Apple says Kindle Fire is actually good for them
0. phoneArena 03 Nov 2011, 10:31 posted on
When the Amazon Kindle Fire was announced a couple of weeks ago carrying a price tag of only $200, for the first time we thought that the iPad really has gotten some competition…
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1. quakan (Posts: 1285; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
No one is buying the kindle for the android name, they want it because its an Amazon Kindle. Primarily buyers want it for reading and possibly for music listening, some apps, and some games. Fragmentation won't matter here.
2. djg71087 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Oct 2010)
i agree... i am one that preordered this device. price point will have a lot to do with the success of this device, plus i like the UI, seems very simple.
6. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)
Apple is really successful because of one thing other manufacturers have failed to. Well Windows Phone isn't doing it bad either but that's not the point.
Apple isn't going to make their iPhone cheap not because of high profit per unit, but because they want their customers to have the best user experience they can. This is why they are doing really good.
7. superguy (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
So you have to pay a lot to have a good user experience? That doesn't make any sense. Apple charges more because they have brand recognition, a sense of coolness, and because they can.
If Amazon can pull of a great user experience at $199, Apple has a problem. I think they have a good shot at doing so. Apple won't lower its prices until they start losing sales to the competition.
Cost has little to do with user experience. Paying more doesn't guarantee a better experience.
22. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
best user experience ??? on a 3.5 inchs display ??? lol you r really funny
3. andro. (Posts: 1990; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Apple is really worried as this is yet another competitor which rivals and again possibly even betters their product but for a fraction of the price but this time they will have very little if no grounds on which to try and sue relentlessly to hide these factors. Instead this defensive approach is the first sign of apples anger
5. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Rivals and competes, maybe so. And with a nice price factor to over the other overpriced Android tablets. But better? Not even remotely close in my honest opinion.
8. superguy (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
And you can make this judgment because you've used both the Fire and the iPad? Or is this just another iFan opinion?
12. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
I could ask you the same thing for being one of the ones to agree that it's better than the iPad.
23. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
go n tell ur opinion to ur mama lol
4. cncrim (Posts: 639; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
$400 diffirence between Kindle and ipad..... I don't think fragmentation will be matter. Whoever make comment apple will benifit out this they are obviosly crazy, only time will prove them wrong.
11. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)
I'm actually kind of excited to see how this goes. I'm a fan of the Kindle line. Hopefully it works as expected... I'm not thrilled about the 7" screen, but the price is right!
Anyone know how much Amazon Prime subscriptions are?
14. xtremesv (Posts: 267; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Isn't Apple getting this dejà-vu? Are they blind? Fragmentation didn't prevent Windows from becoming the number one desktop OS in the world and certainly won't stop Android either.
18. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
That is why the OEMs aren't make their required rate of return with Windows. The only company who made the killing was MicroSoft from a ROIC perspective.
IBM left the PC business, Compac was acquired, etc. You get the hint.
20. superguy (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
The openness is what made computers ubiquitous and affordable. Take the PC marketshare and compare it with Apple's 6-7% marketshare.
Back in the day, PCs were quite profitable. Now they're just a commodity.
Had we stuck with IBM's and Apple's model of being closed and proprietary, we wouldn't have PCs and other devices like we do now.
17. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
You can currently get an refurished iPad with 64GB Wifi for $399. Apple had been offering refurbished iPads for as little as $299.
If Apple wanted to sell the iPad for $350, it could do so. This is a point missed by Amazon.
21. superguy (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Sure it could. But if there are tons of suckers willing to pay $499-699 depending on model, I wouldn't lower my prices either unless a competitor forced me too.
Android tablets have largely been overpriced for what they offer. There hasn't been a killer app or compelling reason to buy one over Apple outside of preference. With Amazon getting into the fray, providing a strong experience at a significantly lower price, it'll be interesting to see what happens and how Apple reacts.