On the question whether or not Amazon will introduce a tablet, it would seem that CEO Jeff Bezos has all but announced the fact to Consumer Reports.
I think they will, and that they should. The success of the iPad has taken everyone, even the most generous analysts, by complete surprise. I think Amazon is uniquely positioned, compared to, say, Google, in that the OS on the Kindle was written from the ground up for that device. Much like iOS, a translation to a fuller-featured tablet version has probably been in the works for years. And take a look at the new Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, I’d say gearing up to beat Apple at the silly Mobile Me game out the gate.
Everyday on the amazon.com homepage there is a big ad for Kindle, imagine that instead is an ad for the Amazon Tablet and behold a distribution platform that rivals even Apple.
If they do it right, and I think they can, we’re looking at a (finally) real iPad competitor. I can’t wait to see it.
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