"Add going to the developing countries with a comparable tablet at lower price will certainly put a dent into Apples dorminance at least."
A tablet in the line of offering as much similarity to the iPad as possible with the benefit of a lower price would definitely have a strong impact in the mearket. Now, what do you think it would happen if Apple one sunny morning decides to lower the price of its iPad just as a good experiment? Let's say Apple lowers the price of the previous iPad models when launching the iPad 3?
Was I the only one who was sick and tired of all analysts consistently going Ga-Ga over Apple???
Its about time somebody stepped up to the plate and challenged the Cupertino Giant.
I was looking through some trends and was amazed.
Together Dell,HP and Acer control 45% of the PC market in the US.
HP has now announced that they are looking at exiting the business entirely.
Acer announced major losses(& job losses this Quarter).
That leaves just Dell among the OEMs to take on Apple.
Its about time these guys got their acts together into an area as critical as Tablet computing(especially if they want to stand up and be counted here).
a price war will not hurt only Apple. If Amazon enters the tablet market with devices that are much cheaper than the iPad, this will also hurt other contenders for its market share. Consumers will be the biggest winners here, but component and contract manufacturers should brace for a bruising squeeze
Amazon is uniquely positioned. Its got the muscle to compete on price slashing war. I think for Amazon to succeed in this tablets price war, then Amazon must be prepared to produce a device close to ipad. Bolaji, I agree, "price war is inevitable". This will certainly be interesting to watch and equally favourable for the consumers too should this happens.
So far Kindle has only been an e-book reader and is yet to come alive as a proper tablet. If the rumors about it being Android based is true, then it will have to compete with so many other Andrioid based tablets in the market such as Samsung Galaxy, Motorolla Xoom and Dell Streak before it comes close to competing with Apple. The tablet market is becoming rather saturated and any new player will face tough competition. However, given Kindle's success as an e-book reader, it might win over a certain section of consumers who are looking for tablets primarily for e-book reading.
"Pimped" up or not, the sale of kindles will go up if Amazon is able to pull off the price, content, and apps close to the ipad functionality. Amazon has the commerce to compete, and teaming up with Googles android wil boost both compnies sales. Add going to the developing countries with a comparable tablet at lower price will certainly put a dent into Apples dorminance at least.
What becomes of the current Kindle line if Amazon introduces a cheap(-ish) tablet? Do they drop Kindle Reader prices still further and make it the entry-level prouct? Do they deprecate it and put all the eggs in the Kindle Tablet basket?
A company's willingness to cannibalize its own products for a new market is one indicator or its likely staying power. Bezos has the cojones to do that, as did Jobs.
Isn't it too soon for them to enter a price war? It's a relatively new market.
How can Amazon compete with that? What are the selling points of the kindle? Cheap, extremely long battery, light, etc. Can they create a "pimped" kindle that can compete with the iPad? They have good amount of content but Apple is clearly above all.
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