Earlier this week, Amazon announced that its new line of Kindle Fires will come equipped with features like 4G LTE, HD displays, extra RAM, and front-facing cameras, bringing it closer in hardware specs and features to those of an iPad. On the software front, the Kindle Fire OS has retooled its email application and gives access to more multimedia, such as audiobooks. Its 7" and 8.9" form factors will make it easy on the hands to hold and use.
Apple’s iPad continues to be the most commercially successful device, but that success has encouraged more competition from other device makers. There are now many competitor tablets to choose from, with companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google vying for some of Apple's territory. But as consumers have started demanding more tablets, there are also new form factors and user experiences to choose from.
The Surface’s keyboard cover may provide a new experience for those looking to type on actual hardware. Smaller devices like the Google Nexus 7 also offer lighter form factors and longer battery lives than an iPad. Some tablets also make use of a stylus, which some users seem to enjoy. Even if Apple sells the most units of tablet-like devices, the definition of a tablet is changing. But what does the Ars OpenForum think about Amazon’s vision of tablet computing?