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09-28-2011, 09:28 AM #1
Amazon Drops a Bomb, Announces $199 'Fire' Tablet
Amazon added some fuel to the Kindle and announced their entry into the tablet market with the Amazon Fire. Its biggest feature is undoubtedly the $199 price tag, positioning it well below Apple’s cheapest iPad.
The Fire has a 7-inch IPS display (Gorilla glass and 169 pixels per inch) and only 8GB of storage. The fire has a dual core CPU, WiFi only, and weighs a meager 14.6 ounces. For those of you worried 8GB wont be enough storage space, Amazon is going to let anyone who buys a Fire store as much content in Amazon's Cloud as they want, allowing them to delete and retrieve content as they please.
Fire users will have access to 100,000 movies and TV Shows, 17 million songs, the Android Appstore, Kindle Books, and all of Amazon’s content via the Fire (fees and subscriptions apply). Movies and content will synch across all the user’s Amazon streaming enabled devices meaning a movie paused on the Fire will pick up exactly where the user left off on their TV at home. Everything synchs in the background as well. No updates of any kind will have to be done by the user.
The Fire runs an incredibly customized Android user interface and reports from the announcement confirm that this little device is fast. Very, very fast. Amazon—in an effort to speed up mobile web browsing—has even developed their own web browser called “Silk.” Silk works by processing some information on the tablet itself, but farms the bulk of the processing load to Amazon’s EC2 computer cluster. The technology—called Dynamic Split Browsing—can do every process locally or remotely.
Silk essentially uses Amazon’s cloud to act as an infinite cache for your web pages. Silk even learns your browsing patterns. Frequent ModMyi? Silk will pre-load those pages allowing for an almost instantaneous launch when visiting the site.
Amazon appears to have delivered, but not necessarily an iPad killer. Rather they produced a device with a decidedly different approach. It’s minimalistic. Doesn’t flaunt its power like other Android tablets. It clearly lacks features the iPad has like a camera, microphone, 3G connectivity, GPS, etc. but, this is purely a media viewing device. Content creation and business communication isn't a concern.
Amazon has distilled the media viewing experience down to its bare essence and appears to have successfully married it to their cloud services to produce the first true cloud-based tablet. Sure it isn’t an iPad killer, it lacks a number of features to do so. But, I’m willing to bet there are enough consumers out there who will opt for a cheaper device, and at $199 it’s $300 cheaper than Apple’s cheapest iPad. That’s a lot of money to a lot of people.
Pre-orders start today and the first shipments will land on customers' doorsteps November 15th.
Source: Amazon Announcement
Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 09-28-2011 at 09:31 AM.
09-28-2011, 09:37 AM #2
Nice!!! Finally a product that isn't competing w/ iPad but shows technological advances! Sounds cool!
09-28-2011, 09:57 AM #3
Whether this is an iPad killer or not remains to be determined by the consumer. But you can't make the premature assumption that it is not because it was just released and you have no idea what kind of success or failure it will have. And it obviously wasn't meant to have all the features the iPad has with its $199 price tag.
And here we go.....another rectangular device with rounded corners that im sure Apple is just itching to drop a lawsuit on.
Last edited by RICO_; 09-28-2011 at 10:03 AM.
09-28-2011, 10:07 AM #4
09-28-2011, 10:14 AM #5
Count me in if it can run Flash (which it should). I need a cheap device to stream Flash video, NFL Sunday Ticket, etc....
09-28-2011, 10:18 AM #6
You are right about the consumer deciding whether or not it will be an iPad Killer, but I stand by my remarks that it won't. Apple is positioned to far ahead and with too much market momentum to be ousted from the top. What Amazon has put forth is a device that could finally take away a sizable chunk of Apple's market share, but the two devices have decidedly different intentions. Sure they share some market overlap, but the Fire isn't capable of being the all-in-one mobile computing solution the iPad is. It has been developed as more of a mobile media player, albeit the most capable one we've seen yet.
The Fire's biggest hurdle is going to be its minimal amount of on-board storage. Anyone with a large number of games and applications isn't going to want this device. Download multi-GB games from the cloud every time you want to play them isn't going make very many people happy.
That said, people will work around the Fire's shortcomings especially with its $199 price tag. We'll have to wait and see how Amazon disrupts the current tablet market, but my money is betting on Apple staying on top with Amazon eating up the potential Android market and as a result eventually releasing an updated fire with a larger capacity down the line.
09-28-2011, 10:33 AM #7
I see no way that this competes with the iPad. Personally I do not use ibooks, I havent even downloaded it. I mean honestly, will there eve be a big library of apps? Who's going to rush out and develope Amazon kindle device.
09-28-2011, 10:40 AM #8
More competitions, better for consumers. Great price for a Tablet that plays flash.
09-28-2011, 10:41 AM #9
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09-28-2011, 10:53 AM #11
Good product for it's price.
09-28-2011, 11:07 AM #12
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09-28-2011, 11:16 AM #14
This is actually exactly what I've been waiting for. The iPad was way overkill for my needs which included couch surfing and playing movies on the go. No need for gaming or business use. I'll be pickin one of these bad boys up for sure.
09-28-2011, 11:30 AM #15
I think this would be a good thing for me to get my mom for xmas. She's been wanting a kindle, this is better. I can still get the ipad 3 for me later.
09-28-2011, 11:42 AM #16
My nephew was going to get my sister a kindle for Christmas... I am going to let her know about this! She would like a iPad but neither my nephew or sister can afford one however they can this one! Maybe Apple might lower their prices to compete with this one!
09-28-2011, 12:26 PM #17
So basically the biggest thing Apple has going for their iPad sales against the Fire would be the vast customer base they have already acquired combined with customer loyalty.....which is a HUGE factor for Apple.
But IMO this Amazon tablet will probably take a pretty good chunk out of the market IF it isn't riddled with problems. Especially with the Holidays coming up.
09-28-2011, 12:42 PM #18
Man this'll really help them in competition with the Nook
09-28-2011, 12:55 PM #19
09-28-2011, 01:12 PM #20
Just preordered mine