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Comment Re:The biggest losers will be Brazil, India, (Score 1) 466

5% of India is still what, 50 million people? That's a fair bit of money.

I like to think of them as "future Android users". Apple is great, of course...but apparently only if you're an American. But the more they isolate themselves the more they'll realize that you can't function in an economic vacuum. People will want a choice, and Android is where they'll find it.

Comment Re:The missing feature (Score 1) 62

Of course, if informed consumers are willing to accept limitations of this nature, their better option is to go with an iPad. The big advantage of an Android, aside from lower cost (and there are good unlocked Androids out there for the same or less than a Kindle), that it is an open platform that allows freedom, the ability to customize and choice for the user. Don't like play store? Okay, go use any one of the third-party app stores out there (even Amazon's). But why you would want that is beyond me; the ones from Amazon come hobbled to only work if their app store software is installed on your machine. While Amazon does some neat stuff as a company, this gambit of theirs is nothing short of foolhardy. Informed consumers will steer clear of being forced to use inferior alternatives (like Bing search engine, and Amazon App Store). And now that they've locked the bootloaders eliminating the option to change the software manually, I can't recommend the device even to casual tablet users. There are simply too many other, better alternatives. What's Ironic is the new Kindly hype is all due to Amazon's fear of the Nexus monster; yet they don't provide anything with their devices that gives them an advantage over the absolutely amazing Nexus.

Comment The Greatest Mistake (Score 2) 62

The greatest mistake that Amazon made with this device is in fundamentally undermining the strength and appeal of the Android platform. Android is open, Android is free; You can install what software you want; you can customize to your hearts content. If you're tech savvy you can build your own ROM. Amazon takes this and turns it on it's head: They take Android and try to force it to conform to the Apple model; You use the software WE approve, you read the books and listen to the music WE sell you, and if you don't like it too bad. What's worse is, unlike Apple, what they are forcing on you is noticeably inferior to the alternatives.

Comment Re:Not really an Android tablet (Score 1) 62

Even more misleading is that, while they are using a forked Android 4.1 OS, they've completely cut off Google from their system- they try to force Bing on you as a default search engine, force their own inferior app store on you you, etc. I guess if you're a soccer mom who just wants to read her romance novels and check email with something, it might be an okay. But, when you consider that for the same price you could get a fully-featured and VERY powerful tablet like the Nexus 7, and for a comparable price you could get a full-featured Android like the Asus Transformer 300 tablet, you just can't justify getting a Kindle.

Comment Re:Methinks a law of unintended consequences (Score 1) 672

Oh yes, because being one of the poorest-educated states in the nation, the Tennessee lawmakers would naturally be quite hard-pressed to find a way to further hurt their students' chances of working somewhere other than Walmart...but I think they have succeeded here.

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