inning 2 for Android," Epps said. However, she acknowledged, "It's
fair to say the Honeycomb software is not as developed as iOS and it doesn't
deliver the features consumers expect from an operating system like
believe Amazon, with its vast content ecosystem and e-commerce distribution of
customers, could provide a strong, low-cost alternative to the iPad.
might not stack up in hardware sophistication, but it could be subsidized-$300
or less-by Amazon, which could eat the remaining costs or offer a tablet paired
no doubt that Amazon's tablet will far outsell the other Android tablets that
have been on the market so far, but it's not Android's last gasp," Epps
Epps said Amazon will compete with the iPad in three
ways: on price, assuming they sell the hardware at a loss as they have
done with the Kindle; in the cloud, where Apple is behind; and in
e-commerce, where Amazon is the undisputed leader. She said 47 percent of tablet owners have reported researching
and purchasing products from their tablet.
Bob O'Donnell believes Amazon will offer two tablets: one low-cost device
priced around $249 to compete with the Barnes & Noble Color Nook e-reader
and one more traditional 10-inch tablet for $399 to rival the iPad.
this Android-based device a tablet; O'Donnell said it was one of the best-selling
Android tablets in the first quarter this year, better than even the Amazon
the problem: All of these Android guys are pretty much offering the same
product," O'Donnell said. "They're all of the same thing and have
been priced the same. Now you're seeing the PC guys [Acer, Toshiba] come in
Amazon Android tablet is targeted at the iPad or the Nook, Chowdry believes
Apple will be unfazed by the salvo. He said Honeycomb's ecosystem is
"fundamentally broken because Google is going with reach," diluting
its value proposition.
got to have a good balance between reach and profitability, and Apple iPad has
it right," Chowdry told eWEEK.
"Developers are getting more traction, more revenues, better support and
better tools from Apple's ecosystem versus Android."