Reasons the Amazon Kindle Beats the iPad

October 9, 2011

The Kindle Fire is burning up the charts.

Purported pre-sales of the newly announced Kindle Fire by Amazon suggest the tablet is on track to outsell the iPad in first-month sales. If accurate, that’s big — really big. So far, competing brands have done nothing to rival Apple’s splash nor dominance of the growing tablet market. The Fire is the first real competitor. It may not be the first, first, but it is the first with the LOW PRICE!!!

Apple iPad sales are as brisk as ever, of course, but there’s plenty of reason for the excitement surrounding the all-new, color screen, touch-enabled Kindle Fire. To borrow an Apple word, it’s different. But it’s also similar enough to the iPad that a lot of consumers might view it as a worthy alternative — indeed, something better.

Start with reason #1, stop there is you have had enough, but it gets better down the article. Me personally, not too concerned with Amazon specific offerings, I am more concerned how it functions as a general computing pad gadget.

1. Eye-popping affordability. At $199, the Kindle Fire sells for less than half the price of the iPad, which starts at $500. So for every entry-level iPad bought and sold, you could buy two and a half Fires. That alone is turning heads, especially since the previously released and uninspired iPad clones have tried to charge as much as Apple for a much less desired product.

2. A lot more content. Content is king. And iPad may be king of the apps, but Kindle Fire bests it considerably by volume of content. The Fire will have immediate access to the 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books already available on Amazon’s easy-to-browse virtual shelves.

Apple doesn’t cite how many TV shows or songs are available, but the number appears to be far less in annecdotal searches.

Want to rent instead of buy? There’s an app … er, a solution for that, too: 10,000 movies and TV shows can be streamed instantly. Those numbers are huge, and growing everyday.

3. Free storage. If you want to take all your content with you, the entry-level iPad and its puny 16 gig storage drive leaves a lot to be desired. You can buy more, but it’ll cost you. Which is why the Fire’s sales pitch — free cloud storage for all your Amazon content — is so enticing, especially since Amazon is already the no. 1 digital bookstore, the no. 2 mp3 store (behind Apple), and high on the list in other categories.

For content you don’t buy from Amazon, there are about 6 gigs of free space on the Fire to do with as you please.

4. Democratized apps. One of the biggest knocks on the Apple AppStore is that it’s a closed system—if Apple doesn’t like your stuff, no app for you. One of the biggest knocks on the Google Android software powering nearly every other tablet out there is that it’s too open—you’re required to sift through a lot of junk to get to the goods.

The Kindle Fire hopes to bridge that gap with the Amazon Appstore, which remains open like Android, but only makes available the very best and most popular apps from the open market. The result: More free apps without the hassle, the best of both worlds approach.

5. Ergonomics – Easier to hold. The 10-inch iPad is a lot of fun, but hard to handle with one hand due to its weight and size. The 6-inch Kindle reader, on the other hand, is a lot easier to hold. With only one hand, you can hold it for several hours without fatigue. The new 7-inch Kindle Fire promises the same: capable of being held with one hand, lighter than the iPad, and a lot more portable.

Where the compromises are: All of those pros don’t come without sacrifices, however. The Fire’s screen is 3” smaller than the iPad, which might not make it as ideal a device for watching movies or playing HD games (that’s to be seen, though). Furthermore, the Fire lacks a lens and microphone, so it won’t be able to snap photos, shoot video, or accept video calls.

But for $300 less, those are things I bet a lot of people can live without. You already should have a $100 camera, bought from Amazon, natch to do those chores.

The Kindle Fire goes on sale Nov. 15 for $199.

Isn’t that the real reason it’s burning up the charts, and will win in the end???
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Heck of a job there, Baracky, How About Another Teleprompter Séance To Perk People Up

July 11, 2010

Summer of recovery coming along nicely — Economy still failing

The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures the economic confidence of consumers on a daily basis, dropped three points on Friday, falling to its lowest reading since January 15. At 72.8, the Consumer Index is down five points from the beginning of the year and is now just one point above the 2010 low.

Among all adults nationwide, just 9% rate the economy as good or excellent, down three points from the beginning of the year. A quarter (23%) of adults feel economic conditions in the country are getting better, an eight point decline since the year began.

Among investors, 9% rate the economy as good or excellent and 26% believe the economy is getting better. Fifty-five percent (55%) of investors believe the economy is getting worse.

