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5 Reasons The New Amazon Kindle Tablet Is A Very Real Threat To The Apple iPad

Submitted by on September 7, 2011 – 9:00 am14 Comments

The rumors are true. Amazon is working on a tablet computer—currently called the Kindle Tablet—that will be released later this year. After months of speculation, Tech Crunch got an up-close-and-personal look at the Android-powered device that Amazon has created with the goal of competing with the Apple iPad 2, the BlackBerry PlayBook, and a host of other tablet computers in mind.

But, can the Kindle Tablet really compete with the big boys? In a word: Yes. After reading through the Tech Crunch report, it appears that Amazon has put a lot of time, thought, and effort into making the Kindle Tablet a serious contender in the tablet space. To help you see why, we pulled out the five reasons that we think the Kindle Tablet will make an immediate impact. If you’ve started to put together your Christmas list already, make sure this thing lands on it ASAP.

1. The Kindle Tablet is slated to cost just $250.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: If it only costs 250 bucks, then it can’t possibly do all the things that the iPad can do! Not true. There are some features you’ll get with the iPad that you won’t get with the Kindle Tablet—for instance, Amazon hasn’t found a service provider that’ll allow you to connect to a 3G network with the Kindle Tablet yet—but, for the most part, you’ll be able to do most of the things you can do on your iPad now with the Kindle Tablet for at least half the price.

2. It will feature an Android operating system that will be completely unique to the Kindle Tablet.

Rather than just offer an Android OS like “Honeycomb” or “Ice Cream Sandwich” that you’ve seen before, Amazon has worked with Android to create an OS that is like nothing you’ve ever experienced. It won’t be anything like the Android OS that you use with your smart phone or one of the operating systems that’s being used on other tablet computers right now. Tech Crunch also pointed out that the interface is easy to use and a sight to see.

3. It will encourage users to utilize Amazon’s cloud services.

Sometime soon, all tablet computers—and all computers in general—will rely on cloud services rather than bulky hard drives to store music, videos, and more. The Kindle Tablet is poised to be one of the first devices to force users to do it. That’s because the Kindle Tablet will reportedly only have about 6GB of storage on it. That’s remarkably small for a tablet, but it’s large when you consider that the Kindle Tablet will come preloaded with Amazon’s Cloud Player for music and Amazon’s Instant Video Player for movies. It means you’ll need a much smaller hard drive for your tablet, which is part of the reason Amazon is able to keep the price of the Kindle Tablet so low.

4. It will reportedly come with a free subscription to Amazon Prime.

The Amazon Prime service—which normally costs $79—gives Amazon shoppers advantages like free two-day shipping and no minimum purchases for free shipping. When you buy the Kindle Tablet, Tech Crunch says the plan is to give away a free subscription to Amazon Prime. So if you’re a frequent Amazon shopper, you’re basically getting a very useful service for free when you buy the Kindle Tablet.

5. Did we mention that it only costs $250?

Listen, we could go on and on and on listing the specs of the Kindle Tablet. But we’ll let you go to Tech Crunch to read about all of the bells and whistles that’ll come standard in the Kindle Tablet. All we care about is that someone has finally figured out a way to create a cool tablet for less than 500 bucks. At $250, the Kindle Tablet is worth the price of admission and we can pretty much guarantee that you’ll find one of these in our hands when it drops later this year. Sorry, Apple, but Amazon’s got the right idea here. And you’ve finally got some very real competition on your hands. We can’t wait to see how it plays out.

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