Amazon is creating an Android-driven tablet. Is this news, or just another tablet in the iPad vs. Everyone camp? The Kindle's are nice, but the things that make them nice are quite different from what you'd want in a tablet (the "digital ink", small form factor), etc. Great to see these giants of the industry (Amazon & Apple) going to head to head. The consumer (us!) is the winner :)
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- I'm going with a Chromebook. Tablets are nice (I love the Xoom I've been using at work) but I'd like a keyboard.Jul 15, 2011
- I have a 1st Gen Nook that I love. I don't need a glossy-screened colour e-reader, and I have an iPhone.
I am happy.Jul 15, 2011
- I <3 my 1st gen nook.Jul 20, 2011
- Amazon is a content provider selling a hardware access device for that content.
Apple is a hardware access device company that moved into selling content.
Let's see which paradigm wins. :)Sep 28, 2011
- The Kindle tablet is very cheap... The IPad, not so muchSep 28, 2011
- Damn it, it is a nook color with updated hardware. Just as useless until you root/rom it. They aren't trying to compete or they would have made better hardware(unless you compare it to the first gen iPad)
I think that the entire idea of creating devices that are LIMITED as a model is bad. Yes, I get that amazon and barnes and noble want to create portals to their content, but they could/should just work on their content rather than creating devices that only do some things they want.
Apple created a device that does a lot, not everything, it has limitations, but those limitations are very controlled and don't hinder what the device CAN do to an extreme that it is a waste.
The iPad killer has been out for a while, or should I say it is evolving. Android OS as a whole, because of the lack of limits on what the software is capable of, can usually do things that apple's devices can't do, or maybe never will do. As an example Apple will never allow free VOIP calling because they are married to carriers that need you to spend minutes, android allows it.
So all that is missing from "the iPad killer" is the hardware that will truly go above and beyond what apple will create, or at least something that provides functionality that apple will not allow in their closed eco-system. What would kill apple is when android proves that app developers can sell as many apps with them as apple, without the horrible approval process.
Oh, and when ice cream sandwich is fully released, android will have an OS that works across tablets and phones just like IOS, which should improve stability and scalability.
All that said.. the kindle device is as far from being an iPad competitor as the nook color was, and it is not even feasible to consider a killer. It got a hardware update over the nook-- that is it.Oct 17, 2011