Surprisingly, by Stephen Levy in Wired:
That’s why, in a sense, some of the iPad comparisons and cavils you may read today in the hands-on reviews of Fire are somewhat irrelevant in light of this larger issue. Yes, the Fire lacks the industrial-design pyrotechnics that make fanboys foam at the mouth like the iPad does. But who cares? Like a lizard shedding its skin, next year there will be another Fire and in three years the original will look as antiquated as the bizarre-looking Kindle 1 appears today. When you pay $199 for Fire, you’re not buying a gadget—you’re filing citizen papers for the digital duchy of Amazonia.
“Who cares”? Is that you, Mr. Levy?
I’m sure Amazon will sell a nice amount of Kindle Fires, but I really don’t buy the argument that no one cares about wonky navigation and stuttering playback, if they are just given a golden ticket to lots of movies and books by The
DoucheDuke of Amazon.
Apple has currently set the bar for tablets, and they set it damn high. Either do something better, or something else.
I mean, if Microsoft and Nokia can, so can the other guys.