Sony couldn’t do it, neither could Samsung or Motorola, LG or Blackberry for that matter, but before you rush off to get your iPad 3 or 4 or 12.5 the next generation of Kindles has been released. Finally it looks like we have a player that is set to give Apple and the iPad a real run for their money.
With the release of the Kindle Fire, Amazon is tackling the tablet world and iPad supremacy head on like no other brand. Don’t be surprised if the Kindle Fire becomes the new force to be reckoned with in the future of tablets.
Now don’t get me wrong, the Kindle Fire does not do what others have failed to and simply recreate the iPad. It has taken all the great things about the tablet format and integrated them with the unique Amazon features and benefits. Even though the Kindle Fire is still in its developments stage you can see the potential for the future and the team at Apple should be starting to feel a little uncomfortable as their ‘King of the Tablet’ title faces a real challenge.
First we are going to look at the number one reason why people will buy and Amazon Kindle Fire over an Apple iPad. The price.
Most people want to use their tablets for visual entertainment on the go. End of story. Facetime, cameras, microphones and flash covers are all just a bonus to being able to watch stuff anytime anywhere with great quality graphics. I know that if I have the choice between a tablet that will let me do that for $200 and one that will do that with a few more bells and whistles for at least $500 the $200 tablet will win out every time.
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That is the real conflict that iPad face with their tablet market as this stage. Their cheapest iPad starts at $500; the Kindle Fire is $200. Coming up to Christmas in an economic climate like this price is a very big deal.
Other tablet manufacturers who followed Apple’s lead and priced their tablets accordingly despite not having the same features as the Apple product and not gaining any real traction with the buying public will also feel the sting. Some would say rightly so too. With the Kindle Fire, Amazon have stripped the tablet back and made it accessible to almost anyone.
This price point is also important as more and more schools require their students to keep up with technology. Some have even gone so far to encourage their students to buy iPads to help with their studies. The introduction of the cheaper but just as effective Kindle Fire will make this a far better option for students.
So aside from the price what is the real difference between the Kindle Fire and iPad?
The Amazon Kindle Fire is slightly smaller, with its screen measuring only 7 inches, this makes it ideal for those on the move, whereas the iPad is around 2 inches bigger, which gives you a better experience if you are into your gaming or want to watch from a static location.
The Kindle Fire does not have a camera and there are no plans to have an application like video chat available. It also does not have a microphone. But to be honest what do you need these for? Most smart phones allow you to take pictures, movies, download apps for video-chat services and can also be used as Dictaphones when required.
Like the Kindle eReader the Kindle Fire tablet is destined to provide one thing and one thing well – provide high quality media viewing and entertainment experiences without the massive price tag. Suddenly the end user has a choice, something that Apple now has to be very afraid of.