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After years of complete utter domination (monopoly) of the global tablet market, Apple is starting to see the rise of some serious entries from various companies.  One in particular seems to stand out from the rest of Apples competitors, Amazon’s “Kindle Fire” tablet.  While it lacks several options that the iPad has such as camera and support for 3G, and lacks the cache of the Apples App store, it definitely makes up with other options.

Personally I love the iPad, but I like what I’m seeing in the Fire tablet. The Kindle Fire has a lightning quick browser which uses the cloud to cache web data.  Amazon also uses the cloud infrastructure to deliver the vast array of data from its content libraries to the Fire. It has a beautiful color touch screen, run apps and plays videos similar to the iPad. It is smaller than the iPad with a 7” screen.  Now for the moment of truth!!!   iPad=$499    Kindle Fire=$199Just food for thought and there’s a lot more coming. Questions?  Comments?

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Comments on: "Amazon’s Kindle Fire: A promising beacon in the tablet wars" (10)

  1. Excellent post with some good points. But I think we’re all missing an important problem that seems to plague most, if not all, of these incredibly sexy devices that everyone wants: their total lack of respect for user freedom.

    Apple can control what goes on your iPad. In fact, without a lot of work on your part, installing 3rd party software on the device can be a royal pain. Amazon does the same with the Kindle and has even been known to remotely wipe content off of the device after people purchased it. In short, even though you bought the device, it’s really not yours because the manufacturer can still do pretty much what it wants with it.

    Imagine applying this to an automobile purchase. You go and spend $35,000 and buy a really nice car. But then, Ford or whoever makes it tells you ‘OK, here are the rules for using this car’. They tell you that you can’t drive with certain people in the car, you can’t make any modifications unless it’s approved by them, and they reserve the right to send a company rep out to inspect your car whenever they want and that company rep might remove unauthorized parts from your vehicle. Would we put up with that? Of course not! Why would we put up with it on a device that has the potential to invade our privacy then?

    I would love a tablet and almost bought an iPad when they came out. But until manufacturers start respecting our freedom, I’m not giving them my hard earned cash. Amazon might be cheaper, but they are just as wrong as Apple and everyone else.

  2. At the declining rate of the cost of these Tablets, I am sitting out and thanks to “MOORE’S LAW”, one should expect more capacity, more processing and more everything else within the next three quarters.
    I would predict that I would get a new powerful tablet by paying no more that $25.00 by June 30, 2012…This has happened with the PC, LCD Flat TV, Digital Cameras and The Digital Tablet would not be an exception…AMAZON aleready came out with a $100.00 Tablet this week. It will be $50.00 to $70.00 by Christmas…

    • After researching for the past week, I realize that you are right. It’s just a matter of time before the price of tablets drastically come down. Here’s an interesting story I found. “One week after Amazon released the Kindle Fire, the first tablet computer to present a serious threat to Apple‘s iPad, another historic tablet was released. On the other side of the world on October 5, India launched the world’s cheapest tablet, Aakash, priced at just $35 for students with government subsidies or $60 in stores, which the government hopes will reduce the digital divide between rich and poor.

      If that price — roughly one-tenth the cost of the cheapest iPad — doesn’t sound accessible enough, the Indian government is distributing the first 100,000 units of the Android-powered tablet to college students for free, Reuters reports. “The rich have access to the digital world, the poor and ordinary have been excluded. Aakash will end that digital divide,” said Kapil Sibal, India’s minister of communications and information technology.

      The tablet was developed by DataWind, a small British company, with researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology. In addition to fitting the price to the budget of middle class Indians, the device was tested playing two hours of video at 118 degrees Fahrenheit to replicate the oppressive heat of northern India’s summers”

      source:mashable.com

  3. To be honest Gerard, i am totally agree with you because, this is what i think about apple. they just are too exclusive, and not everybody can afford to buy a little toy like an IPAD, because of the price and basically you just cant customize it, but with this new kindle for $199.00 you get the books, and affordable prices, to their apps, which i think is good and very versatile.

    I Used to work in a electroninc store, and believe me there a bunch of tablets out there that do a better job than a IPAD.

    And if you think about it, most of this huge manufacturers like HP, Toshiba etc, they are switching to Android because is more cost efective and they give the freedom that their customers are looking for. Thin about this. Who in the world will give more than 150,000 apps at no charge?????

  4. Leroy Bennett said:

    This is some good information. I’m in need of a pad or a laptop, and knowing this information makes it worth looking into this investment. Thanks for the information.

  5. Geoffrey Burbage said:

    Excellent commentary, although I have no need for the devices at this time, you’re comments provide insight into the degree of detail you’ve obviously researched on the subject. Well done.

  6. Manouchka said:

    Having so much power over the market made Apple complacent; prices stayed high and improvements were hard to come because the competition did not really measure up. The new Kindle tablet ought to keep some Apple executives up at night.
    It’s the same problem with Netflix, being the leading on-demand internet streaming media; the company is charging its customers almost double the price for the same service. A few months ago, Netflix announced that they split the plan into streaming and video and charge a different price for each option and the new price change affects both loyal customers and new prospects (Unfair). Customers should be grandfathered under the old plan to encourage them to stay with the company. I, a Netflix customer since 2008, await the next company to offer a better plan for me to jump ship.

  7. Michelle said:

    Nicely written.
    Still trying to figure out what benefits this would be to me? Right now, my laptop is more than enough 🙂
    M

    • Michelle, I understand your thoughts. I am simply supplying a non-biased opinion about up and coming technology and products. The purpose of this blog is to keep you informed as to the pros and cons of the latest technologies and products associated with them. I thank you for your comment and I look forward to hearing from you.

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