Price is right
Not this time
Best Argument: Price is right
It's all about price and value.
I've already stated that I feel very strongly that Kindle Fire will succeed because of price and the value add that Amazon brings to the table with their content delivery capabilities and integrated app ecosystem.
My opponent, while making some valid arguments relies heavily on Apple's current strong market position and is under the questionable assumption that their research into form factors and Steve Jobs's vision ultimately will outlast Amazon's attempt at achieving tablet supremacy.
But even visionaries can sometimes be dead wrong. Thomas Edison, the man who Steve Jobs has been compared to numerous times, was stubbornly convinced beyond any doubt that Direct Current (DC) was the future in electrical power.
It only took an enterprising businessman named George Westinghouse and the brilliant mind of a young Nikola Tesla to prove him to be incorrect, and as a result the much more efficient Alternating Current (AC) became in use all over the world for power transmission instead.
Is Jeff Bezos destined to be the George Westinghouse of tablets and digital convergence? We'll soon find out.
Apple sells a 'real' tablet
Huge impact ahead
The iPad has resiliently fended off challenges from a steady stream of upstart tablets throughout 2011. However, it is about to get its stiffest challenge yet from the Kindle Fire. As Perlow noted, Amazon has nearly all the pieces in place to challenge Apple from an ecosystem perspective, and that's far more important than the tablet itself. While I still have my doubts about the general usefulness of a 7-inch tablet, the $199 price tag of the Kindle Fire will override those concerns for most people.
Barnes & Noble doesn't have the ecosystem and its tablet is $50 more expensive than the Kindle Fire, so I don't see it being as big of a threat. The best thing the Nook Tablet has going for it is a strong retail presence. I also don't see either the Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet being as appealing to business professionals, who are some of the iPad's most steady buyers because they want to use the tablet for both work and leisure.Still, I give Perlow the nod on this one. The Kindle Fire is about to have a huge impact on the tablet market.