Just recently, Amazon launched its new featured Kindle Fire together with Barnes & Noble following with their Nook tablet, while a lesser-known Kobo Vox just went on sale beforehand. These devices provide consumers with a less-expensive alternative to full featured tablets as what Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab offers.
Kindle Fire runs a highly modified version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) developed for media usage. Gmail, Google Maps, and any other Android apps will not be found on it. Somewhat, you find a well-designed reading entertainment that ships while using the Kindle reader along with several streaming media services which includes Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora. In general, this product is made for getting you to buy content from Amazon. It comes with a free one-month subscription to Amazon Prime, but charges you $79 per year afterwards.
With the price of $50 more than the Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet also sells well on the market. It includes more built-in storage of 16 GB which adds up to 32 GB for the availability of a socket for an SD card than the Fire. A big deal for e-readers for they can store lots of media for them to read or watch whenever they’re out of reach of Wi-Fi. Just like the Fire, there are plenty of books you can purchase from Barnes & Noble, and it also comes with built-in access to Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora.
Amazon and Barnes & Nobles will eventually provide consumers with better hardware specs comparable to Kobo since they can bring on more money on book along with other media purchases in lieu of just selling the hardware.
Kobo Vox however is a competitive device. Though Kobo doesn’t have the marketing power of Amazon or Barnes & Noble, it provides a social networking aspect that might be appealing to a number of consumers.