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My final thought on the kindile fire
I came across this while browsing the web
10-inch Kindle Fire production by holiday season tip insiders
Chris Davies, Sep 30th 2011
Amazons 10.1-inch Kindle Fire tablet is expected to hit production before the end of the year, with shipments potentially in time for the 2011 holiday sales season, according to the latest rumors. Although the larger Kindle tablet was initially tipped for release in early 2012,*DigiTimes sources reckon Amazon is pushing ahead with a more aggressive timescale for the Foxconn-produced 10-incher.
Foxconn already produces the Amazon Kindle ereaders for the retailer, though reportedly passed up on the Kindle Fire production contract as it was already stretched manufacturing Apples iPad. Instead, Amazon supposedly worked with Quanta on designing and producing the 7-inch Kindle Fire, basing the tablet, in part, on the existing legwork Quanta had done on the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Previous rumors have suggested that its the larger tablet that Amazon is most proud of, with the model announced on Wednesday being something of a rush-job to get to the market in time. Its not expected to ship until November 15, however, which wouldnt leave much time prior to the holidays for Amazon to also make a suitable song and dance about the 10-inch version.
If this is true it makes me wonder if this is the rumored 10inch design of the playbook. On top of all the bad press the playbook has gotten it kills me how the early reviews for the kindle fire are amazing. Excellent hardware, fast processor, and no mention of its 7 inch size as a liability. Yet the only thing positive critics say about the playbook is it web browser.
There no wonder there was never a Kindle app for playbook. Amazon probably made one and saw how great it looked and performed on the quanta device. Also in the video the page turning GUI looked strikingly similar to the TAT touch put on scrolling through pictures on the playbook.
As i watch the kindle fire it feels like the knife being turned in my back and all i can yell is RIM do something...fight like Americans and sue someone. Its like RIM is excluded from the good ole boys club (US tech companies) and regardless of device release will never get a fair chance.
- 10-02-11, 05:15 PM #2
Other than the low price I think the release of the KF is good for the PlayBook. At least it has raised some awareness of it and without RIM spending marketing $$. Now if RIM can turn this awareness into something good.. that is the question.
- 10-02-11, 05:17 PM #3
I guess its not a fight for the best device anymore. The fight is who can leverage their web presence.
Thanks to Android, any fool can come up with a mobile device. Get the hardware made in China, load Android and pimp out your own web presence through that device. R&D? What's that?
- 10-02-11, 05:35 PM #4
- 10-02-11, 07:06 PM #5
Maybe Amazon has been holing out on the kindle app for playbook cause they will release a Kindle Fire app for playbook that is basically the Fire OS. Then the playbook would be seen as a bigger cousin of the amazon tablet rather than being a direct competitor. Amazon isn't selling it at such a cheap price cause they are in it to make money on the hardware. They want to make money on the content they provide. RIM is desperate to have people develop apps for the playbook and the reason why we haven't hear an announcement about what rim thinks about the fire, is because they don't want to squash the relationship they are trying to build with amazon.
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Interesting thought. If that is indeed the case, if not then RIM should do or say something.
But no matter what relationship your trying to build, if it kills you...its not a good relationship.
Also, that line of thinking didn't apply to Android or Apple, why do they have kindle apps without waiting for the fire to burn into their earnings.
- 10-02-11, 07:53 PM #8
As for stealing the PB right out from under Rim, I agree fully with you. And I would hope that Rim's legal department is hard at work figuring out what legal recourse they may have. Apple has won injunctions against Samsung because their tablet looks too much like an iPad. I'd say they have set precedent for a Rim win there as the Fire does far more to damage Rim than just look similar. I think both Qanta and Amazon may find themselves in court over this one.
- 10-02-11, 08:29 PM #11
Amazon will look for any and all reasons to make money. They have no qualms. I HIGHLY doubt that they held out on a PB app to sabotage it. These are the same folks who sell the Playbook!
I would guess the lack of an app has to do more with relatively low demand for one. I am sure it will come out eventually.
