Amazon Seeing Huge Sales of Kindle, Even Among iPad Owners
Last week Amazon reported that the Kindle is their best selling product ever, exceeding even the sales of Harry Potter books. It seems the latest version of the Kindle, with it’s sleek new design and lower price, is just too much to resist. Even owners of the iPad are buying Kindles according to Jeff Bezos.
We’re seeing that many of the people who are buying Kindles also own an LCD tablet. Customers report using their LCD tablets for games, movies, and web browsing and their Kindles for reading sessions… it weighs less, eliminates battery anxiety with its month-long battery life, and has the advanced paper-like Pearl e-ink display that reduces eye-strain, doesn’t interfere with sleep patterns at bedtime, and works outside in direct sunlight, an important consideration especially for vacation reading. Kindle’s $139 price point is a key factor–it’s low enough that people don’t have to choose.
As an owner of both iPad and Kindle, I can completely relate to all the points Bezos makes. I find it difficult to read books from my iPad and I really appreciate the weight, size, battery life and display of the Kindle. Maybe when the iPad comes out with retina display I will feel differently, but I doubt it. So much for device convergence!
Vizio Gets In the Tablet Biz
It looks like Vizio, makers of LCD TVs, is getting into the tablet business. Like a lot of other companies, Vizio plans to offer an Android-powered tabled. From the looks of the commercial (below), I’d say it’s yet another 7″ tablet, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. We’re about to see a huge flood of Android tablets hit the market this year. How they will stack up to iPad and iPad 2 remains to be seen.
Vizio says that their tablet will be available at WalMart and Costco this summer.
Skype Brings Video Chat to iPhone Client
The latest update to the Skype app for iPhone features their own take on Facetime. The difference is that this feature can be used over WiFi or 3G. Facetime only works over a WiFi network. While many phones and apps continue to add video conferencing to their products, I have yet to see anyone use it “in the wild”. There may be some really interesting enterprise uses, however. Consider a service call where the tech can diagnose a problem without setting foot in your home.
In 2011 The Mobile Enterprise Will Finally Be Realized
So says Aaron Levie, CEO of Box.net, pointing to the significant demand from enterprises for both the iPhone and the iPad. No doubt, Apple has been very focused on bringing all of their products into the enterprise.
Mobile devices are becoming a catalyst for completely new enterprise applications, and vice versa. The marriage of the two is so uniquely powerful that businesses will experience a wave of productivity transformation over the next few years.
As someone who works in the mobile enterprise space, I certainly agree. I see strong evidence of fairly broad adoption of both iOS and Android devices. This is a big shift from just a couple years ago when IT departments refused to support anything but the standard company-issue BlackBerry. Even then, the company-issued device was often a year or two behind the latest BlackBerry devices and OS. This shift in IT posture should have a huge positive impact on the productivity and general happiness of employees. Obviously, this also represents a huge opportunity for companies looking to provide mobile solutions for the enterprise.