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  • http://dempseymarketing.com/journal/media/ Robert Dempsey

    I’m heavily considering it. I really like my Kindle Graphite and find it much better to read on than the iPad. Being able to download on the 3G connection anywhere in the world though is nice, and as I’m in Thailand, even in the city, wifi isn’t always available. And with books becoming more interactive having that connection to the Internet helps improve the experience.

    Having said that though I think I’ll wait for the second version which I hear rumored not too far behind.

  • The Pedanticist

    The size is OK for Facebook and Twitter and maybe a bit of reading. But it’s IO is limited – no videoout. No camera or mic in. And for a device that makes such a deal over access to the Cloud, not having 3G capability is a very poor decision.

  • http://twitter.com/marykeanedawson Mary Keane-Dawson

    I agree with The Pendanticist – no videoout, recording capability, lack of 3G etc. rather limits appeal to serious social media users, and therefore I think it will sell well to a slightly older more down market demographic. Which opens up teh market further and enriches user expereince which can only be a good thing.  It will be interesting to see how Amazon uses its customer segmentation data to target and sell the product. Equally, I also think Google will need a response strategy….it’s going to be a fun time in the run up to Christmas!

  • http://twitter.com/marykeanedawson Mary Keane-Dawson

    I agree with The Pendanticist – however I can see that the product could appeal to an older, more down market demographic, and that could open up a whole new user base of socialistas. This will encourage growth and open up the market further, which is a positive and powerful strategy. It will be interesting to see how Amazon uses its customer segmentation data to sell the product. Google will have to respond – it’s going to be an interesting time in the run up to Christmas!

  • Anonymous

    good one…

  • http://www.blake.co.za/blog/ Jade

    Awaiting the Kindle arrival.

  • http://twitter.com/largepete largepete

    I think that your Impacts on Apple aren’t very accurate. Even a 10 inch Fire isn’t a competitor to an iPad really. They have an awesome ecosystem for content, but I think that iOS will continue to dominate the apps market for a while longer. Many many apps will continue to be iOS exclusive. Therefore I really do not see Apple needing to lower prices to “compete” with the Fire.

    Also your idea that Apple is driven by that 30% cut from apps is a bit off base. Apple makes the bulk of it’s profits from hardware, not iTunes. http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/06/23/app-store-1-of-apples-gross-profit/ Loosing people to the Fire will hurt if they stop buying Apple hardware, but direct losses from the sale of apps isn’t going to influence much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lyndsysimon Lyndsy Simon

    I disagree with the idea that Google needs to have a direct competitor with their name on it. The Kindle Fire runs Android, though an un-branded version of it.  It shouldn’t take long to get Google apps on there, for one.

    For another, both Samsung and Acer are pushing very nice Android 3.0 tablets into the US market right now.  They’re near the same price point, run Google-branded apps by default, and are the first generation to really give the iPad competition.

    Google needed the Nexus One to drive the adoption on Android on smartphones.  That’s done, and Android is now a natural choice for tablets.  Google-branded hardware won’ tmake a bit of difference.

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