As you probably already know, Amazon’s tablet, the Kindle Fire, was announced a few days ago. Priced at a pretty amazing $199, its purpose is more focused than your general usage tablet like the iPad or the Xoom: it’s specifically designed for consuming content like books, music and video (preferably through Amazon’s own services, of course). Although it will probably be possible to install some other apps (through Amazon’s AppStore) to do some email and chatting and gaming and what have you, it will probably be more limited than on those bigger tablets, and will likely be only advertised as the last bullet point on the list of specs, if at all.
Tablets, and especially Android tablets, are going to be all the rage this year, with more new tablets announced every week than Lindsay Lohan had rehabs. Because I’m a geek with money to waste on unneeded electronics, I’ve decided to be part of the early adopters with my new shiny toy, the Archos 70.
I would have usually waited on more mature tablets, along with a more mature version of Android (hopefully Honeycomb), but there are a few reasons I jumped on this one: