John Gruber on the tablet game

October 4, 2011

Need to get up to speed on the tablet market and what spells success vs. failure? John Gruber of Daring Fireball posted an excellent analysis a few days ago when Amazon’s new Kindle tablets were released. Among his points:

The other guys — the Samsungs, HTCs, Motorolas, RIMs — can’t match Apple’s hardware design, don’t even try to match Apple in terms of original and differentiated software, and struggle to match Apple’s prices because they don’t have the economy of scale advantages Apple does. Those guys can’t match Amazon either, because they have no content to sell. Amazon can give away the razor because they’re already in the business of selling blades. The other guys don’t even have blades to sell.

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