone OS and not the official Android tablet OS, Honeycomb. Yet, Amazon is about to blow the rest of the Android tablet ecosystem out of the water.


    In response to the major troll he is: RiverRising

    Like riddler just said, Amazon modded the interface to a level that would make it by far more difficult to adapt to major upgrades such as Icecreamsandwhich. This doesn't mean it's impossible to to do so, it simply means it'll take time more time for Amazon to follow up with new android revisions and keep their kindles up to date.


    Learn the definition of troll, please. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Nice tattoo bro ;)