Details are slowly surfacing about the Amazon tablet, due out later this year.
Amazon hasn’t confirmed a single thing about the device, but based on what we’re hearing, we’re excited to see how it does.
But with the iPad controlling an astounding majority of the market and other tablets attempting to stake their claims, Amazon’s tablet raises some big questions.
Here are some of ours (and a few answers).
Nothing's official from Amazon yet, but all the speculation indicates a $250 price tag. Those wanting an affordable tablet can get on board for half the cost of the least expensive iPad.
We don't know. There's a potential that Amazon will take a loss on each tablet in hopes that it'll make its way into the hearts and minds of the users. If implemented correctly, Amazon's tablets could pay for themselves MANY times over as users subconsciously default to Amazon for all their e-commerce needs.
We already know that those who buy the tablet will get a free subscription to Amazon Prime, usually costing customers $79 a year for unlimited two-day shipping on all Amazon products.
We think it's brilliant.
It will only generate more revenue for the company. Personally, we'd be more susceptible to impulse purchases if we knew there was free two-day shipping attached.
We doubt it.
The contemporary idea of a tablet is still young. We used to think they'd be clunky things running desktop-style operating systems, just without the mouse and keyboard. Now we see that they can handle a lot of our computing needs with stripped-down proprietary OSes.
Amazon can easily carve out its own niche here.
Not likely. With such a dominant lead in the market and so much craze surrounding new releases, it seems that Apple's biggest competition here is itself.
We suspect Amazon's new device will absolutely shake up the world of lower-end tablets, however. With that $250 price tag, it seems Amazon is totally poised to take out the Nook colour.
We don't know the specifics, but we're hearing about deep integration with proprietary Amazon services--its own Android App Store, its own Instant Video Player, its own Cloud Player for music.
Ever since Google forked Android, Amazon is free to do what it wants with the open source OS. If the tablet really takes off, it's not out of the question for Google to tie up the proceedings by taking Amazon to court over some sort of IP issue, but it won't have much of a leg to stand on.
This question is inspired by Apple's famous non-support of Flash. We're curious to see how Amazon approaches it.
There's loads of potential here. The Amazon Prime deal is a great start, but we're curious to see how far Amazon can take it.
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