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  • Amazon Notices $100 TouchPads Fly off Shelves, Prices Their Tablet Accordingly


    According to the New York Post, Amazon will be releasing an Android tablet for "hundreds less" than the iPad's cheapest model.

    The price declaration reported in the Post article pegs Amazon's Android tablet to be at most $299. The tablets, which have an October release window, will come preloaded with Amazon's App store and "deep Kindle integration."

    Amazon is hoping to succeed where HP failed with its TouchPad by introducing their product at a cheaper initial price point, and hopefully recoup the cost through revenues generated by their Amazon App store integration and Kindle integration. Then again, Amazon could look at the TouchPads demise as proof to succeed as a tablet maker in an iPad world, tablet makers need to sell their products at incredibly discounted "fire-sale" prices.

    It seems the precedent has been set that the "hundreds less" claim needs to be a lot more than two hundred less, and Amazon will need to foot the bill through increased app sale revenue.

    Source: NYP
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Amazon Notices $100 TouchPads Fly off Shelves, Prices Their Tablet Accordingly started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      None of the competition has been as good as the iPad2 so at the same price it was a no brainer. A product that is 'nearly' as good but for less money will appeal to lots of people. Wether this is cheap enough or the product good enough remains to be seen, but it's a good start.
    1. elite_jounin's Avatar
      elite_jounin -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      None of the competition has been as good as the iPad2 so at the same price it was a no brainer. A product that is 'nearly' as good but for less money will appeal to lots of people. Wether this is cheap enough or the product good enough remains to be seen, but it's a good start.
      Agreed, you hit the nail on the head with that one.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      None of the competition has been as good as the iPad2 so at the same price it was a no brainer. A product that is 'nearly' as good but for less money will appeal to lots of people. Wether this is cheap enough or the product good enough remains to be seen, but it's a good start.
      The competition is as good and in some cases better than the iPad 2. apple clearly sees the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as a threat to the ipad2, hence all the frivolous lawsuits.

      Last year apple held over 90% of the tablet market., this year its down to 60-something. in just one year they've lost nearly a third of the market share they held.

      Amazon has now joined the game and they have a retail powerhouse that gives them many advantages over other Android Tablet manufacturers.

      Price will make anything move but price is not whats driving or hindering tablet sales weather its iOS or Android.

      Every aspect of the Android OS is growing and growing at a tremendous rate. by October, Android tablets will have Quad Core processors and true 720p displays, Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to address the shortcomings of Android and the myth about a lack of tablet specific apps has already but put to rest.

      Apple sells well because of the name apple, even if they put out a clearly inferior product it will sell well because apple has a dependency on the uninformed consumer. and uninformed consumers don't know of and don't care about specs ecosystems.

      I asked a young lady once, why she wanted an iPhone? all she could do is giggle and shrug her shoulders. she only wanted it because its an iPhone. I honestly believe that MOST iDevice owners are just like her.
    1. nashlib's Avatar
      nashlib -
      For many a mere mortal - the simplicity of an iOS is far more important and aesthetically appealing that all the tech wizardry offered by android - ( for which if anyone asks us to by a simple nokia phone - I can only roll my eyes, shrug and shake my head )
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      The HP Touchpad failed because of lack of apps, and the price was to high. It has great hardware, just crap for software.

      The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the only true competitor to the iPad 2. IMO the Galaxy Tab is better then iPad 2. It's thinner, lighter and faster. ( Now I see why apple is suing Samsung.)

      But anyways, any tablet that has great hardware like the HP Touchpad. At $99 or $149 is a complete steal.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Android will catch up with iOS one day but all reviews I've seen of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 so far say that it's not their yet. Android phones have taken market share because they are many and cheaper (in the main). If anyone can develop a tablet that is as good as the iPad it still has the App store to compete against - and the apps just aren't there yet on the android store for tablets - and those that are can't be found.
      Flash and multitasking haven't persuaded the buyers - only price, I believe, will.
      I believe HP were losing over $200 for every tablet they sold at those prices so I don't believe we will see anything like that in the near future.
      Android has some advantages over iOS - but what seem like advantages to tech savvy users can seem like disadvantages to end users. The iPad has been so successful (IMHO) because it can be taken out of the box and used by a child - no tinkering needed - it is a consumer product.
      I'm sure the market will change but at the moment I don't see anything even in the pipeline, to knock the iPad2 of it's number one spot - except, of course, the iPad3.
    1. DirtyDan's Avatar
      DirtyDan -
      If anybody is going to give Apple a good fight it'll be Amazon. I'm very interested, can't wait to see their tablet.
    1. Ticko's Avatar
      Ticko -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluemoldycheeze88 View Post
      The HP Touchpad failed because of lack of apps, and the price was to high. It has great hardware, just crap for software.

      The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the only true competitor to the iPad 2. IMO the Galaxy Tab is better then iPad 2. It's thinner, lighter and faster. ( Now I see why apple is suing Samsung.)

