COMMENTARY Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle Fire tablet started shipping today. That will fuel the growing expectations of a showdown with Apple (AAPL) and its iPad. But even as reviews pit lower price against advanced features, the High Noon scenario is off-base. The real contest is not between products, but between two high tech business models -- low versus high margin, represented by Amazon and Apple, respectively. It's not a take you'll often hear because the press loves to cover a horserace where someone's first and all others lose. But rather than the Kindle Fire or iPad besting the other, what is far more likely is that both Apple and Amazon will continue to pummel a range of other companies that aren't securely set up in either business model camp. Amazon Kindle Fire review Distracted by conflict The press's problem in understanding high tech is an example of what author James Fallows wrote about 15 years ago in his book, Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy. He … [Read more...] about Kindle Fire vs. iPad strategy hammer high tech
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(MoneyWatch) COMMENTARY Amazon (AMZN) sent out a curious press release this morning, saying its Kindle Fire tablet has officially sold out, nine months after its introduction. That raises some interesting questions about how the Kindle ultimately did this, how Amazon manages its hardware business and what might be ahead. Talking about a product selling out the way Amazon has is incredibly strange in the consumer electronics world. Products do sometimes sell out for short periods - Apple (AAPL) has seen that happen when new iPhone models hit the shelves after a big announcement. But even then, it seems like an intentional action on Apple's part: It certainly has the money to build additional units in advance and can bank on large numbers selling. But Amazon's announcement of selling out when it had been on shelves for the better part of a year? Odd. Manufacturers continue to build additional units of products to satisfy demand. That's how an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy can have sold tens … [Read more...] about How does Amazon’s Kindle Fire “sell out”?
That jingling sound you hear is the arrival of Amazon Coins for Kindle Fire users. Amazon on Monday announced that customers can use its new coins to purchase apps, games, and in-app items in the Amazon Appstore and on the company's Kindle Fire tablet. The e-commerce giant and tablet contender is marking the launch by disbursing 500 free coins -- the equivalent of a $5 bill -- into the Amazon accounts of existing and new Kindle Fire customers in the U.S. Amazon unveiled its virtual currency in February. "Today we are giving Kindle Fire owners $5 worth of coins to spend on new apps and games, or to purchase in-app items, such as recipes in iCookbook, song collections in SongPop or mighty falcon bundles in Angry Birds Star Wars," said Mike George, vice president of apps and games at Amazon. "We will continue to add more ways to earn and spend Coins on a wider range of content and activities -- today is Day One for Coins." Consumers can get discounts of up to 10 percent when they buy … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Amazon Coins arrive for Kindle Fire users
Amazon unveiled updates to its flagship tablet computer line with two Kindle Fire HDX devices that are lighter, faster and include on-demand tech support around the clock. The Kindle Fire HDX comes in a 7-inch and 8.9-inch model and both feature what Amazon is calling HDX display, which is beyond high-definition. The 7-inch model has a 1,920 x 1,200 pixel resolution with a density of 323 pixels per inch, while the 8.9-inch model has 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution at 339 ppi -- higher than Apple's iPad. Amazon says a new feature dynamically adjusts the color and brightness of each pixel by using a unique algorithm. Amazon is calling its 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX the lightest large-screen tablet at 13.2 ounces -- about 34 percent lighter than the last-generation Kindle Fire HD. The tablet's processor has also been upgraded to a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, each running at 2.2 GHz. Amazon says the new Kindle Fire HDX is more than three times faster than the previous Kindle Fire … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Amazon unveils Kindle Fire HDX: Lighter, faster, 24/7 tech support
Technology Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Amazon.com Amazon.com First, a little background. I was never tempted by iPads, for a variety of reasons. Just a few of them: 1. It's a very awkward size for my stubby little hands, given the weight. 2. I would never use a touchscreen keyboard for any significant typing, so for me, it would never be like a computer — it would be more like a Kindle that could consume a lot of other stuff besides books and had a browser. 3. For that set of functions in a device I couldn't fit in a purse the way I could with the regular old e-ink Kindle I'd had for a long time, the price was much too high. I've handled iPads; they're absolutely lovely. They are as cool and pretty as advertised, and if someone gave me one for nothing and paid for the data plan, I'm sure I'd get plenty of use out of it. I think they're a fine, fine thing for people whose routines fit them better than mine. But there was … [Read more...] about A Few Tablet Thoughts After A Day With The Kindle Fire