Originally Posted by caliminius
no gyroscope - just like the first iPad
bluetooth - has Apple unlocked Bluetooth for anything more than wireless headsets? If not, it's still pretty useless
no SD card slot - just like every iOS device ever
no gorilla glass - just like iOS devices
and before it comes up...
no camera - just like the first iPad. And taking pictures/video is just sort of silly with a tablet. I saw someone using an iPad as a camera in Disney World back in July and it just looked a bit ludicrous to be holding such a huge device for that purpose.
It has an accelerometer that it uses to change screen orientation, just like most every portable electronics device does.
What? You mean unsubstantiated rumors? Like the iPad 3 that was supposed to launch before the end of this year (and before the iPad even launched as well)? Or the Apple TV that was supposed to be here for Christmas? Thank goodness every rumor is true.
it seems a bit silly to compare the current Fire specs with the specs of an iPad no longer made. as far as the camera is concerned, i actually waited for the iPad 2, knowing that teardowns had shown a place in the frame for one and also knowing that video conferences would be, and have been, in important use of the iPad for me. Also, it might be silly to use an iPad to snap a photo but it makes a great camera for shooting HD video and the iMovie software is extremely easy and intuitive. The machine is also a surprisingly fun gaming device.
Ultimately, Amazon cannot maintain this price point. It is likely that all things taken together, this is a short term money loser for them. And Bezos himself has indicated that and also that the 7" is a stop gap device. Amazon needs to hang on to customers and keep them from getting accustomed to other ecosystems and burning up a little cash to do so in the holiday season is probably a wise decision, but the price, the main attraction, can't last and so the threat this poses to the iPad can't really be determined except in the short term. As others have pointed out, it may have been a better decision to develop an app for Amazon prime customers that could be built into other tablets or devices like the Apple TV or a Google TV device. i watch plenty of Netflix movies by streaming them through my Apple TV and this cost Netflix very, very little money.
We will of course know soon enough how many Fires will be sold but today there emerged one solid piece of evidence: the current wait time for a Fire to ship is 3-5 days, meaning Amazon is likely to have all or almost all of the stock it needs on day one to deliver on it's pre-orders. It's probably getting to be too late for the company to order more to be built in time for the holiday so at some point, if sales are sufficiently robust, the item will sell-out for the holiday. if sales aren't all that great past launch, then there will be plenty of stock. If the former occurs, I could imagine that would redound nicely for the iPad. People who stampede for a $49 DVD player at Walmart get the $99 one if they get to the isle too late. That's why Walmart does that, in order to sell the more profitable item.
Further, I am very interested to see what happens to sales of this device once it is no longer being offered at this loss leader price. If Amazon has to suddenly start selling this for $299 people will feel like it's a rip-off. Ask Netflix. And, as well built as this is, people replace electronics every couple of years. Estimates predict it will take about two years for Amazon to make up for the money lost on the sale of the 7" Fire. But in two years, what if they want something new? More robust? Will they be constantly making software updates to this? That involves a lot of people. If folks replace their Fire in two years with either a new Kindle device then that one can't also be a money loser or they will never catch up. And if they replace it with an iPad (as the much touted survey with it's 26% number implies) then the loss will leader will have led to nothing but an un-recouped loss.