      But anyways, any tablet that has great hardware like the HP Touchpad. At $99 or $149 is a complete steal.
      i will have to disagree...as I just recently acquired a few of these uber cheap touchpads i have to say that the OS is actually brilliant. If it had Apple's App Store, there would be no question this product would have sold. Many reviewers of the TouchPad rag on the performance (or hardware) of the product, but honestly a little homebrewing (which is majorly supported by WebOS) and your touchpad will be flying just like an iPad2. But for me the app store isnt what makes teh ipad great...yes there are billions of apps and they are the first to get the best apps, but 90% of the time the best apps will make its way to ALL platforms leaving just the ****** worthless apps left in the app store.
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      Apple sells well because of the name apple, even if they put out a clearly inferior product it will sell well because apple has a dependency on the uninformed consumer. and uninformed consumers don't know of and don't care about specs ecosystems.
      As a programmer and user from the punch card days, you're uninformed about consumers. It's way past time that tech companies dumped techy/buggy crap (like Windows) onto the unsuspecting consumer...but so far only Steve Jobs and Apple have recognized that. Sure, Android will sell, but only on price. BTW, Google is in danger of becoming like Sun, cranking out somewhat nifty products they don't make a dime on (Java). Google makes, what, 95% of their revenue from their search engine ads...they haven't a clue as to how to monetize Android, or gmail, or anything else they make. They're a bunch of geek kids in a sandbox, great fun while their one revenue stream lasts. Apple meanwhile makes astonishing profits on ALL their products.

      I asked a young lady once, why she wanted an iPhone? all she could do is giggle and shrug her shoulders. she only wanted it because its an iPhone. I honestly believe that MOST iDevice owners are just like her.
      Nice prejudice there from one data point. You probably also like to drive old British cars so you can tinker 10 hours for every one hour of driving. The rest of the world buys reliable modern cars so they can just hop in and get to their destination. It's the task, stupid, not the tool.

      @Ticko:

      "Many reviewers of the TouchPad rag on the performance (or hardware) of the product, but honestly a little homebrewing (which is majorly supported by WebOS) and your touchpad will be flying just like an iPad2."

      Wonderful..."yes, many people rag on the Yugo's performance, but really just a little garage tinkering and tuneup and it'll run great just like a Honda."
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      You probably also like to drive old British cars so you can tinker 10 hours for every one hour of driving.
      Doesn't everyone?
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ticko View Post
      i will have to disagree...as I just recently acquired a few of these uber cheap touchpads i have to say that the OS is actually brilliant. If it had Apple's App Store, there would be no question this product would have sold. Many reviewers of the TouchPad rag on the performance (or hardware) of the product, but honestly a little homebrewing (which is majorly supported by WebOS) and your touchpad will be flying just like an iPad2. But for me the app store isnt what makes teh ipad great...yes there are billions of apps and they are the first to get the best apps, but 90% of the time the best apps will make its way to ALL platforms leaving just the ****** worthless apps left in the app store.
      My statement was based on what I have read so far from reviews. My touchpad is suppose to arrive Tomorrow.

      But yes the app store is truly lacking and I do hear that with a homebrew you get better performance.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      WebOS is great - I had high hopes for it. But it is now, effectively if not actually, dead. It was the one OS best able to challenge iOS IMHO - now we are left with Android, Windows Phone and Bada - the latter two I have very little faith in.
      I hope I'm proved wrong, but I'm not that impressed at the moment with the alternatives
    1. CovariantTensor's Avatar
      CovariantTensor -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluemoldycheeze88 View Post
      The HP Touchpad failed because of lack of apps, and the price was to high. It has great hardware, just crap for software.

      The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the only true competitor to the iPad 2. IMO the Galaxy Tab is better then iPad 2. It's thinner, lighter and faster. ( Now I see why apple is suing Samsung.)

      But anyways, any tablet that has great hardware like the HP Touchpad. At $99 or $149 is a complete steal.
      No, your wrong. If anything it's the hardware that was crap. Didn't you read the article here talking about how underpowered the TouchPad was. The engineers even compiled Web OS to run on the iPad 2 tablet. Guess what? It ran several times faster. Still doen't mean WebOS is any good though.
    1. Tkaneci2's Avatar
      Tkaneci2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      None of the competition has been as good as the iPad2 so at the same price it was a no brainer. A product that is 'nearly' as good but for less money will appeal to lots of people. Wether this is cheap enough or the product good enough remains to be seen, but it's a good start.
      Agree
    1. SolarCenturion's Avatar
      SolarCenturion -
      I personally thought the touchpad failed because it only had wi-fi connectivity. Despite the proliferation of public wi-fi hot spots, it's still not everywhere.

      Amazon did it right with the Kindle when they offered free 3G. They need to keep that up. A wi-fi only device is worthless to me.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Amazon get the content providers to pay for the 3G on the Kindle (which is why there are so few pictures as they pay by the kb) they couldnt do that with the Internet...

      Lots of people are happy with WiFi only and don't want to pay the premium for a 3G device or the 20 every 6 months for the data.
    1. ikesmasher's Avatar
      ikesmasher -
      Quote Originally Posted by CovariantTensor View Post
      No, your wrong. If anything it's the hardware that was crap. Didn't you read the article here talking about how underpowered the TouchPad was. The engineers even compiled Web OS to run on the iPad 2 tablet. Guess what? It ran several times faster. Still doen't mean WebOS is any good though.
      It had a duo core (i think 1.1) proccessor. The problem wasent the hardware, it was the way webOS was implemented...If you threw android onto a touchpad, im pretty sure it would be pretty damn fast.