It will be fascinating to watch tablet price war this year. I wonder what impact if at all any will Google's tablet hold over amazon tablet, when Google releases its version - price and apps will be the key factors.
I'd agree with your conclusion that the Fire didn't take away as many sales from Apple as other analysts think. I think in the consumer market there is a difference between an investment--a chunk of money spent on something you expect to use for a long time--and a purchase. If I'm shelling out $500, it's an investment and I don't want to see upgrades coming out every 6 to 8 months. For $200, I'd be willing to try something out that retains its basic functionality for awhile, such as e-reader/digital media functions of the Kinfdle Fire, and see whta comes out a few years down the line.
Customers are not a company's personal property and their loyalty cannot and must not be taken for granted. They are free to switch at any time. Additionally, in order to continue to grow, a company must expand its customer base and not merely rely on the current group of "loyal" customers.
Many say Apple is a different sort of company. I disagree. Apple isn't any different. If a rival product comes along and either eats into your market or attracts new buyers for your type of product by offering better pricing, for instance, watch out. The customer-base erosion does not happen instantly. It occurs one Kindle/iPad at a time.
By the way, I removed the link at the end of your posting because it leads directly to a site selling Kindle without offering EBN readers any additional information.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
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