Amazon did more than just throw down the gauntlet when it announced its $200 Kindle Fire tablet, the e-tailer may have also scared off some of the competition altogether. Oddly enough, the Kindle Fire might actually help Microsoft increase its presence in the mobile market, as OEMs look to Windows 8-based slates in order to avoid a price war among Android tablets.
Apple fans are willingly suffering through long lines today to snag an iPhone 4S, Cupertino's latest and greatest non-iPhone 5 smartphone. Be that as it may, there's already talk of what's next for Apple, though the current chatter is in regards to the next iPad tablet, not the next iPhone. Rumor has it the iPad 3 is going into production as you read this.
Take a look around and it's easy to come to the conclusion that Apple's iPad is what the masses want. After all, nobody's standing in line overnight to purchase a PlayBook. Next on the list is Android, though only if the price is right (and Amazon's Kindle Fire is priced right). Where does Windows fit in with all this? Maybe much higher than you think.
Amazon set the tablet world ablaze by pricing its Kindle Fire at just $199, and it took all of two nanoseconds for Research In Motion to react by making sure its sales partners marked its BlackBerry PlayBook down. The pressure is on for competing tablet makers to slash prices or risk losing ground to Amazon. Will Asus be next? Don't hold your breath.
Part for part and with manufacturing costs taken into account, Amazon appears to be losing $10 for every Kindle Fire tablet it sells, according to a build of materials (BOM) estimate IHS iSuppli put together. The reason Amazon can afford to sell hardware at a loss -- if in fact the mega online retailer really is losing money -- is because it will make up for it in services and sales after the fact. If the numbers are correct, Amazon will have to make up $950,000 just to account for the first day of pre-order sales.
Just days after Amazon let the cat out of the bag and announced its 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet, Samsung is putting the word out that it's getting ready to launch a new addition to is Galaxy Tab line, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Like the Kindle Fire, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus features a 7-inch form factor, but also comes rocking a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and Google's Honeycomb OS.
All eyes right now are on Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet, and that could spell trouble for Toshiba. Like the Kindle Fire, Toshiba's tablet is scheduled to ship in November. And also like the Kindle Fire, Toshiba's Thrive is a 7-inch slate with a dual-core processor running Google's Android OS. The problem Toshiba will have is in convincing consumers the Thrive is worth twice as much as the Kindle Fire.
Amazon officially entered the tablet sweepstakes today by unveiling the Kindle Fire, a 7-inch slate that will compete against Apple's iPad in a smaller form factor that costs much less. The online retailer announced during a live press event in New York this morning that the Kindle Fire will cost $199, while other details are still trickling to the Web.
Tomorrow's shaping up to be a big day for Amazon, assuming all those reports turn out to be true. Word on the Web is that Amazon will officially unveil its first tablet, which TechCrunch says will be called the "Kindle Fire." Think of it as Amazon's answer to Barnes & Nobles' Nook Color, only perhaps a bit more versatile and, according to reports, with the backing of several major magazine publishers. Here's what we know so far.
Research In Motion has put itself in a bit of a pickle with its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. RIM launched the device before it was fully cooked and it jumped into the mobile fray missing critical features like native email, calendar, and contacts support. In our review of RIM's tablet, we concluded that "unless and until RIM finishes fleshing out the PlayBook, there's no reason to buy it." Turns out we weren't the only ones who felt that way.