Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire hits stores on Tuesday, and the floodgates opened at midnight on Monday for reviewers to unleash their thoughts on the Android-based tablet -- and, of course, how it will or will not threaten Apple’s current domination of the tablet market with the iPad 2. Here’s a look at what the reviewers have to say.
This was one of the most interesting and exciting weeks for iOS gaming in recent memory...if you're a specific type of gamer. There's not much on offer this week for the average casual gamer (except the future money tree Snoopy's Street Fair), but if you're a hardcore gamer this is the week for you. There's some juicy drama coming to the tablet gaming space with GameStop beginning to stock Android tablets, and Rockstar has said some other Grand Theft Auto games could make it to iOS in the future.
While we anxiously await what Apple has up its sleeve in the next iPhone, another tech giant seems to have something coming down their respective pipeline. According to the New York Post, Amazon is planning to release their own version of a tablet in September or October. The kicker though? The company is reportedly planning to release it for "hundreds less" than Apple's entry-level iPad 2.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his team have been quite insistent that the 7-inch form factor doesn’t make sense for a tablet, while other companies have been quite happy to give it a go. The latest is Acer, who unveiled its new Iconia Tab A100 on Friday morning, the first 7-inch to come with Android Honeycomb 3.2.
An independent technology analysis provider has done a comparative breakdown of eight tablet models, including Apple's iPad, and the conclusion is clearly in Cupertino's court. Because Apple controls both the software and the hardware of the iPad, competitive tablet manufacturers using operating systems from other companies just can't match the design efficiency.
Apparently, when you design and engineer a product from the bottom up, you make a better product. Who knew.
There have been plenty of reports recently showing the iPad has a stranglehold on the tablet market, so it is not earth shattering that more business users are using iPads as well.
What is extra-surprising is that Android tablet activations in the business world have dropped during the second quarter of 2011, while iPad activations have grown. To put a finer point on the situation, reports indicate that during second quarter there were more iPad activations than the total number of Android tablets and smartphone activtions. Combined.
Take that, Google: A new report suggests “second-grade” touchscreen panels rejected by Apple for the iPad 2 are making their way into “Chinese ‘white-box’ iPad clones” used for cheaper Android tablets.
If we ever needed proof that the iPad 2's high resolution display is impressive, Dr. Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate has released another one of his very thorough display shootouts. This time, Dr. Soneira is comparing tablet displays and -- surprise, surprise -- the iPad 2 is the one to come out on top.