I just received my Kindle Fire. It's in this box. Just to be clear, this Fire is my Fire: it's money out of my own pocket. This isn't a unit Amazon gave DVICE for review. Like many, I tossed my name in early for a Kindle Fire pre-order. I was at the unveiling, and got just as excited by the prospect of a $200 tablet as anyone else. That's an amazing price point (and one that's punishing Amazon, at least up front), and even now the temptation is there to tear open this box and play with Fire. But I won't. By the time you read this, the Fire will already be on its way back to Amazon's returns department.
Barnes & Noble thinks you'll spend $50 more to buy its new Nook Tablet rather than Amazon's Fire, both of which go on sale sometime next week. Apparently B&N also believes the original Nook Color is equal to the Amazon Fire now that both are priced at $199. I think Barnes & Noble has lost its mind. Does B&N realize that for us to choose the Tablet over the Fire it had to either blow us away product-wise (it didn't), at least match Amazon Fire's price (it didn't), or come up with a completely different value proposition (it didn't)? Instead, Barnes & Noble figures to fight Fire with, literally, flash. Allow me to douse Tablet's not so flaming advantage.
Nothing is sacred these days. Last Friday's leaked internal documents nailed the Nook Tablet specs and price — $250, Wi-Fi-only and same 7-inch IPS screen. The boxing gloves are on. The contenders are throwing invisible jabs in the air. The fighters: Amazon's Kindle Fire vs. Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet. Ding! The fight's on! You can say that the Kindle Fire was a response to the the now $50 cheaper Nook Color e-reader tablet that Barnes & Noble released last year. The Kindle Fire is very attractive to shoppers because it's Amazon's first stab at a tablet and it comes with a suite of Amazon multimedia services that keep it fresh, day in and day out. Barnes & Noble's new Nook Tablet is a counter to the Kindle Fire treading on its Nook empire territory. So how does the Nook Tablet stack up?
The tablet wars were supposed to get really ugly this year between Android tablets and the iPad 2, but that didn't happen. iPad 2 crushed the Xoom, PlayBook and Galaxy Tab all into the ground. What's Nokia to do if it wants to make admirable tablets? Apparently, get in bed with Windows 8.
When Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman stated that it was going to keep making PCs and that it needs to be in the tablet business, releasing a successor to the Slate wasn't exactly what we had in mind. Tossing in a stylus doesn't rosy things up for the Slate 2 either.
Bill Gates is often credited for inventing the tablet and predicting its ubiquity 10 years before Apple released the iPad. That's why it's extremely saddening to finally find out that it was Gates himself that killed the amazing dual-screen Courier concept tablet that Microsoft was planning.
According to some anonymous sources inside Barnes & Noble, they're set to unveil the Nook Color 2 on November 7. And not a moment too soon, with Amazon's Kindle Fire set to be released later that month.
What a difference two months can make. After announcing it was deeply considering the idea of spinning off its PC division and getting out of the hardware game, HP's doing another 180, insisting it'll still make PCs and that it "needs to be in the tablet business."
We all dream of having the revolutionary idea that makes us successful. In fact, the number of patents filed each year almost doubles every ten years to almost half a million in 2010 alone. Unfortunately, being first to market with a new technology product, even a great product, doesn't necessarily guarantee success. For your enjoyment, we've compiled a list of "successful" technology firsts that weren't quite so successful in their original incarnation. Whether it was poor marketing, some supporting technology just wasn't "there" yet, or something unforeseen, you have to admire these brave first attempts. The lessons taught by these technological firsts is all the more apt on this, the day of the iPod's 10 birthday, considering the iPod itself followed in the footsteps of another, now forgotten MP3 player.
Dell's approach to combat the iPad and Android tablets has thus far been to sit back, watch, and wait. Looks like it's about done watching because pics of its 10.1-inch 'Peju' tablet running Windows 7 have already slipped out.