With the exception of Apple’s iPad, it is hard to point to a tablet computer that can be considered successful. The only two slate form factor devices (other than the iPad) that have captured any mindshare at all are Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color. The Nook Color became a general purpose Android tablet earlier this year although it does not have a camera, GPS and other hardware features now commonly associated with tablets. Speculation is high that Amazon will enter the tablet market with its own Android based device very soon.
In fact, the New York Post reports that an unidentified source with knowledge claims that Amazon’s tablet will be hundreds less than the $499 16GB WiFi-only iPad.
Assuming “hundreds less” is at least $200 less, that would bring Amazon’s tablet in at $299 or less. Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color is $249. So, we can guess that Amazon will at least match that price to remain competitive in price. In fact, I would not be surprised if the Amazon Android tablet price was at $199 with a $150 advertisement subsidized version to sweeten the deal.