Extra credit question, does this dumb jug eared jackass think people are so stupid they can’t figure him out? His Hugo Chavez commie act is now falling on death ears.


Accurate Numbers: Underemployment Up To 20.3% In March

April 2, 2010

Yes that is underemployment, all those that want better jobs than they can find, plus those unemployed, it continues to go up.

A fitting headline alternative Underemployment Rises to 20.3% in March for today’s jobs report which is getting entirely too much hype as good economic news from the left.

The actual unemployment, before the looks better fixes are applied for 2010 Jan-Mar is 16.5% 16.8% 16.9% — yes it’s increasing. The real data is here, look for item U-6. Always best to go to the source, ignore the lame stream media hype and cheering leading breathless drools.

So underemployment is increasing, sigh, up another 0.5% in March 2010. Steadily rising, as Obozo’s socialist policies are destroying the private sector economy.

This sums it up the meaning of underemployment:

As unemployed Americans find part-time, temporary, and seasonal work, the official unemployment rate could decline. However, this does not necessarily mean more Americans are working at their desired capacity. It will continue to be important to track underemployment—to shed light on the true state of the U.S. workforce, and the millions of Americans who are searching for full-time employment.

So if you are a college grad with years experience in your chosen field, and now work at Burger King, that’s what underemployment is.

What we need is less government out out control spending which is doing nothing but bankrupting our country, in the name of economic stimulus and more of the government getting the hell out of the way of the private sector economy.


Gallup: Environmental Concerns Hit 20-year Low In U.S.

March 17, 2010

USAToday informs us that the environment and concerns about it have now hit a 20 year low. Proving the environment and the concerns for same, are a sunshine, good times type of hip thing ? Being environmental freindly on goes so far, and unemployment and recession seems to have taken all the cash people have for that mostly nonsensical crap.


Construction Unemployment Rate Hits 27.1% as Another 64,000 Construction Workers Lost Jobs in 2/2010

March 15, 2010

The construction unemployment rate jumped to 27.1% and construction employment dropped to a 14-year low as another 64,000 construction workers lost jobs in February, according to federal employment figures released recently.

Looks like that NObama focus like a laser light on jobs, jobs and jobs is paying off handsomely.


What Happened In 2007?

March 7, 2010

Confusing isn’t it? Note that in 2007, the first year the Democrats ran the House …


SAN FRANCISCO: Outrage Grows Over Muni Operators’ Pay

February 25, 2010

The city’s Muni operators are about to have one of those “uh-oh” moments. You know, that awkward instant when a group realizes that it overplayed its hand – badly.

Even in San Francisco, a union town where labor issues are treated with kid gloves, politicians and transit riders are teeing off on the drivers like they stole rent money from little old ladies.

“There is no question in my mind that they completely misread the public,” Mayor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. “Either they step up or the people of San Francisco will.”

Friday, the Municipal Transportation Agency will vote on ways to balance its budget.

Public sector unions are strangling America, just like they are doing to Greece and most of Europe.


New Homes Sales Lowest On Record

February 24, 2010

Sales of new homes plunged to a record low in January, underscoring the formidable challenges facing the housing industry as it tries to recover from the worst slump in decades.

The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that new home sales dropped 11.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 309,000 units, the lowest level on records going back nearly a half century. The big drop was a surprise to economists who had expected sales would rebound to an annual rate of 360,000 units.

Looks like the housing recovery is not there.


Bailing Out !

February 15, 2010

Cap-And-Trade: The Grand Canyon State avoids a big economic hole by suspending its participation in a multi-state initiative to fight climate change. As climate fraud is exposed, economic reality sets in. Will California follow?


U.S. Government This Year Will Borrow One Of Every Three Dollars It Spends

February 4, 2010

How exactly is this debt even remotely sustainable? And is the debt now transitioning to an entirely new problem, a national security threat? The answer, if Obama’s goal is to crush the US economy, prosperity in America, it makes perfect sense. Slavery by debt so large it can never be repaid.

Read the chart carefully, because Greece is approaching default as their yearly deficit to GDP is now about 12.7%. From the chart below the USA is entering the ‘Greek option’ area of yearly deficit to GDP.

So is the the coming financial emergency that Obama is reaching for?


GERALD F. SEIB at the WSJ is beginning to think debt is becoming a national security threat:

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