The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet may be one of the cheaper tablets available on the market today, but it soon may have tough competition. Not only could Samsung's low-price tablet cause competition, but a new, cheap tablet powered by the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system could disrupt the Fire sales.
Currently, Amazon's Fire tablet sells for $199, which is much cheaper than the latest iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. The low price point is welcomed by consumers looking for a general handheld device, and the logic behind the device for the company is the sales of additional digital content. Examples of these are MP3s, movies, and Kindle e-books. It's expected the company will continue to improve the device and add new features to future versions. With that in mind, right now Fire is among the cheapest options for anyone looking for a tablet, but it may not be the most suitable for all needs.
However, there is reportedly a new tablet on the way called "My Tablet 7" from X-Tex. This is an entry-level device and is said to cost just $149.99. The device specs include 480-pixel display, 1.5GHZ processor, and an upgradable 16 gigabytes of internal storage. It also includes a 2-megapixel web cam, HDMI outputs, and a mini USB port in addition to a full USB port.
The attractive feature for many on this tablet may be that it comes with Ice Cream Sandwich, the Android 4.0.3 operating system. Some critics and reviews have been a bit unimpressed with Amazon's operating system platform, which is really just a portal to buy their digital products. This new tablet sounds like it has potential, but the company name is not one that is household at this point. If a cheaper tablet comes along for a more recognizable company like Samsung, it could be an effective Kindle Fire fighter. Otherwise, right now Amazon has the advantage, as they can work on improving their product for future releases, much like Apple has with iPads, iPhones, and iPods.
Do you own the Kindle Fire tablet, or are you waiting for a newer version to arrive on the market? Would you buy a less expensive tablet even if the company name was not well-known yet?
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