Originally Posted by lkrupp
So you consider the Fire, with no cameras, no 3G, no GPS, an ancient , highly customized version of Android, little in the way of productive apps, as keeping Apple on its toes?
Yep, at $199 I do. I'm not saying Amazon is going to compete directly on the hardware level but their "cloud" solution works pretty damn good and their hardware is only going to get better as time goes along. Remember, Apple is only one generation back from having a tablet with no cameras or GPS on their Wi-Fi only model. I imagine Amazon including those in their next generation.
You better hope some one like Amazon can keep Apple on its toes otherwise expect the continuation of mysterious half-assed cloud solutions and processor spec bumps in the near future.
When the iPad 3 is released my Kindle will be used a heck of a lot less, but between it and my iPhone, the Kindle has served its purpose well up to now.
Originally Posted by Michael Scrip
Half the size, half the storage, no cameras at all, not as many apps...
I'm all for competition... pushing others to innovate more.
But I really don't think Apple is taking notes from Amazon at this point.
Maybe if Apple made a tiny, cheaper version of the iPad... maybe...
Agreed, many fanboys though are missing the point. It can happen. Remember, the Fire is the only tablet to have some relevance 3 months after its release. Other than Apple Amazon is the only company to have some success at the tablet market, granted the Kindle and iPad are currently two different markets.
Originally Posted by xSamplex
If they [amazon] sell a 10" machine at $250, it more or less forces Apple to drop the cost of entry. That's a good thing for consumers, if not the shareholders
Originally Posted by Apple ][
Besides people who are desperately broke and people who don't have very high standards, what market is there for a 10" Amazon tablet?
With all your money I'm surprised your high standards allow you to hang with us commoners...
Look, if Amazon can keep the price down I think there is plenty of room for them to be a player. Kindles may not be the solution for anyone who visits this site, but compared to the rest of the world we are in the minority compared to the number of people who don't yet own a tablet.
Apple is just crushing, and I hope they continue to do so, the potential tablet market is still too young and untapped to suggest "Apple has won".