Stop everything and read about Amazon’s tablet

MG Siegler has a super, super exclusive over at TechCrunch regarding Amazon’s much rumoured Kindle Tablet that he reckons will retail for $250 — this year.

I strongly recommend have a read of his post.

It’s called simply the “Amazon Kindle”. But it’s not like any Kindle you’ve seen before. It displays content in full color. It has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen. And it runs Android.

via Amazon’s Kindle Tablet Is Very Real. I’ve Seen It, Played With It. | TechCrunch.

The market dynamics about to be unleashed are going to have serious, serious implications for the operators. Pay close attention to MG’s point about a 3G Kindle tablet. Some operator groups are no doubt having kittens over this already. What happens if you do the worldwide deal for unlimited Amazon Kindle 3G data? Does your network take a pummelling? Or do you gain a fantastic partner, guaranteed stable revenue and the opportunity for some upside? Or are you relegated to a lower level whilst the tablet wars finally commence?

It’s going to be a really, really interesting final stretch to Christmas in the mobile industry.

By Ewan

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5 replies on “Stop everything and read about Amazon’s tablet”

Even though it runs Android, if I’m honest I don’t think it stands to beat, or even come close to the iPad. The iPad just has something no other tablet has. The lower price point might appeal to some people, but to be honest it’s still not cheap. I’d have to see it properly though, and in a few months time I might have to completely eat my words!

They say …”if”.  Didn’t the former Kindle run on Sprint’s Whispernet, using the older, slower bandwidth channels as opposed to 3G?  I certainly don’t want another monthly account for a consumption device.

I’m as intrigued with cheap, slow cellular data connections on embedded controllers everywhere.  As in self-blogging,image uploading cat collars.  Just gimme a sim card with a daily limit that cannot be exceeded on a slow connection for $5/mo.

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