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Price of new Amazon tablet could be big attraction
Reuters ^ | 09/28/11 | Alistair Barr

Posted on 09/28/2011 6:21:42 AM PDT by Artemis Webb

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is expected to launch its long-awaited tablet computer on Wednesday, sporting a low-enough price to give Apple Inc's iPad some serious competition for the first time.

At a news conference Wednesday morning in New York, Amazon will likely unveil a seven-inch tablet that will let users read e-books, download digital music and video games and stream movies and TV shows.

Analysts expect the tablet to be priced around $250, roughly half the price of Apple's dominant iPad, which starts at $499.

"If Amazon prices the Kindle Fire at $250, it has the potential to become the most successful competitor to the iPad," Gene Munster, an analyst at PiperJaffray, said on Tuesday.

Having its own tablet is important for Amazon because the company has amassed a mountain of digital goods and services that could be sold through such a device. As the world's largest Internet retailer, a tablet might also encourage Amazon customers to shop online for physical products more often.

Munster surveyed 410 consumers last week, asking whether they would buy a 10-inch iPad for $599 or a seven-inch Amazon tablet at $249.

Just over 60 percent of those surveyed said they would purchase the Amazon device, while 21 percent said they would likely buy the iPad, Munster reported. The analyst used a $599 price because he said that is the average price of the iPad.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: amazon; ebooks; ereaders; hitech; hitechereaders; kindle; kindlefire; playbook; tablets
I've read where the Kindle Fire MIGHT come with a free Amazon Prime membership which Amazon sells for $75.
1 posted on 09/28/2011 6:21:52 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: Artemis Webb

It’s always been about price:performance.

Ifixyour.com did a Bill of Materials (BOM) analysis for the Apple iPad 64 GB wi-fi only - it was less than $300; yet retails for $699. Ample profit there, huh?

Now, we had a much of ‘me-too’ companies who made shoddy tablets, with ~1-10% of the app support; and wanted the same price point. They had their butts handed to them by Apple’s iPad (Hello Blackberry Playbook, HP Slate, Folio, Motorola Xoom). Shoddy construction, OS that simply should never have made it past QA, little to no application support after the sale. Think of a flea-market next to a high-end designer store (all for the same price); how would you spend your money?

But, if you make a product that is useful, and can get the price down substancially below that of the iPad; you may have something. Who is going to pay the Lexus price for a late model Kia? If I pay the iPad price, give me an iPad.

But, if you have something that does 90% of what I will use the iPad for, and can deliver it for half the price - you have my undivided attention.


2 posted on 09/28/2011 6:35:19 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Artemis Webb

I’m still holding out hope HP will release more $99 touchpads and I’ll somehow manage to get one.


3 posted on 09/28/2011 6:46:03 AM PDT by lwd
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To: lwd
"I’m still holding out hope HP will release more $99 touchpads and I’ll somehow manage to get one."

I always find out about things like that after the fact. By the time I knew HP had done that the $99 Touchpads were long gone.

4 posted on 09/28/2011 6:52:52 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: Artemis Webb

Will the Amazon pad use electronic ink like the Kindle currently uses?


5 posted on 09/28/2011 7:03:52 AM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: Artemis Webb
May work if you can get android apps...
6 posted on 09/28/2011 7:09:23 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Artemis Webb

This will be a huge Christmas item. AMZN stock probably a good buy.


7 posted on 09/28/2011 7:11:28 AM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: Artemis Webb

Fox Business is reporting that the initial price for the Amazon Kindle Fire will be $199!


8 posted on 09/28/2011 7:14:42 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Artemis Webb
They are suppose to release more in the next few weeks but I imagine it will be like trying to get a cabbage patch kid or tickle me elmo on Christmas Eve.
9 posted on 09/28/2011 7:26:01 AM PDT by lwd
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To: onedoug

This sounds good.


10 posted on 09/28/2011 8:33:55 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: Artemis Webb

This has already been done. I have a $250 Barnes and Noble Nook Color rooted with Android 2.3.3 and Cyanogen Mod 7. I can run whatever I want on it. Barnes and Noble knows all about it and even sells book on the Nook counter on rooting their machine.


11 posted on 09/28/2011 8:42:07 AM PDT by Azeem
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To: Truth29; ShadowAce; Artemis Webb
Bloomberg link:

Amazon Unveils $199 Kindle Fire Tablet, Taking on Apple IPad

Also lesser devices for $99 and $79.

