Amazon’s 7-inch Tablet Wonder


All the tablet pundits predict that tomorrow Amazon will formally announce their 7-inch Android tablet which is rumored to be called the Kindle Fire. The predicted price is $250.00 and the machine will be geared towards surfing the net but mostly for buying more stuff from Amazon and streaming Amazon’s movie content but only in the US as Amazon is not permitted to stream to folks in this part of the world. Amazon Prime members in the US are currently able to stream many movies at no extra cost but Prime member outside the US will just have to suffer without any extra benefit for the same price. The Amazon device most likely will not have the E ink screen, but a color touch screen like any other tablet. The 7-inch tablet is supposedly designed to be addictive and cause people to be more tied to Amazon than they already are.  It is expected there will be a huge rush to buy this tablet as the mindless gift-buying for those special someones season approaches. On a related issue, Netflix is now allowed to stream to the Caribbean and Latin America but if you are a typical movie and TV series viewer from Trinidad and Tobago, you will find half of Netflix’s content is in Spanish with no English option. The other half is mostly garbage. However you can sign up to Netflix for the first month free and see if you have to stamina to weed through the garbage to find the odd gem.

I noticed only today there was a sudden price drop at Amazon of the Samsung Galaxy 7-inch, 16 GB, Wi-Fi tablet  from $350 to $300, indicating a tablet price war may be looming as tablet makers come to terms with another potential Amazon bulldozer. Hooray for the strong-minded consumer who is strong enough to survive outside the Amazon box.  I am not very sure how useful a 7-inch tablet will be in becoming a person’s soul mate but I think a 10-inch device will perform much better than a 7-inch one despite  being more expensive and  a shorter battery life. Good things will come to those who wait for the early-adopters bugs to be ironed out.

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4 thoughts on “Amazon’s 7-inch Tablet Wonder

  1. On a related issue, Netflix is now allowed to stream to the Caribbean and Latin America but if you are a typical movie and TV series viewer from Trinidad and Tobago, you will find half of Netflix’s content is in Spanish with no English option.

    Dat seems fair enough, cuz Spanish is the official second language of Rock crawlers innit? In fact I should say all this in Spanish as well – just for those on the Rock.

    Esto parece bastante justo. El español es el segundo idioma oficial del rock crawlers innit? En realidad debería decir todo esto en español y – sólo para aquellos en la Rock.

  2. It’s actually $200, I think Amazon is taking a loss at this price but hopes to make up with sales in the digital content for the tablet. I think it has a nice balance between price and features. In any case this will be good for the consumer, this war of the tablets.

    • I was surprised about the $200 price but I am wondering if the thing will be useful in Trinidad and Tobago. Streaming of movies and buying of MP3s are blocked by Amazon outside the US so that will cripple more than half of its usefulness locally. But if all it means that a price war has started then I am thankful to Amazon.

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