Originally Posted by bettieblue
Hmm I just read today that is cost them $180 to make, so maybe my math is off but that is $19 per device they will make....not lose.
DED you are scared, I can smell your fear. The iPad finally has a real contender, backed a equally if not larger echo system.
Sure the iPad is a technically better device but so is the Xoom compared to the iPad. The rell DIFFERENCE here is $300.
Not a single user will care what OS it will run, provided it can do what they want. Every single app you can buy for it on Amazon will run on it, vs the other Andriod tablets and massive fragmentation/apps.
It is like Amazon stole Andriod from Google and watched and learned from Apple. I Love IT!!!!
My pre-order goes in today.
You're really confused about things so you may very well end up enjoying that 7" screen 8GB iPod Touch that the Fire is.
1) Bill of materials is, well, of materials. Does NOT include R&D, advertising/marketing, logistics, etc. So DED is right and it could be even a greater loss PER UNIT;
2) What Amazon Apps? It also cannot run any Android Apps. It's a Kindle, uh get it?
3) Amazon didn't steal anything, it's just trying a gamble and see what gives, throwing the clay at the wall to see if it sticks;
4) Amazon does NOT a ecosystem have. An ecosystem is an integrated system, it's not an incoherent and ugly amalgamation of stuff.
Finally, if you still didn't get it
THE KINDLE FIRE IS NOT A TABLET, IT'S AMAZON.COM WEBSTORE ON THE GO. NOTHING ELSE. Although they may want to elude you into thinking otherwise.
Still, if they believed so much in the advantage of digital over physical, they wouldn't have done such mediocre efforts at transitioning Amazon.com into digital products store. That mp3 store and that kindle store are really bad. It's really hard for them to threaten killing the golden egg goose. THEY are scared! They think this way they fool the market into thinking they (are a me-too) have a tablet etc and are ahead of the game.
Look at it. Amazon.com, which some people seem to worship (???) so much, is a very poorly designed electronic facade of a brick&mortar store. They are not much more than a online supermarket. Just because it's on the Internet and received lots of hype in the Bubble days people still think of it as great. Well, that was AGES ago. And they stood still!
The other day I tried buying a Kindle book. It was a hassle! There were Kindle eBooks far more expensive than the paperback counterparts! There's no justification for that, it's outright scandalous. I had to install a specific App to read the Kindle book and it's proprietary - I'm stuck to that App to read it, it's like it's not mine to do as I please! I hate it and try to avoid it, I feel imprisoned. I never felt that with an Apple product ever and some are proprietary!
Jeff Bezos better wake up. But I guess that growing too big too fast can get you astray...