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Could Amazon Be Android’s Best Hope?
If Amazon does, in fact, enter the tablet market with a low cost Android tablet this fall they might be able to change the playing field to a lower margin one where Apple would be less able to compete. Could a low cost Amazon Android tablet present one of the first serious contenders to the iPad? Based on the latest Retrevo Pulse Report, it appears that consumers are ready to buy a low cost tablet and are very keen on one from Amazon.
Consumers Want a Less
Expensive Tablet

Every time Retrevo asks consumers what would get them to buy a tablet, low price comes out on top of the list. In the most recent study, almost half (48%) of respondents said that $300 was the price point that would get them to consider an Android tablet over an iPad. Apple has traditionally been able to command a price premium for quality devices but if someone like Amazon who thrives on low margins can move the playing field, Apple may find it harder to command high prices. Despite the fact that Apple makes a lot of money on companion products like apps, music, and software, Amazon may be in a better position to sacrifice a high profit margin on a tablet or “razor” in return for revenue from “razor blades” like books, music, videos and apps. There’s even an Amazon “App Store” whose name Apple was recently unable to convince a judge to get them to stop using.
Amazon's Strong Brand Could Help Them Sell Tablets
Amazon has not made a big secret of the fact that it plans on entering the tablet market most likely with a competitively priced Android tablet appearing early this fall. Could Amazon be Android’s knight in shining armor that could help Android create a stronger presence in the tablet market? When the study asked consumers which manufacturer they would most likely buy a tablet from, we were surprised to see a high percentage of potential tablet buyers putting Amazon (55%) at the top of their list. We’re not positive that some respondents didn’t confuse Amazon the manufacturer (Kindle) and Amazon the reseller but in any case it looks likely that consumers prefer an Amazon branded tablet over ones from more established tablet manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola.

There’s Still Hope for an iPad Competitor

Despite the fact that the Apple iPad continues to dominate the market it appears more consumers are willing to consider an Android tablet and many more are undecided. When this Retrevo Pulse study asked consumers about buying a tablet this year half as many said they were planning on buying an Android tablet as an iPad with half again indicating some other tablet.
Going to Be an Interesting
Season for Tablets

The latest rumor out of Cupertino says we might see a widescreen high resolution iPad possibly called the iPad HD sometime this fall. With a high resolution display showing up second (28%) on the list of important tablet features (behind price) if Apple bumps up the resolution in the next generation iPad it could continue to lead the market. Furthermore, as Apple continues to improve the hardware and the number of native iPad apps greatly exceeds the number of native Android tablet apps, even a new low cost tablet might not be enough to diminish Apple’s dominance in the tablet market however, if anyone appears to have a chance at knocking Apple off the tablet hill, Amazon with a low cost Android tablet, might just be the right contender.
About The Retrevo Pulse
The Retrevo Pulse is an ongoing study of tech industry trends conducted for the consumer electronics shopping and review site, Retrevo.com. The data for this report came from a study of online individuals conducted exclusively for Retrevo in June of 2011, by an independent panel. The sample size was over 1,000 distributed across gender, age, income and location in the United States. Most responses have a confidence interval of 4% at a 95% confidence level.
About Retrevo
Retrevo.com is a leading consumer electronics shopping site that helps people discover, evaluate and buy electronics that meet their needs. Since its founding in 2006, the Silicon Valley based company has become the second largest consumer electronics review site in the world. Retrevo has pioneered the science of online product discovery using artificial intelligence (A.I.) that analyzes 100 million plus, real-time data points, from across the web so shoppers always discover the best consumer electronics for their needs, based on real-time technology trends, buzz, values and sentiments. As a thought leader in consumer electronics, Retrevo regularly conducts and publishes research about people’s behavior and relationship with gadgets and technology.
To contact Retrevo’s press department about this study, please email: press “at” retrevo “dot” com.

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