Amazon Tablets to Launch Q4 2011 and Q1 2012

According to Digitimes, Amazon has orders for 7 inch tablets in Q4 2011 and 10 inch tablets for Q1 2012 to Foxconn. Amazon knows how to move product and Foxconn knows how to make things by the millions so this could be an important development in the assault on the iPad by Android/Linux tablets. Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader sells 15-18 million units per annum. If there was any doubt that the tablet PC has legs this should dispel all doubt. It probably means that iPad will drop below 50% share of tablet production in 2012.

“Kindle is our #1 best seller and has the most 5-star reviews of any product on Amazon.”

see Amazon’s Kindle page

Not only is the Kindle loved by buyers, they bother to write about it with 30500 reviews and 21946 “5 star” ratings. Some of the reviews are now in their “second edition” because people come back to write more… How large an impact do you think a small cheap PC replacement from Amazon will have if an e-reader does that for Amazon? Expect Amazon, alone, may provide a product that will give iPad a run for its money in volume of sales, karma1, and any other measure of success one could apply. Expect a lawsuit from Apple, if Samsung’s success is an indicator…

see Amazon’s reviews of the Kindle

1 Karma – The doctrine of fate as the inflexible result of cause and effect, especially the principle by which a person is rewarded or punished in a subsequent incarnation for deeds in the previous incarnation; the theory of inevitable consequence. (1913 Webster)

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to Amazon Tablets to Launch Q4 2011 and Q1 2012

  1. Phenom says:

    Discounts can help a successful grow a bit further, once all the services to complete the value of the device are there.

    Before Kindle 3, there was already a myriad of asian devices with e-Ink screens, all cheaper. They had somewhat worse hardware – less scales of gray, but supported more e-book formats.

    However, not a single of them would let you buy a book while on the road. None would come with a good dictionary. None would integrate nicely e-books with custom highlights and notes, let alone sharing them over social networks.

    None of these threatened Amazon at all, and Kindle 3, bringing better international support and a few hardware specs simply blew the competition out of the water.

    Only after the tremendous success of the first wave of Kindle 3 devices did Amazon decide to offer even more aggressive pricing via ad-financed devices.

    However, the major advantage Amazon is going to bring is to LEND e-books to friends.

  2. Contrarian says:

    “How about a steep discount? We know that breeds success. ”

    How about for a laugh, too.

    Yesterday it was with free shipping as well.

    I don’t know how much success there can be with these closeout sales, #pogson, no one will want to be in the business of selling these things at those price levels, much less in the business of manufacturing them. Designing them is totally hopeless.

  3. How about a steep discount? We know that breeds success. Amazon can likely make up any loss on some Amazon widget bringing them more business.

  4. Contrarian says:

    “I would see no chance of success”

    I can agree with this hunch myself, even with book reader support. I have watched my daughters’ families using their iPads and they have generally migrated to game playing mode almost entirely. Email is still the province of the iPhone when mobile and the den workstation when at home. Email itself is ignored for the most part in favor of texting on the phones.

    The Kindle is superb due to power consumption level (a month or more of reading), low weight, and outdoor readability (by the pool, on the cruise deck, at the beach). The iPad sucks in all three categories and a color Kindle would fare no better, I think.

  5. Phenom says:

    Honestly, I am a bit pessimistic about Amazon Tablets…

    Kindle is huge success, due to the following reasons:
    1. Good reader for its money, technically speaking – screen size, screen quality, etc.
    2. Services – you can purchase books via Whispernet from virtually everywhere in the civilized world. That is tremendous convenience when travelling. I could buy a book during a trip in RSA.

    I would also give a tip to the experimental browser, which is even usable in Kindle 3. Compared with the free whispernet, it gives you access to basic sites and e-mail checking all over the world.

    Unless they manage to bundle their tablets with something similar, I would see no chance of success.

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