Google’s Nexus 7 tab: good news for Kindleers
Google is taking pre-orders for a $199 Android tablet.
Clearly, in some ways, it beats the Kindle Fire. For the same price, you do get a GPS and a front-facing camera. It has Bluetooth and a microphone. It has physical volume buttons. Right now, they also give you a $25 credit at the Google store.
In other ways, it matches the Kindle Fire. Same amount of memory (although I haven’t seen how it is partitioned)…and for $50, you can get 16MB (twice as much). Google Play is expanding, but it already sells music, books, and apps, and they are adding major magazines, and will be selling movies.
It’s a solid, well-respected company that appeals to non-techies. I associate my Android SmartPhone with Google, and so will many other people.
The Kindle for Android app is already available through Google Play. It’s reasonable to assume that Kindle users will be able to read their Kindle books on a Nexus 7.
If a reasonably informed person was deciding which one to get today, a Kindle Fire or a Nexus 7, the Nexus 7 would probably win.
So, why is this good for Kindleers?
All of the above compares the Nexus 7 to the current state of the Kindle Fire…which Amazon is very likely going to change before too long.
You’ll undoubtedly see this referred to as a Kindle Fire killer, but that’s misunderstanding the old saw: “adapt or die”.
Amazon will adapt.
I think they are likely to reduce the price of the current Fire…and to introduce another model that matches the Nexus 7 at the same price.
If the hardware is seen as equivalent, and then it’s seen as Amazon versus Google, Amazon can stay in the ring.
There were already going to be good things coming for us, but I’m sure this ups the ante.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.