Friday, September 30, 2011

Kindle Fire and Silk

A few weeks ago we wrote about our deception caused by Amazon's tablet leaked specifications. Today we know what it is for real (today everyone is talking about this Kindle Fire), and we confirm that the tablet itself isn't that interesting. But this decentralized browser called "Silk" is something new in the picture, and yes, this is a strong commercial argument (OK, it would be a better argument if the Kinde Fire had a 3G connection, which is even not the case).

Silk may be a good idea today, but we would like it to be implemented by our Internet providers, not by Amazon. Why should I trust Amazon on what they're doing with my bank account credentials? This is frightening. At least it should be possible to specify which web sites may or may not use this Amazon's proxy via black/white lists. But unless silk is open source, how to be sure this will work as expected ? The worst is that I'm sure there are people out there who are going to buy this Kindle Fire, just because it has Silk..

Have a look at this post which summarizes our feeling:
Amazon's Fire isn't that interesting – but Silk is
(I've read that Opera does something similar, but this capability hasn't made the browser a household word. Of course, the good folks behind Opera lack Amazon's cloud servers. And its marketing department. So there you are.)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Lenovo ideapad A1: the next tablet sucess after the Touchpad rush

Lenovo ideapad A1 is the most promising tablet to be released in the next days or weeks. 7" display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels, 1 GHz single core Tegra 2 as a processor, 2 cams (2 and 5 Megapixels), offline-working GPS, good looking (4 colors available) and solid construction are the positive points. The dark side of the medal is the version of Android installed on the device, which will be Gingerbread (Android 2.3). Seems that newer versions of Android require more power than what the single core Tegra 2 is able to provide. So, sorry, but there won't be any Honeycomb or Ice-cream Sandwich for the Ideapad A1.

However it's still a killer device if we consider the price announced: 199 $. Why would you buy a Nook Color or an Amazon tablet if you can have a better device for a smaller price? That's probably why Lenovo recently announced its intention to sell between 1.5 an 2 million tablets in 2011 (among which 1 to 1.5 million ideapad K1 and A1)...

Friday, September 9, 2011

Amazon Kindle Tablet: The Great Disappointment

Finally, that was not a rumor. Amazon is really working on a tablet computer that will be released later this year. MG Siegler, Tech Crunch blogger, was recently invited for a private discovery session and revealed a few interesting things about this future device.

I think the main information is that Amazon knows well how to sell products. Please, learn your lesson : First start leaking some light info, just enough to create a rumor. Then let people speculate for a few months. Then start revealing the truth at a snail's pace to keep making a buzz around you until the product is out.

All this is marketing, and this Amazon Kindle Tablet with its 7 inch size and its single core CPU will probably need a lot of such good marketing techniques to meet its final customers. This tablet is going to be cheap (but not so cheap compared to recent hp sales and new low-cost trend), and it's its single argument.

This tablet is nothing but what it could have been.
I was dreaming of a next-generation display (PixelQI, Mirasol or Liquavista), but sorry, it will be this kind of old LCD screen that you can't read outside.
I was dreaming of an open system, but after reading that the OS is a forked version of Android, I have no illusion anymore.
I was dreaming of a powerful processor for a smooth web experience. It will be a single core CPU...

For all these achievements and others not cited here, the Amazon Kindle Tablet receives the title of Great Disappointment 2011, to be confirmed when the product is launched.