Is Amazon Kindle Fire becoming biggest tablet launch ever?

Amazon had surprised a lot of people by launching a dual core Android tablet at $199 and it seems that it has struck the chord with consumers. According to the sales data received by Cult of Android, the great pricing of Kindle Fire might have led it to become the biggest tablet launch ever.

To remind you, Kindle Fire will go on sale starting November 15 and is in the pre-order stage right now. According to Cult of Android, Amazon is receiving over an average of 2,000 Fire orders per hour and around 50K per day and within first five days of its being listed on, Fire has already seen 250,000 pre-orders.

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Imagine if the same trend continues till the shipping date then Amazon will have 2.5 million pre-orders even before it officially goes on sale.  However, it is like imagining a perfect world, as these are pre-orders, we could expect lots of cancellations too among other factors, which could lead to lower than expected sales.

To give you a perspective on sales numbers, Apple’s original iPad garnered 300,000 unit sales on the first day and 1 million in first month, while iPad 2 was sold 2.5 million times in the first month. Clearly if Amazon manages to go on the same rate and gets 2.5 million pre-orders, it will certainly dwarf iPad sales numbers.

As Amazon never reveals the sales number, we would have to wait for another such leak after November 15 to get the sales numbers.

Analyst Expectations:

According to Strategy Analytics, Amazon is likely to sell more than 15 million units of its recently announced Kindle Fire tablet globally by year 2013-end.


  1. Kindle Fire doesn’t have microSD slot that Nook Color has thus it is stuck with 6 GB usable internal storage unlike Nook Color that can get up to 32 GB card in. Kindles are made to be almost like a “dumb terminal” of the past to make sure you’re tied up to Amazon’s storage on the web (for which you need Wi-Fi connection to get to.) and you can only store content you get from Amazon there, not other files and they can spy on your web activities through the new cloud-integrated web browser. Also, VERY IMPORTANT – lack of microSD slot means that if you decide to root your Kindle Fire, you’ll have to root the actual device thus there will be no coming back. On Nook, you can make it boot from a “rooted” microSD card and if you want to get back to the original Nook you can just take out the card and reboot. Nook Color still has the best on the market anti-glare coated screen that is better for eading/viewing outside.
    B&N is rumored to be coming out with Nook Color 2 shortly that will sure to have Netflix app among others (you won’t find it on Kindle). Nook Touch is still better designed than even the new Kindle Touch with battery lasting two months with ONE hour reading a day with Wi-Fi off thus it’s still twice as long as new Kindle’s two months with HALF and hour a day with Wi-Fi off. It looks like Kindle didn’t get any battery improvement in the new model, they only changed the test condition. More, Kindle Touch still flashes black on each page turn while Nook Touch reduces the flashing by 80%.


  2. this sounds like a response from someone who works at Barnes & Noble. face it your f**ked and should get your resume ready because your company is going down…..


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