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Would you consider buying the Kindle Fire?

September 28, 2011

Amazon.com unveiled its long-awaited tablet computer with a $199 price tag, potentially cheap enough to give Apple iPad some serious competition for the first time.

 

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Anything to add competition to Apple. Maybe their costs will go down because of this. Go Amazon

Posted by Twins_Fan | Report as abusive
 

I don’t really need a tablet computer but at $199.00 I figure, why not? It’ll save wear and tear on my laptop.

Posted by GLK | Report as abusive
 

I trust Jeff Bezos.

Posted by blue7053 | Report as abusive
 

Almost great device. However, no SD card memory expansion, no HDMI out, only mp4 video decode. I was excited at the beginning, then I start thinking…For $199 and absolutely lack of freedom to use anything else but Amazon products only, and only on it = worthless for these money. Apple is still not challenged, since even their similarly limiting iPad offers slightly more freedom and application, besides being 10″.

The $99 Kindle Touch might be worth the money, considering offline conversion of open EPUB and FB2 book formats to the proprietary Kindle is possible through Calibri.

For a real tablet use, the Asus Transformer and Samsung with HDMI accessory cable are the only options now. Samsung however veers toward heavily customized Android GUI and no expansion ports. I like its quality build, but at the end, it is not worth the money.

I would say all these vendors have a 6 month window until Windows 8 debuts retail. Then, the history will repeat itself – Microsoft domination. It offers unification and connectivity across many devices AND local storage. Depends on Google and Apple, they may achieve parity to Win 8, if they ever evolve Android and iOS as standalone operational systems WITH file system.

There are already tablets with Windows 7 at $500 price point on the market. Mobile Intel and AMD processors are coming Q1 2012 bringing even lower price point and very long battery time. They already offer enormous usage flexibility, since the OS is Windows. As I said, unless serious evolution of Android and iOS towards open standards happen, these devices have around 6 months non-competition market time and dead end.

Posted by Ananke | Report as abusive
 

If it’s not an iPad, why would anyone want it? Only Apple makes the products people want, so this trash and all other “tablets” should taken off the market.

Posted by FlamingLiberal | Report as abusive
 

I already own another Android tablet, the Acer A500 (which I adore). I don’t think I would have bought a Kindle Fire over my Acer, since the Kindle Fire doesn’t offer the full and unmodified Android experience like my current slate does. I think people who are looking for this full Android, iOS, or Windows experience from their tablet will not be swayed by the Kindle Fire.

I do, however, feel that the Kindle Fire has the potential to tap into tons of markets the other traditional tablets are permeating. I’m more than certain there will be tons of people who will see the Fire and say “Oh, I’ve always been curious about tablets. This looks like a good chance to try one out!” I’m also more than certain there will be people who purchase the Fire just as a color e-book reader and a glorified PMP. The kind of person who would buy an iPad or Android slate are very different than the kind of person who would buy a Kindle Fire, in my opinion. So, I doubt the Kindle Fire will be an “iPad Killer,” but I also have no doubt the device is going to sell like hotcakes and immensely successful.

Posted by Stall | Report as abusive
 

The Active tablet price point is 199. Now fill it up wifi ice crem sandwich… IF IT NOT A CELL PHONE 199 will get thw masses buying on line.. The next one will be a game ender for apple plus Microsoft will get a cut.. The price goes up $10 dollars..

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