Beating Expectations: A Short History of Amazon’s Future Tablet

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    Nuts in a very, very good way. Well, at least if you're not a book publisher, ha! I think the tipping point for most people to get an e-reader is $100. I remember when the Kindle first came out. Everyone was crying that it was too expensive. And at $250, it was! But tons of people were saying they'd wait until it got down to $100. Now there's a $99 Kindle Touch and a $79 non-touchscreen Kindle. Kindles already sell very well, but now they're gonna start selling iPod good.
     
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    Wow! I hadn't even heard about the Fire until today. It looks amazing! Never having to worry about space would be really nice. Since all I really do on my tablet is browse, kindle and listen to music/lectures this is definitely a better buy for someone like me than an iPad.

    This will give the iPad a serious run.
     
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    Yeah, Amazon did a great job keeping most of the details under wraps until today; including the name. I'd much rather have a Fire than an iPad. Much better price and better size for carrying around.
     
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    I must agree! It's a great size and at $200 (as opposed to $500) I wouldn't be as hesitant to take it to the gym, the pool, the beach, etc.

    It's actually gotten me to look into some of the other products Amazon offers like streaming TV/movies. Didn't even know they offered that!
     
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    B&N really has to respond by dropping the price of the Nook Color or they're dead in the water. Given that it's an android OS, I would assume we'd be able to read epub ebooks/pdfs on it, unlike the regular kindles? That'd be a deal-breaker for me.
     
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    From Amazon:

     
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    I believe a Nook Color 2 is expected soon.
     
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    I am a very happy user of a Kindle 3G. The thing I like most is that whatever country or area in the world I am in, I can turn it on and get the latest books, newspapers, etc without having to insert a new SIM Card or worry about very expensive fees (because it is free). What I am not sure about- with the Fire- how does it work to get data when not connected to a WiFi network? In any event, it looks great- but I don't know if I will switch from my 3G just yet.
     
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    That is my view too. I quite like my iPad but I'm deeply addicted to my Kindle DX, precisely because of content but I do read Kindle books on both the iPad (especially at night) and Kindle and sych them every day so it does not matter when I read the same book on both. The Fire could make me change...
     
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    Yes- well we shall see in a short time! The 3G Kindle also has at least a 7 day battery life in my experience- which is great for people like me who forget to charge their 3G and then want to use it beside the swimming pool!
     
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    Since its only network connection is WiFi, you will have to find a WiFi hotspot or create one using a MiFi-style appliance or phone app.
     
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    That is what I thought- will stick with my 3G for now however the Fire does look very interesting.
     
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    Is there a decent reader for Android with support for DRM'ed ePub books that would work on this device? I still use a Sony Reader because (a) for the most part, eInk is eInk and (b) I have a huge library of unread books that my wife acquired over the years that I still have to catch up with. I can read them on my iPad with BlueFire (though outside in bright sunlight I much prefer the Sony device).
     
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    Indeed, this is the only real shortcoming I can find so far with the Fire - no 3G. Wifi is good when traveling domestically since you can find it free at many airports, most midpriced hotels and any McDonalds - but that works best when you're downloading books in spurts and then reading them at your leisure. For web browsing, you really want to have ubiquitous access, and wifi-only isn't there at this time. I'd live with it for a Fire, though.
     
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    For me I am still going to wait for the iPad 3 ... call me what you will ... that is what I want ... :)
     
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    I will call you...Tabby. :D :D :D
     
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    Do you want an iPad 3 or are you looking for particular features that no one's offering today? (eg much higher res screen)
     
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    I'll seriously consider it depending on how easy sideloading is for the device.
     
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    I think I just want the iPad3 :)
     
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    I just want something where they didn't forget such basic features such as a microphone! Anyone know if the Fire supports a headset/mike combo?
     
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    Except for software questions, you can answer almost everything by checking out the BB Playbook
     

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