The Amazing folks unveiled their new tablet the ‘Kindle Fire’ yesterday and the grrr brrr has been heavy on this device including an article [Link] entitled “Amazon Just Won The Android Tablet Wars With The $199 Kindle Fire”.
Someone has been imbibing their own urine. I am underwhelmed. A better appellation might be the ‘Kindle Wisp’ because saying this is the winner in the Android tablet competition is rather like saying the motorcar wars were won by the Yugo. If this is the iPod killer there has to be a nuke hidden somewhere to take out Apple headquarters. I rather suspect right now that place is quiet and tattered from all the celebration of the season’s second big IT stupid thing done. This one may not be as big as HP’s but it is certainly big enough.
One of the articles I saw was entitled something like “n thing Kindle Fire has that iPad doesn’t”. Don;t recall the URL, nor the value of n because the list was bogus. n-1 of the items were so contrived and measureless that they slipped through the cracks in space-time down at the Planck level. The only thing that can be said that Kindle Wisp has that iPad doesn’t is Flash and that is hardly a strong discriminator. A forming acne bump would laugh at its magnitude, much less any rational consumer comparison.
The fact is that Kindle Wisp is spayed (or neutered, not sure which is the appropriate term) and lobotomized. The only positive thing that can be said of it is that it has a webkit browser.[Link] It lacks eMail and calendaring, and lacks an app store. It is rather apparent that this Amazing fork of Android has been pruned harshly.
And then there’s the price. $200? For a tenth to hundredth of an HP touchpad? That price might have flown back when the product development was initiated but now it is way too much for way too little. HP’s earlier great stupid thing has polluted the tablet marketplace for years to come.
Of course the demographic for this is predominantly bogs, mainly urban drone commuter bogs. In that population Amazing is assured of selling a few just from fashionista delusions. But to real rational humans? Doubtful. And do we really want to enserf our minds to Amazing as a savior from Apple? Especially an Amazing that is going to be in continual conflict with Gooey over the abused and disemboweled OS.
If this is war it is fascist Germany versus communist Russia circa 1940. Best avoided by those who actually don’t want to throw away money. If you just have to blow it, give the money to the Salvation Army to buy donuts for the troops. They bought you the freedom to avoid this stercus.