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09-28-2011, 02:16 PM #1
Analyst: Kindle Fire To Attract Different User Than The iPad
On Wednesday, online retail giant Amazon aimed to set the tablet market on 'Fire' with the long-anticipated announcement of the company's branded tablet dubbed the Kindle Fire. As MMi reported Wednesday morning, the Kindle Fire is an Android-powered tablet that undercuts the majority of competing tablets with its introductory price of $199.
"We're building premium products at non-premium prices," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said as the new Amazon tablet was introduced. But Amazon stands poised to attract a different type of tablet user than the typical iPad owner. At least that's according Brian White of Ticonderoga Securities who asserts that the Kindle Fire model reaches a market different from "the market that Apple is addressing."
So whom is White referring to in this non-Apple market? "Essentially," White argues, "we believe the Kindle Fire addresses a different market than the iPad 2, a tablet-light user on a tight budget that may not have yet purchased a tablet or already use a Kindle."
"We find the 7-inch screen too small for a tablet device as Steve Jobs has previously highlighted, while the lack of a 3G connection will keep consumers confined to a Wi-Fi world," White concludes. "We believe Apple's long history as both a hardware and software company will continue to drive greater technological innovation in the tablet market versus Amazon. Also, the aesthetics of the Kindle Fire seem tired to us and clearly pale in comparison with the iPad 2."
Do you think White is correct? Or just might the Kindle Fire extinguish the iPad's dominance, even if only to a small degree?
09-28-2011, 02:30 PM #2
I think this product will probably do better than the rest of the android tablets out there, but for me, I would rather throw down the extra cash on a iPad 2 if im investing in a tablet to fullfill my needs.
09-28-2011, 02:42 PM #3
It may grab a large user base from people upgrading from regular Kindle to Kindle Fire. I think it has the potential to be very successful. The market is big enough for several Tablets to succeed.
09-28-2011, 03:09 PM #4
Amazon have done well - it is aimed at the lower end of the market and priced accordingly.
09-28-2011, 03:59 PM #5
Of course it attracts different users, it attracts users not smart enough to get an iPad
09-28-2011, 04:27 PM #6
Sometimes it is just about the money, not the knowledge. Honestly your statement is trying to insult people because they don't want to shell out for 499$ item and calling them "stupid".
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09-28-2011, 04:45 PM #7
Actually, I can see this becoming huge in the engineering world. At this price point, my company may consider buying one and using AutoCAD WS (available on Android) to do field markups. We will see how this works out in the long run.
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09-28-2011, 09:13 PM #11
In my opinion the UI looks way better than any other tablet I've seen. It's not just plain apps in a grid, it's more luxurious. And for people who compare it to an iPad, it's not trying to be an iPad, it's just a suped up ebook reader.
09-28-2011, 09:35 PM #12
My sister wants a iPad so bad its not funny! I told her about this today... I would hate for her to spend the money on a kindle when she could have something like this!