But there’s another, more basic, tablet space that’s dominated by Amazon’s Kindle with competition from the Nook by Barnes & Noble. This space is one that’s defined by a primary application (book reading) with a smaller number of additional applications and functions, and available at much lower prices. These devices are evolving in functionality and in shape and size.
Rumors of Amazon developing a higher function tablet have been circulating for a month or two. With their Kindle development experience, their relationships with book publishers and storefronts, and one-click purchasing for a faithful user community, they have a strong foundation to leverage for a commercial success.
Meanwhile Barnes & Noble, which already had been selling devices that were part e-book reader part junior tablet, just released a little brother to the Nook – the Nook Simple Touch Reader which is small, light and grayscale-only.
These rumors and releases, and the increasing competition at the higher end are all signs of a maturing product space, and a broader set of choices and price points for users.
- Do you own any of these devices? Are you considering a purchase?
- Would you consider owning more than one such device?
- What are you looking for in a tablet that isn’t quite there yet?
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