When I first saw and online ad for Amazon’s $50 dollar tablet, I assumed it was “most certainly” a typographical error . Come on! Who sales a tablet for $50 dollar these days?. Three boring days later, I saw another ad on the tablet but this time with a slightly different price tag – $49.99. Convinced that the price tag “might not” be an error, I did what any sane tech savvy and technology obsessed geek in my position would do – I googled it. Surprisingly , the prices that kept popping up of Google’s result pages for some reasons didn’t quite go down well with me.After years of Using Google for search and research, my faith in the Search giant had been tested, and I failed woefully – I lost part of the credibility I had tagged the search engine with. Obviously confused, I errmm ….. ermmm, I “yahooed” , but Yahoo didn’t quite salvage the situation, $49.98 and less pricey price tag kept popping up. Finally I gave up, how on earth a tablet with $50 price tag was from a company who have been ripping me off with ridiculous product and shipping prices was beyond me – it was from a totally unlikely source (Amazon). $50 sets a new bar for tablets as tech gadgets and commodity, especially when they are made by well-known brand like Amazon.
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why the price matters
Am not much of a historian, didn’t really do history back in high school either. so I hope you will show some mercy on my obviously jumbled up historical dates. There varying dates as to when the personal computer was fully out in the consumer market but for the purpose of this review, we will stick with a ‘not so random’ date to start with. June 10, 1977 – that’s the date I was able to come with after running around some search engines with my 10 inch tablet for 55 minutes (though for some reasons my stopwatch seemed to run faster than normal). There were personal computers in use before my June 10, 1977 date, but the few ones that were used were not quite personal. In the 1980s, personal computers were truly personal, because they didn’t connect to other computers. With the exception of a few dial-up BBSs that few people used, personal computers were standalone islands. And yet, they were personal. They were used for some simple activities, like balancing checkbooks, writing novels, and playing exciting games that would be considered extremely boring these days.Before June 10,1977 the personal computers around were either used by organizations for business or randomly used to launch randomly bored astronauts to random places in space. As time went on the price of getting a PC was enough to sponsor another pointless APOLLO mission to the moon. It was almost the exclusive reserve of the rich, getting a PC was virtually like getting one of those $55,000 Apple’s Electric Car , this time with a different era price tag. Subsequently came the internet and its explosion there of albeit at a not so cheap price. While there are billions of people with access to the internet, there are probably a billion more without access. The reasons are not far fetched – cost of reasonable internet enable devices and data. The PC is the chief culprit here, having a price most people ‘could not’ afford. Then came the laptop, When the price tag on Laptops crashed years later from an average of $5000 to $500 a lot of people had access to the internet. Ok…. Enough of the history alrady, we are all getting bored ( I never liked history anyway), the point is What would happen to the digital divide if access to the Internet got cheaper still? What would happen if consumers could get their hands on a tablet for as little as $50 ? Well its quite simple – it means more people are coming online and are shopping online. And that’s good news for online merchant like Amazon.
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It Comes Cheap…. With Good Specs
When I eventually, accepted the reality that Amazon’s $50 tablet actually cost just $50, I still had serious doubts about its specs. I was like “…there is no way in hell this cheap piece of crap is going to have good specs” , but surprisingly, it doesn’t suck. The tablet which was introduced alongside Amazon’s 10 inches
“Fire HD” tablet is named the “Amazon Fire Tablet” or just “Fire Tablet”. Amazon’s $50 tablet is not the iPad air or any other top-of-the-line tablet, but it definitely
got interesting specification that will make you spare few bucks to get it. It runs on the latest version of Fire OS and comes with a 2980mAh which according to the company can last for seven hours at average use. It features a 7 inch display with a 1024 x 600 resolution display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 8 GB of internal storage, one GB of RAM. With its reputation obviously at stake,
Amazon claims this little tablet is more durable than iPad Air, and has two times more processing power than Samsung’s competing Tab 3 Lite. Since I am still yet to get the tablet myself, I can neither support nor refute these claims.