Hurrah, Amazon is ready to kick some serious ass with its tablet efforts. For the first time, it appears Apple is in for some real competition, and if Amazon can pull it off, Android might just get the boost it needs to compete with iOS in the tablet market.
The Kindle Fire, which has been officially announced just mere hours ago, is a 7-inch tablet with a cool $199 price tag after its been subsidized. A quick glance at the Kindle Fire and you won’t see anything revolutionary, however, we are digging the user interface and Amazon’s Silk browser. Amazon claims that Silk is faster than what competitors are offering, that includes Safari and Android’s default browser.
Apple is not the only competitor that needs to keep a close eye on Amazon, other Android manufactures and Google itself must keep watch. The Kindle Fire come ram-packed with Amazon services such as, Amazon MP3, Amazon Cloud, Amazon Prime, Amazon Android AppStore, and more. Many of these services will compete directly with Google and could cause some problem for the search giant going forward.
Let’s look at the specs on offer here. The Amazon Kindle Fire is packing a 7-inch ISP display packed with Gorilla Glass technology, 8GB internal storage, and a dual core processor from Texas Instruments, 1GB RAM, and button-less hardware. The specifications is just what you expect from any new Android tablet, nothing mind blowing but good enough. The only thing that excites me is the button-less hardware, hopefully it is implemented well with the software to give a coherent experience.
So, can it dethrone the iPad or even give it any real competition? My answer for that, is no! Just like the Motorola Xoom earlier this year, it will come with a lot of hype behind it, analysts everywhere most likely will come out in support of it, but it will all die down. The tablet is expected to launch on November 15th, by December, it will just be another tablet.
I’ve said before and I will say it again, Windows 8 tablets will be the only tablets to compete with the iPad. Whenever Apple follows Microsoft and drop the full version of Mac OSX on the iPad, the iPad and Windows 8 tablets will dominate while Android will be left to pick up the crumbs. Android on smartphone, it’s not going anywhere, however, its tablet counterpart is condemned for failure, that much I can predict.