Amazon's Tablet: Unlikely to compete with iPad

Posted by

amazon tablet1


It is no more news that that Amazon will roll out a low cost Android tablet (called Amazon Kindle) any time soon. Well, I think we all need to see what it has to offer before we start to rejoice over it. From what I’ve read so far about it, it’s not so much a device that worth great testimonies from me. According to MG SIEGLER who has laid his hands on it at Amazon’s Design Verification Testing Unit (for about an hour), the following features can be anticipated on the device:

  1. It will be a 7” tablet with ‘two-finger’ multi-touch capacitive screen (not 10 finger like the iPad).
  2. The Amazon kindle will have no camera.
  3. It will not show case Google’s Android Market; neither will any Google app come with it. Amazon’s Android Market replaced the regular Google Android Market.
  4. There will be no physical button on the surface of the device.
  5. The device is primarily centered on Amazon’s services (I think).  Amazon’s content store is pre-installed and “just one click away”. The music player will be Amazon’s Cloud Player and the Movie player will be Amazon’s Instant Video player.
  6. One major feature which I think might attract users (especially Amazon’s customers) to this device is that it comes with a free subscription to Amazon Prime.
  7. 6GB Internal Memory.
  8. It will look much like the playbook.

Amazon Prime is a membership program that gives you and your family unlimited fast shipping, such as FREE Two-Day shipping and One-day shipping for $3.99 per item on all eligible purchases for an annual membership fee of $79. Amazon Prime members can enjoy instant videos: unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows through Amazon Instant Video at no additional cost.

The question I have for Amazon about the free “prime subscription” is that what if a buyer is already has a Prime subscription? Will they refund the money or what?

According to reliable sources, the Amazon Kindle will cost $250.


MG Siegler describes what he saw:

The interface is all Amazon and Kindle. It’s black, dark blue, and a bunch of orange. The main screen is a carousel that looks like Cover Flow in iTunes which displays all the content you have on the device. This includes books, apps, movies, etc. Below the main carousel is a dock to pin your favorite items in one easy-to-access place. When you turn the device horizontally, the dock disappears below the fold.

Above the dock is the status bar (time, battery, etc) and this doubles as a notification tray. When apps have updates, or when new subscriptions are ready for you to view, they appear here. The top bar shows “YOUR NAME’s Kindle” and then the number of notifications you have in bright orange. It looks quite nice.

However, from what I have read and heard so far, Amazon does not intend to compete with Apple with the introduction of this particular Kindle (may be the 10″ version might). The Amazon Kindle will compete strongly against Barnes and Nobles’ Nook Color.

No pictures of this device has leaked out yet. It is expected to hit the market by November.


So, what do you all think about this device? Is it worth your wish-list?

READER COMMENTS

We love to hear from you - your opinions, insights and experiences with smartphones and other gadgets. Be a part of Mobility Arena's active community by sharing a comment below if comments are enabled for this page.

One comment

  1. But that is the point. Amazon’s offering isn’t meant to compete with the iPad. Becoming an iPad competitor just underscores what is already prevalent in the tablet market today: iPad vs the rest. Amazon isn’t planning on becoming part of “the rest”. Rather, they are delivering an affordable device to serve as a platform to provide great content, which they have been known for.

Have Your Say

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Discussions are moderated for civility