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Yes, Indeed: Amazon Kindle 8.9″ HD Kicks the Apple iPad’s Overpriced Ass

Posted on | February 8, 2013 | 9 Comments

You can click right here and order an Amazon Kindle 8.9-inch HD tablet for $299 now. I feel it necessary to point this out, not only because I would collect a small commission on that sale — although that is certainly incentive enough — but also because every sale helps diminish the phony prestige of those insufferable Apple snobs we all hate:

Amazon has launched a new video ad for the Kindle HD 8.9, and it’s not beating around the bush this time. The ad is a direct comparison with Apple’s iPad, claiming the two devices’ screens are virtually identical, while the price for the Kindle is much lower.
“This is the iPad with Retina display,” says the text of the ad. “And this is the new Kindle Fire HD with an 8.9-inch display … You may not be able to tell the difference. But your wallet definitely can,” the ad concludes.
The difference in price is, indeed, substantial. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ starts at $299, while the iPad starts at $499.

Obviously, that’s the only incentive you need to click right here and order an Amazon Kindle 8.9-inch HD tablet for $299 now, although the fact that I’ll collect a small commission on the sale is a factor that might further incentivize your purchase.

Because Free Competition Works, and Apple Sucks



9 Responses to “Yes, Indeed: Amazon Kindle 8.9″ HD Kicks the Apple iPad’s Overpriced Ass”

  1. Dr. Todd Ambrosius
    February 8th, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    Mr. McCain, you realize you’re talking your audience out of higher commissions in your pocket, right? When I do buy a new iPad–kindle…snicker–and use your link, you get more money than if I did choose to purchase a Kindle.

    The free market is a cruel mistress, no? 😉

  2. robertstacymccain
    February 8th, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

    Whatever you buy, as long as you buy it through my Amazon Associates links, I get a commission. Knock yourself out.

  3. jakee308
    February 8th, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    Wake me up when they start selling for under a $100.

  4. DarthLevin
    February 8th, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

    It’ll be a good Valentine’s Day present for the missus… and I’m fed up with my iPad so I think one for me too. Happy Commission.

  5. McGehee
    February 8th, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    I have a Kindle Fire, on which the Kindle app doesn’t work because it can’t register with Amazon. So I read my Kindle books on my iPhone.

  6. WJJ Hoge
    February 8th, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

    OTOH, your loyal readers can also buy iPads on Amazon. The commission is even larger on them. This is a case when you can be pro choice.

  7. Adjoran
    February 8th, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    Capitalism works, which is why Obama supporters can’t understand it.

  8. SDN
    February 9th, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    My wife has a Kindle Fire, and hasn’t had an issue; the Fire reads Kindle natively without an app you install on top. I bet that Amazon would replace it; how long ago did you get it?

  9. McGehee
    February 9th, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    I finally reset the thing to factory specs, which got the Kindle capability back but I then had to find and sideload a bunch of other things. The Kindle’s app ecosystem is teh suXX0r and sideloading is the only way for it to not be a single-use device — but even then the best stuff simply won’t install unless you root the thing, which is even more trouble.

    And a rooted Kindle Fire wants to install Amazon’s Kindle e-reader app for Android, which is what led to the trouble; when the second rooting was canceled by an OS update I decided not to bother anymore, and was stuck with an e-reader app I could neither use, nor update, not uninstall.

    When this thing wears out I won’t be getting another one. Amazon makes Kindle apps for everything, so if I desperately need an e-reader bigger than my phone I’ll look into getting an iPad.