Kindle Fire outselling iPad this holiday season

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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1. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

F-I-R-S-T and F the ipad.

2. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

3. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered


18. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

4. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Just don't call it an Android.

6. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

Will it get mad?

5. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

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

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.

8. JimmyDeanBreakfast

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

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

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

10. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Even with the MASSIVE price drop for the ipad?

11. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

12. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

13. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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.

15. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

iamcc, you argue a lot like H. Himmler -- is he is your idol or something. Note, this was not sarcasm as well.

14. rfrapp

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

17. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

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

20. robinrisk unregistered

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

19. kemjus

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 05, 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...

16. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

MASSIVE price drop for the ipad? Where? Massive for a sputum perhaps.

21. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 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

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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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