by Tim · Filed Under: Gadgets
AMAZON HAS RELEASED THE KINDLE FIRE AND IT’S NO MYSTERY OTHERS ARE CALLING THIS THE IPAD KILLER
Well the time has come once again with what some are saying is the next iPad killer. Amazon has released their new Kindle Fire with an all new look and OS. It’s just Android with a lot of tweaks Amazon is saying. So why is this the next big thing that will kill the iPad? Bigger companies like Samsung and Motorola released their tablets and guess what, they were said to be the next gadget to put the iPad in it’s grave. Neither one has succeeded, so why does Amazon think they got what it takes?
They don’t and no tablet has yet to meet the makers match. All the Kindle Fire is is a glorified e-book reader with some extra punches, without a camera, mic and doesn’t come in 3G. Sure it’s a great device, but no where near what an iPad has to offer. I really do like all the 7″ tablets that are coming out and I think Apple needs to start considering offering a 7″ version of the iPad with a lower price. I think what’s going to draw people to the Kindle Fire is the price. We just saw the HP Touchpad go on sale for a record low $99 and completely sold out of stores and online in record time. People were then reselling them for up to $250 and still selling out of them. So we know price point is huge in the tablet world. With this thing selling for $199, it’s definately going to a good thing for Amazon.
Now if Amazon really wants to compete with the iPad, it’s going to have to drop the Kindle name and start with a new fresh and hip name. When the Kindle was first introduced it was nothing more than an e-book reader. Each version after that added a couple extras, but still it was an e-book reader in peoples minds. So Amazon has cornered themselves with this Kindle name and it’s going to be hard for people to think of that name as a true media tablet like the others.
I think the Kindle Fire is a nice tablet, but just isn’t close to kill the competition. What are your thoughts?