Amazon is almost certainly losing money on each Kindle Fire tablet it sells, but the dollar amount might not be as high as some analysts originally thought. According to preliminary findings from IHS iSuppli's teardown analysis, the Kindle Fire carries a BOM (build of materials) cost of $185.60 for the hardware, and $201.70 overall when factoring in manufacturing services expenses.
Computer system builders like Hewlett-Packard and Dell may look to pull out of the tablet market now that both Amazon and Barnes & Noble cannonballed the shallow end of the pool. Over in the deep end is Apple with its full-size (9.7-inch) iPad line, the only one that seems to be able to stay afloat at the $500 mark and above. Is it worth trying to compete anymore?
More good news for budget conscious tablet shoppers. For those of you who pre-ordered a Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble, it too is shipping early, just like Amazon's Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch. The Nook Tablet was supposed to ship out on November 18, 2011 (this Friday), but will be available for pick-up from B&N stores a day early.
So the Kindle Fire’s out, and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is due any day now, too. But if you’re in the mood for a cheap, yet awesome tablet this holiday season, it might just be worth it to brave the crowds and – GASP – venture out to Best Buy on Black Friday. A leaked ad shows that the older, but still viable Asus Eee Pad Transformer will be available for just $250 on that crappiest of days. That’s the same price as the Nook Tablet and just $50 more than the Fire.
The Kindle Fire is already the best selling item on Amazon.com, and it's going to arrive on customers' doorsteps one day early, the e-tailer announced today. Kindle Fire shipments were supposed to go out tomorrow, but the $199 tablets are already loaded up on trucks and headed out to the their destinations, and it's anyone's guess as to why.
We don't have a whole lot of details to go on, but what little information we do have regarding Lenovo's upcoming 10.1-inch tablet is pretty exciting. The full size tablet is expected to launch by the end of the year, and when it does, it will reportedly bring a host of high-end hardware and features to the mobile party, including Nvidia's Tegra 3 platform and Google's Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.
Still steaming over Netflix's recent shenanigans and couldn't care less that it's going to be available on the Kindle Fire you pre-ordered? Well hey, you have options, and Amazon just sent us word that Hulu Plus is joining its selection of several thousands of apps that will be available on the Kindle Fire next week, provided you're down with the $8/month subscription.
If Amazon's Kindle Fire fails to shake up the tablet market and pose a real threat to Apple's iPad, it won't be for lack of interest. Only a lack of execution can stop the Kindle Fire from being considered a huge success, because at this point, Amazon is on pace to move a lot of units by the end of the year, and the Kindle Fire isn't even available yet.
Wall warts are our least favorite option for charging mobile devices. They’re bulky, ugly, and no matter which angle they’re oriented, they inevitably block the adjacent outlet on the strip or on the wall. Joy Factory’s innovative Zip USB Touch-n-Go eliminates them forever. It’s a little expensive, and it’s probably bigger than it needs to be, but we dig it.
Research In Motion wants to make it clear that it intends to keep supporting and developing Adobe Flash for its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, even though Adobe itself is abandoning Flash on the mobile Web in order to "aggressively contribute to HTML5." Dan Dodge, President and CEO of RIM's QNX operations, announced RIM's continued commitment to Flash in a blog post.