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Kindle Fire outselling iPad this holiday season

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Kindle Fire outselling iPad this holiday season
We knew Amazon had a hit on its hands with the Kindle Fire, but to prove the point they just released a very impressive sales update: the $199 tablet is selling at a rate of a million units a week. Even more impressively, they have managed to meet all of that demand, letting consumers purchase it without wait throughout the holiday shopping season.

The iPad 2 also moved a million units in its first week, but Apple had trouble meeting demand after that. The original iPad sold well, but not anywhere near this rate. Of course the Kindle Fire is much less expensive then an iPad, but it’s even outpacing the $150 Kinect launch last year, which was the fastest-selling consumer electronic device in history.

The sales numbers are apparently not the “flash in a pan” variety, as Amazon reports that demand has grown each week. Even if they were to hold steady for the next several weeks they should surpass the 8 million units Microsoft sold within 60 days of the Kinect’s launch.

Amazon may be taking a small hit on each device they sell, but the Kindle Fire is a permanent portal to Amazon’s retail empire. They have to be thrilled at the prospect of millions of consumers purchasing a device that will sell Amazon music, movies, books, and more to them for years to come.

source: Amazon via Tech Crunch

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posted on 15 Dec 2011, 12:34 6

1. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 267; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


F-I-R-S-T

and F the ipad.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 12:42 3

2. Netolic (Posts: 142; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I'm reading this article using my kindle fire. it sucks that i cant turn off the auto correct.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 12:45 3

3. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


IMPRESSIVE

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 23:42

18. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


yes and no… what do they expect when they make a cheap at an even cheaper type… personally i looked at the kindle and i think it is much more worth it to save a little money and get a tablet that isnt a block of plastic… the home screen laged just swiping through it which is terribly annoying… if they release a kidle 2 with exterior volume buttons at least… that wud be nice

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 12:49 2

4. roldefol (Posts: 3180; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Just don't call it an Android.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 12:53 1

6. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Will it get mad?

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 12:52 6

5. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Wait!! A $200 tablet is outselling a $500 + tablet? This is shocking.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 12:58 3

7. mrochester (unregistered)


According to the other news sources I've read, the 1 million a week includes all Kindles, not just the Kindle Fire.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 13:02 7

8. JimmyDeanBreakfast (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


Well According To The Other News Sources I've Read, You Can Shut Up!

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 13:06 1

9. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


$200 is clearly the price the consumer likes. However, they are not getting a bargain with it, as this device is nerfed. Hold out for a discount Android or similar tablet.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 13:06 1

10. ZayZay (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Even with the MASSIVE price drop for the ipad?

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 13:16 2

11. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1653; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


what like $5? I guess that is massive to them since all they care about is money

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 14:24 5

12. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


iPads are probably outsold by matchsticks, but that's irrelevant too. The Fire is not an iPad competitor. It doesn't even have the Android Market on it. Its a great price for an e-reader, but makes for a below-average tablet. It competes against the B&N Tablet (which is better than the Fire).

I love Kindles, and own 2 and an Android tablet. But, I would never replace my iPad with a Kindle. I would get one in addition to an iPad.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 15:22 1

13. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


There's the c.hack I know and love! When you make quality comments like that it just warms my heart.

For the record that was not sarcasm.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 17:38

15. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


iamcc, you argue a lot like H. Himmler -- is he is your idol or something.

Note, this was not sarcasm as well.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 16:04 1

14. rfrapp (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)


c.hack do some research. The Android Market is on the Kindle Fire now. It's available via download on the Amazon App Store.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 23:03

17. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1054; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


You can download an app store on an app store...?

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 15:37

20. robinrisk (unregistered)


yeah, its called INCEPTION and comes with a commentary by Leo Di Caprio.

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 03:15

19. kemjus (Posts: 32; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I agree, kindle is not a competitor... Comparing ipad vs. Kindle sales is like comparing sales of a suv with a sedan. Sure they are both vehicles but TOTALLY different classes...

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 17:40

16. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


MASSIVE price drop for the ipad?

Where? Massive for a sputum perhaps.

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 21:08

21. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 304; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


no competition.

iPad vs Asus Transformer Prime. :)

also no contest however at leaset they're in the same demographic...

idk if i would really consider the Fire a tablet... its a step in the right direction but not quite there

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 22:57

22. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


oh no.. can we throw this old slogan out there in reverse...

"there is no ipad, only a Fire market" lol

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