I'm trying it on my Xperia Z Ultra right now; it's playing in HD. Seems to be working well. This is a 6.4" phablet with a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 so it's a pretty serious device; people have said that playback is poor on lesser phones.
I would still like to see an official app from Amazon. Not releasing an Android app is a heavy-handed way of trying to get people to buy the Kindle Fire. Aside from the fact that I prefer a full Android device, Amazon doesn't make a Kindle Phablet so they have no comparable device.
Car sales are a bit different from most retail because there is an ongoing service relationship with the dealer. It has become increasingly difficult to get modern cars repaired by anybody other than the official repair centers (mostly because of the need for specialized diagnostic equipment), so it is important to choose a car where the quality of that service is high and that it is easy for you to get to. (Tesla has taken care of the latter issue: they pick up your car for service.)
Cars are also a product where it can be important to try out the product before buying. Test drives can reveal problems with a car that will make it unsuitable for you: not fitting well in the driver's seat, poor sight lines for somebody of your dimensions, inability to hold things that you carry on a regular basis, and so on. More extended tests are even more revealing. I don't think I would buy a car unless I had the opportunity to live with a similar car for a day, and I'm willing to pay the cost of renting my prime purchase candidate to make that happen if I can't borrow one from a friend.
Side note: one reason the Apple Store has been such a success is that they let you test drive their computers. They have multiple units of everything they sell set up in the store and they will let you use them for significant periods of time. The test computers have full Internet access and allow you to download and install programs (no password required) so you can try them out and determine whether their computer will work well with the programs YOU care about before buying. (They restore the systems regularly with a factory disk image.)
Many car dealers make the buying process painful. What I want is the opportunity to learn about and drive the cars that interest me with no pressure from sales people. Help me if I ask for it; leave me alone if I don't. Give me the opportunity to drive the car, preferably with no sales person present. Forget about trying pressure sales tactics like saying that I must buy NOW to get a deal; I'll walk out the door if you attempt that. And forget all the stupid price negotiations: tell me what your real price is and let me decide whether I like the deal. I'll find out what your real price is on the Internet anyway so you might as well just tell me - or better yet, put it on signs on the cars. Your profits all come from the service relationship anyway.
A big factor in the quality and price of cell service is population density. Density matters because it is directly related to the cost of providing service. Lots of people in a small area are less expensive to serve than a population spread out over a large area.
Europe (the entire continent), the USA, and Canada all have roughly the same land mass. Europe has a bit over twice the population of the US. Canada has just over one-tenth the population of the US. The ranking of their price and quality of service matches their rank of density. Want even better prices than you can get in Europe? Try Japan or South Korea, which have population densities considerably higher than Europe. Want to pay a lot? Move to Australia, which has population density similar to Canada.
My recommendations to Radio Shack:
- Use the store closings to winnow out bad stores and bad staff.
- Double down on the maker market. Improve execution in parts (stocking and organization).
- Give up on laptops. The office stores have won that war. Keep a modest presence in computer accessories.
- Give up on large TVs; the wholesale clubs own that market. Stay with small TVs.
- Decrease the emphasis on phones but don't exit. Keep a strong presence in accessories and prepaid phones.
- Stay with audio and video cables and accessories. Keep the prices reasonable rather than trying to chase the premium cable business.
- Batteries, especially specialty batteries, are a core strength of the business. Never forget that.
- Keep a toe in audio. Be prepared to step it up if Best Buy fails.
- Stay with the electronic toys. Sales are decent and they bring holiday shoppers into the store.
- Get rid of sales commissions. You want people on the floor who are focused on helping customers, not maximizing their paychecks.
One problem is that their employee incentives work against them. Commissions are a big part of the pay for their sales staff so those people have little interest in selling parts; they want to sell you big ticket items that get them a juicy commission. Contract phones count as high priced items because the commission is based on the unsubsidized price, not the penny you hand the store for the new phone.
This. The main success of Keurig has been in offices, not home use. You quickly get one cup at a time, different workers can each get the kind of coffee they want, and cleanup is painless. All of those things are a huge boon for the break room at work.
I think you'd have to be pretty lazy to buy a Keurig for home use. The home version isn't as convenient because it doesn't have a plumbing connection, so you have to fill it with water for each cup. Cleaning up is easier to do at home, where you usually have a well equipped kitchen, than in a typical break room. It costs a lot more money to use unless you buy the refillable coffee pods. But some people are that lazy and willing to pay the price.