I’d love to know your thoughts on this device and what it might do to Apple’s stock. Leave your thoughts in the comments. I can see this going a few different ways for Apple but right off the bat, a significantly cheaper device with similar functions makes me curious.
More on this later but holy cow.
- Wifi only, no 3G
- 7 inch full color, touch screen
- Angry Birds (and a ton of other applications)
- Full screen video
- Kindle books in color
- Dual core processor (fast)
- Free cloud storage of purchases
- Free month of Amazon Prime (to convince users to buy for the streaming video)
- 17 million songs
- 1 million books
- 100,000 streaming videos
Yes the Kindle Fire lacks 3G, has a smaller screen and doesn’t do nearly as much as the iPad when it comes to applications, cameras etc. However, for the price of two Kindle Fires and $100 in books, applications, music and video, you could get one iPad.
After checking those out, especially the price at $199, I think you’ll agree, this is going to hit Apple pretty hard. This will be coming out November 15, just in time for Christmas shopping and Black Friday sales. There will (presumably) be no new iPad for this Christmas and the cheapest iPad 2 comes in at $499, a full $300 more than the Amazon Kindle Fire.
What will be really interesting is what Barnes and Noble comes out with next. They have had the Nook Color for a while now. In my opinion, it was the first serious color eBook and on top of that, was running Android. Many people hacked the Nook to make it into a cheap and somewhat effective tablet. This new reader from Amazon seems to strike at the Nook even more so than the iPad.
I love the iPad, I live for my iPad but this has me thinking not about switching but maybe supplementing and seeing just how far this much cheaper, lighter and more durable device will get me. Maybe I don’t need an iPad…
- Amazon unveils Kindle Fire tablet
- This Is the New Kindle Fire Color – and It’s Only $199!
- Amazon Kindle Fire impressions
- Amazon launches Kindle Fire
- Amazon’s Kindle Fire: Will it stoke enthusiasm for e-reading?
Oh, I failed to mention that Amazon also announced a new Kindle starting at $79 and a touch screen, grayscale Kindle Touch starting at $99. These are both game changers. The $79 Kindle does not come with 3G but a $149 Kindle Touch does. The lifetime 3G service has been one of the factors that always kept the Kindle outselling the competition.