The Kindle Fire from Amazon, being the one staking out a new position in the bargain area of the tablet market with it’s own $199 market, some are wondering how well the device will bite into the Apple, of the sales of iPads.
A survey done by RBC Capital Markets and ChangeWave Research puts some numbers on a guess on what the impact may be, showing that a percentage of 26% of the people that were surveyed, who either have already pre-ordered the Kindle Fire or are likely to buy one have either delayed or put on a for sure hold on their previous plans for buying an iPad.
The survey that was done has released some strong information leading towards the interest of the Kindle Fire. 5% of the surveyed people that registered, had already pre-ordered or are just simply quite likely to buy the device. This is comparing to the 4% of respondents that had intented to buy the iPad normally back in February, 2010. The market of tablets is obviously at a much better level of “maturity” now, since Apple had sparked alot of interest in consumers in the form factor of the iPad.
For Apple’s part, the report indicated that it welcomed the arrival of the Kindle Fire, which goes to show and suggest that another Android-based tablet has entered the boxing ring with a much-heavily customized and integrated software suite which is aimed towards Amazon’s products completely, obviously. It will put even more dents into the platform which will make customers go toward the reliable and stable iOS by Apple, aka the iPad.
In my mind, the tablet market began a long time ago, but was “matured” by Apple and because they are the “cool” technology company that was capable of releasing such a product with both the company’s own software and hardware, it was a success because of that, and with Apple already being well known. Like Metallica releasing their 20th CD after being well known for their past CD’s. But there will always be competition, which is a fact that Apple has to face, and the same goes for the smartphone market. It is too bad that their ideas have been sort of taken from them by Google in some ways. But I think Google actually did some things right with their Android OS, versus Blackberry’s and Windows phones. Neither of those phones have the ease of use as the Android does, and the only thing the Android lacks is music syncing like the iPhone does with iTunes, out of the box. Winamp has made it alot easier with the Android to sync music, but not everyone knows that, and so the iPhone remains the best out-of-the-box deal for having a highly-supported smartphone for music playback, and connectivity. This is all in my own opinion.