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10-02-11, 09:02 PM #12
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The thing that I see as being disappointing to me is developers will not initiate any new plans for the PB with all the bad press RIM and the PB have been getting from the day the PB was launched. We will never know if potential developers are/will turn their backs on the PB because we will never see their potential products.
For example, I have a Slingbox and while Slingbox has an app for some BB handsets, they stopped introducing more compatible versions of Slingbox Mobile for any BB from the Torch 9800 onward. And I can see them not creating anymore compatible versions, especially for the PB.
That is the most disappointing thing for me.
- CrackBerry Abuser
10-02-11, 09:23 PM #14
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RIM did sit itself appart from all other tablets, by being the only tablet to clear government security standards. They also pair well with BB phones, so they still have a wide consumer base to sell to. With better and free software updates being pushed out every few months, the playbook is getting better. App world is also maturing and no where near where it should be, but it keeps on growing.
The playbook was announced dead on arrival and it has overcome many critics false predictions. In the business world, it is far from being knocked out. Maybe a little punch drunk, but RIM will work it out. The future of the bb phones depend on qnx, so the playbook will get a free ride, no matter what their profit loss may be.
- 10-02-11, 09:44 PM #15
I think RIM will definitely will do something about it, if not stop it they will atleast extract the value proportion out of it either by pushing Amazon to release a music, videos and kindle app for playbook and IMO they will not let it go so easily.
- 10-02-11, 10:05 PM #16
I don't know that they would have any basis to sue but it seems if RIM were apple it would all ready be a headline. I don't know how it's going to effect the playbook but it will sell simply because it's cheap and people like amazon.
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10-03-11, 04:18 AM #19
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- 10-03-11, 09:26 AM #20
what gets me is the hatred for BB... I have an android fanboy tell me the other day that the kindle fire makes sense to him but he would never consider owning a playbook... why... the playbook has tons more features and capabilities and costs 50 dollars more than the fire... No... no kindle app just yet. But I'm pretty sure it's coming at some point. Maybe through the android app player. But the blind hatred for BB's astounds me..
- 10-03-11, 10:08 AM #21
The Kindle Fire makes sense to a lot of people, way more so than the Playbook. It's not hatred. Its ecosystem and price.
Explain to me, a Joe Schmo user, who is getting is first tablet as to why I should get the Playbook over the Amazon tablet.
Keep in mind, my only real concept of a tablet may be the iPad. I don't have a Blackberry device and the tablet is gonna be a novelty item. Oh yeah, like a few of my neighbors, i really, really like Amazon.
Go ahead, convince me. Tell me why my choice also makes you feel like I have a blind hate for an item I probably have never heard of.
Here is something else for everyone to chew on: 2,0, in and of itself, will do NOTHING to spur adoption amongst most consumers.
- 10-03-11, 10:22 AM #22
- 10-03-11, 10:32 AM #23
Technical supremacy of specification wins no sales... remember VHS Vs Betamax?.. even waaaay back then it was about the content.
Nobody hates on amazon..its a great online retailer, and..
Amazon app store ..20,000 apps
Amazon music library 17 million songs
Amazon video library 100,000 or so..
Amazon TV etc
BB PB Apps...1500 apps
QNX has great promise but right now.. the fabled os 2.0 and a $299 tag needs support of apps..
Cant call this a business machine and not have TURN BY TURN DIRECTIONS for example
- 10-03-11, 10:41 AM #24
- 10-03-11, 10:50 AM #25
$50 difference? Isn't the PB on sale for $299 after mail in rebates? I think there may be another $50 rebate to get it down to $249 but a lot of people don't want to fool with MIR and also is it set in stone that the PB is going to be $299? Walmart has them for $499, well they did Friday when I was in there.
I think the KF should have included a FF camera for video chat but I'm pretty sure v2 will get it.
Even if the PB was $299 fixed and the KF was $199 and all I cared about was videos,a few apps and books it wouldn't make since to spend the addition $100 even with the more powerful hardware it doesn't matter if I don't use it. That $100 addition can go for accessories or content.
It's not always about specs unless you plan on racing cars.
Amazon and Kindle have good name recognition for the base avg user.