Short answer, no. Lets break it down. Last week Amazon pretty much announced their tablet was coming and it would be unveiled on Wednesday. Today we learned that it would be called the Kindle Fire and rock a custom version of Android.
TechCrunch also noted that it has a striking resemblance to the BlackBerry PlayBook which wouldn’t be so bad because I really liked the hardware. The folks at gdgt did some more digging and found out that the reason it looks like the PlayBook is because it pretty much is. Originally RIM outsourced the design of the PlayBook to Quanta, the most used PC maker. In order for Amazon to get this out in time for the holiday season the supposedly had to take some shortcuts like PlayBook look and a slower processor.
Yikes. I guess you can say that first gen hardware in general is terrible but to hear that stuff was sacrificed to get it out the door is a little unfortunate. I will definitely be comparing it to the PlayBook specs to see if this is true or not. The one announced is supposed to be a 7″ screen with a 10″ version slated out for 2012. The price tag is the biggest seller, $249 or $300 with a year Amazon Prime subscription (normal Prime subscription is $79).
I’m still looking for a good tablet, I have an iPhone so I’m looking for something other than an iPad. This first gen will not be an iPad killer but the way Amazon is trying to dominate other markets (app store, instant watch TV shows & movies, etc) future generations could possibly give Apple a strong competitor to worry about.