Heard the latter news on CNBC,,,no details on them in the Bloomberg article.

12 posted on 09/28/2011 9:35:17 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Reddy

It appears to have a color screen which means no electronic ink — more an Ipad type display for video etc.


13 posted on 09/28/2011 9:36:12 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: windcliff

Order it up....


14 posted on 09/28/2011 9:50:49 AM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: All; Truth29; ShadowAce; Artemis Webb
Amazon link:

Kindle Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display ----$79.00

15 posted on 09/28/2011 10:07:12 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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Kindle
$79
Light, small and fast, with built-in Wi-Fi
 

Kindle Touch
$99
Simple-to-use touchscreen, with audio and built-in Wi-Fi
 

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Kindle Keyboard
$99
Physical keyboard, with audio and built-in Wi-Fi
 

Kindle Keyboard 3G
$139
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16 posted on 09/28/2011 10:09:54 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Reddy

See #16,


17 posted on 09/28/2011 10:12:32 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Hodar

See #16 for the lineup...


18 posted on 09/28/2011 10:17:24 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: All

Ignore the implied links.


19 posted on 09/28/2011 10:20:18 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The only real question I have is the “and free always-connected 3G wireless”.

Just seems too good to be true. Free 3G, forever? It’s $35/month for the iPad and more for others. So, for $149 this seems just simply ‘unbelieveable’.

There has to be a catch.


20 posted on 09/28/2011 10:26:51 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Artemis Webb

Kindle rocks... I use mine everyday.

But I am surprised that they went in that direction. Not so long ago, Amazon’s CEO was saying that they did not intend to go in that market. Also, he was saying the touch screen wasn’t the best for reading books (you lose definition).

Looking forward to see read the reviews.


21 posted on 09/28/2011 10:39:28 AM PDT by ToxicMich (If I catch you sleeping in this space AGAIN, I'M GONNA KICK YOUR # "?/%")
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To: Hodar
Amazon link for the kindle Fire:

Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi

22 posted on 09/28/2011 10:39:36 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: ToxicMich; Artemis Webb; ShadowAce; NormsRevenge; SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; Fred Nerks; blam; ...
I as trying to figure out if the display on the Fire was the display used by the Notion Adam Ink....combines color and eReader which works so well in direct sunlight....

I Don't believe it is...

Watch for people getting surprised when they assume the Fire will deliver readable content in bright sunlight!

23 posted on 09/28/2011 10:54:46 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: All
Info:

Tech specs--notion Ink Adam

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24 posted on 09/28/2011 11:00:03 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Hodar
The only real question I have is the “and free always-connected 3G wireless”.

I know it sounds too good to be true, but it is true. My daughter has one and it is online all the time. She can go anywhere on the net.

25 posted on 09/28/2011 11:03:20 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Hodar

That’s just for the e-ink devices. You don’t burn up much bandwidth downloading 400kb e-books. The tablet with the slick browser is wi-fi only....


26 posted on 09/28/2011 11:03:33 AM PDT by Eepsy
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To: All
From May timeframe:

Amazon's Android tablet coming in 10- and 7-inch models with quad-core Tegra power?

27 posted on 09/28/2011 11:04:06 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Siena Dreaming
"Never worry about storage space. All your Kindle Fire content is stored in The Cloud."

I'll pass. I'm doing just fine with my Asus netbook with massive storage and it will do all the Kindle Fire does plus I can read ANY format of ANY ebook ever made. Not just proprietary Amazon content.

The one upgrade I may consider when I get the dough is to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. A friend has one and it is sweeeet.


28 posted on 09/28/2011 11:10:49 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Deploy. Dominate. Disappear.)
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3M makes Mary Lou Jepsen's dreams come true, showers Pixel Qi with cash

Chances are you've heard plenty about Pixel Qi's super-efficient, transreflective displays. The odds are equally as high that you've never touched one before, either. Well, 3M aims to change all of that and make good on founder Mary Lou Jepsen's continued promises to get those screens out into the consumer wild. Infusing the LCD company with an undisclosed amount of cash, 3M's New Ventures investment arm is betting the combo of its Optical Systems Division's LCD film technology expertise and funding will not only ramp up production of the sunlight-readable color screens, but also innovate uses for it across "...consumer markets as well as digital signage and touch applications." It's a nice shot of confidence for the display maker's much-touted, albeit scarce tech, and could be the financial boost necessary to take Jepsen from underdog to industry heavyweight. We'll keep a close eye out for how this develops. In the meantime, you can jump past the break to read the hyperbolic PR for yourself.
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September 12, 2011 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
3M Invests in Pixel Qi Corp.

