I want to add my two cents here on the newest upgrade on the Kindle product line. I am excited about the much anticipated Kindle Fire, the Kindle Touch, and the fact that the prices have taken a huge nose dive over the past two years. Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has done a great job of addressing competition and listening to what its customers want.
It is hard to believe that in December of 2009, I got my Kindle 2 for $259. Now the cheapest Kindle is a very affordable $79. It is overwhelming to observe how quickly the competition has ramped up and caused such a dramatic drop in prices.
The Kindle is very much a reading device to me. I curl up on the couch with it and treat it as I would any old book. I don’t want it to serve as a computer. I have my own PC and iPad for that. So, I have been eagerly awaiting to release of the touchscreen version of the Kindle in November. I look forward to quietly turning pages with my fingers instead of the click of the page turner buttons. The e-ink display has improved dramatically over the past two years to become much crisper, clearer, and easier on the eyes. All of these factors create a pleasant reading experience.
I think deciding on whether you want a Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, or mini Kindle is determining what YOU want from it. Some go for the visual, interactive, multifunctional feel of the Kindle Fire. Others, just want a device that serves one purpose: reading. Then there’s wi-fi and battery life to consider…
I think the Kindle Fire is awesome and has a lot to offer, especially considering how much cheaper it is than the iPad. I think the Kindle gaming platform is going to really take off here. Not to mention audio, video, and internet access. There are a couple of things that it would need to have in order for me to consider it in the place of my iPad: external keyboard compatibility and long battery life. I use my iPad as a laptop to write with an external keyboard, and that has worked very well for me so far. Who knows what I’ll be saying in a couple of years.
So, all in all, it doesn’t really come down to “iPad Killer”, “tablet wars” or even “price wars”. It just boils down to what the users want from the device.
I am so glad we, as consumers, now have such a huge variety of e-reader and tablet choices at the prices to beat!