After months of speculation, Amazon.com today finally took the wraps off its long-awaited Android tablet, the Kindle Fire. With a 7-inch touch screen, it offers access to movies, TV shows, music, e-books, email, a web browser and cloud storage, in addition to Android apps and games.

We can debate whether it’s technically a direct competitor to the iPad, but there’s no question that many people will give it serious consideration as an alternative to the popular Apple device, particularly given Kindle Fire’s $199 price — even lower than the $250 that had been expected.

Then again, the Kindle Fire is hardly the only tablet out there.

We’re curious to hear how this changes the buying psychology for all of you, if it does. Which tablet do you plan to buy Help us take the temperature of the tech community by voting in our poll below. (You can vote for more than one.)

After you vote, feel free to fill us in on your reasoning in the comments below.

 

 

Comments

  • Pete Spear

    Looks like a solid product at a much more reasonable price point.  Expect Apple to come out with lower functionality iPads in the same range

    • http://www.thoughtful.co Chris Lynch

      I don’t think that Apple will do this. They have a lower price point product in the iPhone, and Apple generally doesn’t go after low margin products (rumor is AMZN might be losing money on each Kindle). Instead I’d expect Apple to continue to sit at the top of the food chain and see the Android tablet manufacturers scramble to get at or under this price point (which will be hard).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17214283 Calvin Freitas

    I already pre-ordered mine.  The price and the tie-ins with Kindle, Cloud Player, and Instant Video sold me.

  • jvc

    If only one choice, clearly iPad
     but I will own both

  • Jennifer

    It was hard to justify spending $500+ to watch movies, surf the internet and play games on an iPad–which, really, is what most people use tablets for.  $199 is the right price point.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like Windows tablets shouldn’t even be on this poll…yet.

     If the arm-bases Windows 8 tablets weren’t a year+ away and available for purchase right now I might have hesitated on my choice (which ended up being the Kindle Fire).

  • Orin

    I think this means Apple will no longer be able to charge $499 for a base-model iPad, but otherwise I have no interest in the Kindle, or anything else Amazon is selling…

  • Phoebe Katz

    I’d have to see and hold and use it first. Will it have any physical retail presence or will I have to wait for someone i know to get one first?

    • Mckenna797

      Best Buy is takeing preorders or the fire on its web site

  • Nanci

    I have pre-ordered.  I was looking for a tablet with basic email functions.  And, I didn’t want to pay for an IPad with a whole bunch of entertainment functions.  Though a few games are nice, I don’t need that many apps and I don’t really care about watching movies on a tiny screen while sitting at an airport gate.  But, I do like to read, and the Kindle has been a great reader.  I have a hotrod laptop at home which I do not need to travel with.  Wanted something that I could put in the carry on tote, with wifi, to check the email.  Perhaps, something more powerful will come later.  But, for the price, this was inexpensive enough to take the leap.

  • getabout

    As I looked over the various tablets, I asked myself (a) what would my prime uses be (b) the cost of a quality unit (c) weight and feel I could live with daily (d) ease of use (e) memory storage I felt I would need and was willing to pay for (f) access ease to media and internet (g) advantages to a 10″ vs. a 7″ screen (h) wifi only vs. wifi + monthly cost for connect anytime and finally (i) do I really need a camera or two in addition to that on my cellphone.
     I seriously discussed this purchase with some of my iPad friends and placed a pre-order for the Kindle Fire. Once I have played with, and seriously used, the Fire for a week or two .. I will then be in a knowledgeable position to express my joy or disappointment.

  • getabout

    As I looked over the various tablets, I asked myself (a) what would my prime uses be (b) the cost of a quality unit (c) weight and feel I could live with daily (d) ease of use (e) memory storage I felt I would need and was willing to pay for (f) access ease to media and internet (g) advantages to a 10″ vs. a 7″ screen (h) wifi only vs. wifi + monthly cost for connect anytime and finally (i) do I really need a camera or two in addition to that on my cellphone.
     I seriously discussed this purchase with some of my iPad friends and placed a pre-order for the Kindle Fire. Once I have played with, and seriously used, the Fire for a week or two .. I will then be in a knowledgeable position to express my joy or disappointment.

  • Brett

    I already bought my Kindle Fire and can’t wait for Nov 15th!  

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