This is a discussion on Amazon Set to Step up as Next iPad Competitor within the User News Submissions forums, part of the Apple iPad News category; http://www.macrumors.com/2011/06/22/...ad-competitor/...
Wellp, there goes the neighborhood.
queen - another one bites the dust, lol
I've been waiting for Amazon to step up. I'd strongly consider buying an Amazon tablet because of Amazon's curated app environment and good customer service. iPad has set a high bar with its mix of strong hardware and software, though. Any tablet must do even better or offer some other significant advantage(s) before I switch.
Even if I don't switch, I would really like to see some serious tablet competition for Apple. That would be to all consumers' advantage.
It has been reported (I linked in another thread) that parts for the Amazon Tab won't be available because Apple bought up the supply months ago so the Amazon Tab sales projections have been halved. Apple didn't buy them to keep others from making tablets, it just worked out that way, first paid, first shipped and Apple paid up front
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Apple having possibly locked up component sourcing would be a short-term problem at most.
After seeing Amazon's performance in the Android app market, I don't think they have the gumption to compete with iPad, at least not yet. Maybe if they did release their own fully encompassed platform they could overcome the problems inherent in their attempt to compete.
Yes, Amazon has some great features against the Android market, but until they have a system that's Amazon through and through, they can't take over the platforms that have gone mainstream.
I agree with this, although at this point the most I would consider is a Kindle device from Amazon. Tablets, or computers for that matter, are not really Amazon's business and I would guess that it would take them quite some time to become truly competitive in this area (things can change fast of course). Though it's a big jump, it seems that they have seen the writing on the wall, either get involved... or else. It will be interesting to watch how Amazon chairman and founder Jeff Bezos approaches the computer industry. He has never been afraid of trying new things, and has proven himself an extremely intelligent and resourceful person.Originally Posted by Kaykaykay