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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...
08-28-2011, 12:27 AM #1
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.
08-28-2011, 04:39 AM #2
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.He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.
08-28-2011, 10:23 AM #3
08-28-2011, 10:29 AM #4
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.
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08-28-2011, 11:16 AM #5
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 )
08-28-2011, 11:46 AM #6
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.
08-28-2011, 12:13 PM #7
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.He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.
08-28-2011, 12:51 PM #8
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.
08-28-2011, 01:05 PM #9
08-28-2011, 03:48 PM #10
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.
"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."
08-28-2011, 03:51 PM #11
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08-28-2011, 04:09 PM #13
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 alternativesHe who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.
08-28-2011, 07:21 PM #14
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08-29-2011, 01:34 PM #16
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.
08-29-2011, 01:55 PM #17
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.
08-29-2011, 06:20 PM #18