ST. PAUL, Minn. & SAN BRUNO, Calif. & TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M, through its 3M New Ventures organization, has invested in Pixel Qi Corp., a developer of next generation LCD panels with operations in Taiwan and California. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded by LCD pioneer, Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen in 2008, Pixel Qi designs unique, innovative LCD screens that solve problems not addressed by conventional screens. Its first products are sunlight-readable, low-power LCD panels aimed for mobile device applications.

As consumers increasingly rely on connected, mobile devices in their daily lives, there is a growing, unmet requirement for display devices that offer portability, connectivity, long battery life and excellent indoor/outdoor readability in one device. Current displays are not able to solve all of these challenges simultaneously. Pixel Qi's unique technology platform eliminates the need for trade-offs and enables high quality, outdoor or sunlight viewing with excellent battery life and portability in one device. The combination of its technologies with those of 3M will create excellent new opportunities for both companies.

"Pixel Qi's full-function color screen technology, for the first time, gives consumers an outdoor-readable video display with exceptional battery life, usable anywhere, anytime. It's a first in the industry. In our collaboration with 3M, we have the ability to accelerate this into mass adoption," said Mary Lou Jepsen, co-founder and CEO of Pixel Qi.

The funding led by 3M New Ventures will play a key role in enabling Pixel Qi to develop its product offerings into volume consumer markets as well as digital signage and touch applications. The investment, which successfully concludes Pixel Qi's second (series "B") investment round, will also allow Pixel Qi to build and to strengthen its engineering and sales capabilities.

Stefan Gabriel, president of 3M New Ventures said, "Pixel Qi's technology enables displays of such lower power and high usability that the vision of ubiquitous displays comes much closer to realization. In combining Pixel Qi's disruptive display technology with our technology platforms, we can create new business opportunities in the consumer and commercial markets for 3M."

3M's Optical Systems Division is a world leader in the specialized films used inside liquid crystal displays to optimize the light throughput. Pixel Qi's innovative LCD designs use such film technologies, and other advances, to create novel displays and enable the best outdoor readable, power efficient displays available on the market. "By addressing the energy consumption and sunlight readability challenges in one package, Pixel Qi provides a ground-breaking solution for the next generation of displays," said Jim Bauman, vice president, 3M Optical Systems Division. "The combination of Pixel Qi's low energy, reflective display technology with 3M's innovative technologies will create exciting products for the mobile, handheld, tablet and other display markets."

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements of the future plans, strategies and objectives of management. Other risks, uncertainties and assumptions are described in 3M's SEC reports, including but not limited to the risks described under "Cautionary Note Concerning Factors That May Affect Future Results" and "Risk Factors" in Part I, Items 1 and 1A of the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and in Part 1, Item 2 and Part II, Item 1A of its subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. 3M assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

29 posted on 09/28/2011 11:11:37 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Artemis Webb; ShadowAce; SunkenCiv

I believe this is just the first wave....See my last post.


30 posted on 09/28/2011 11:18:46 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

full function tablets need to be aroun $100.

Microsoft needs to netscape the ipad.


31 posted on 09/28/2011 11:27:10 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: KC Burke; Reddy

iPad has Kindle. My books on iPad look the same as on my mother’s Kindle. Some functionality is missing, but I don’t need it for the kind of reading I do on Kindle. I have other apps that allow me to annotate the PDFs that I use for teaching.

It took me awhile to get some real use from my iPad and now I love it. I would buy my grad school son the Amazon product for Christmas though; price is price as long as it does most of what we want.


32 posted on 09/28/2011 12:49:43 PM PDT by radiohead (Buy ammo, store food, pray for the Republic.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"Watch for people getting surprised when they assume the Fire will deliver readable content in bright sunlight!"
Good point.
33 posted on 09/28/2011 1:20:35 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Fairly inexpensive. Thanks Ernest.


34 posted on 09/28/2011 6:49:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: radiohead

I was asking not because of the apps, but because of the ability to ease eye strain by using the e-ink. It’s really like reading a paper book when you read a kindle.


35 posted on 09/28/2011 8:35:15 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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