Why buying the Amazon Kindle Fire would be stupid

Why buying the Amazon Kindle Fire would be stupidYeah, so the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. It's great, isn't it? Following the live blog of the unveiling over in New York certainly got us all excited about the slate and it's super-affordable price.

But others are telling a different story – that this version of the Amatab is actually a stop-gap effort rushed out the door in time for the holiday season, and those with cool heads would be better waiting a few months for the real deal to show its face.

By “others” we mean Gdgt, a site about... well, you can probably guess. It claims the Kindle Fire revealed yesterday was slapped together based on the RIM PlayBook (a bad idea if ever we heard one), and was actually intended to launch earlier in this year, only to be hit by delays.

According to the original plan, the version announced yesterday would get Amazon in the game, while the follow up, pencilled in for Q1 of 2012, would be the real heavy hitter.

It's certainly a theory we've heard a few places before, with talk specifically that the 2012 model will feature an iPad-slapping quad-core processor (well, iPad 2-slapping, anyway).

So you should give version one a skip and hold out for a few months till the second Amazon tablet arrives, right? Well, maybe. As Gdgt itself is decent enough to point out, there's no guarantee that the second one will launch on time either.

And with only a single precedent to go on so far, we know which way we'd put our money.

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Treab  Sep. 28, 2011 at 19:13

now now david... buying this tablet wouldnt be stupid.. buying the below tablet would be

http://www.gearzap.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/next-tablet-2.jpg

i show you it in the tablets only useful function... a place mat...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 28, 2011 at 19:46

The Fire is a totally different beast, aimed at a totally different market and demographic to the rumored quad core 10" Amazon Tablet. One's a jumped up ebook reader, one's a full blown tech lovers dream.

Treab  Sep. 28, 2011 at 19:49

the fires the tech lovers dream the quadcore is a jumped up ereader... admit it you know im right ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 28, 2011 at 19:52

I'm a tech lover. My dream is for a tablet to be released that's as fast as my work laptop...IMHO, it's not going to happen for a long time, even though I only have a 1st gen i5 processor, it still demolishes even my massively OC'd TouchPad in pure processing power. Hopefully quad core will significantly close that gap :)

Treab  Sep. 28, 2011 at 19:57

when you say your work laptop did you mean this...

http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/be/beanstalk-my-first-laptop.jpg

hehe ;)

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 28, 2011 at 21:36

Matt, it's time you filled us all in as to processing. What are you processing? :p

cicobuff  Sep. 28, 2011 at 21:57

It would make sense, seeing that there is no UK announcement. Rush out the Kindle Fire in the US pre-thanksgiving, all ready for the holiday seasons and cash in on some of the Nook Colors sales to get their place in the market of colour tablets.

However, if as predicted the Fire 2 or whatever it will be called is launched beginning of next year it could alienate existing owners who may be fuming at their fast reiteration of products.

Ultimately though it would have no effect on the UK market, and use our American cousins as the "guinea pigs" for the 1st gen device.

Treab  Sep. 28, 2011 at 22:39

Matt process's his employers accounts... you know his employer big bob and gay garry ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 28, 2011 at 23:02

Matt just likes POWERRRRRRRR, hence my fascination with OC'd processors ;). Sorry to disappoint you Treab :p.

Treab  Sep. 28, 2011 at 23:41

did you tell gay gary and big bob that ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 28, 2011 at 23:42

I told your mum that ;)

#childish

Treab  Sep. 28, 2011 at 23:49

Pah i told your mum and your sister that :p

#icanbeatyouatchildish :p

onlineo  Sep. 29, 2011 at 00:15

There will be a bigger better version next year, but it will not be $199, more likely £299 or possibly even $399. So owners of the new tablet will not be upset too much.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 29, 2011 at 09:24

onlineo, I agree with you, the two tablets aren't going to be aimed at the same market, the 10" one next year will be a full blown tablet rather than a feature filled ereader.

hard123  Sep. 29, 2011 at 11:05

Im not sure.

We won't be getting it in the UK (assuming we ever do) until at least the latter stages of Q1 2012.

We haven'g got the Amazon Android marketplace or a few other of their smaller elements that come together to make the Fire such an atrractive Tablet proposition.
I think we'll most definitely see a European release for the Fire before we see any big brother model and not have them released side by side.

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 30, 2011 at 09:41

Sorry, with TI OMAP 4430 for $199 - it's the best tablet money can buy. Guess what I'm getting on my next trip to US ...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 30, 2011 at 09:44

^ Precisely, bargain.

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