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Old 10-05-2011, 11:29 PM   #31
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I don't see how a card slot would jack the price up much.
Manufacturing costs are just the start. Support costs have to be factored in also—lots of issues come up with removable storage.

I expect another reason is that they want to leave an option to add essentially identical models in the future with different memory specs to achieve different price points and profit margins, like Apple does with iPod Touch. But they want to sell the #*$& out of this one first.
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:33 AM   #32
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I expect another reason is that they want to leave an option to add essentially identical models in the future with different memory specs to achieve different price points and profit margins, like Apple does with iPod Touch. But they want to sell the #*$& out of this one first.
They'll sell a lot of them, but lack of a card slot means I won't be one of those buyers.
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You can get an external battery pack for long trips.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...y+pack&x=0&y=0

We use one for our portable DVD player to amuse my grandson on long trips and it works great. Most of the time it sits in a drawer, but we do use it a few times a year and those times make it well worth the price and trouble to carry an extra device.
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:48 AM   #34
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not really. it wont leave home.
Yep. Not worried at all. I'll use it mostly around the house or occasionally out and about.

My Xoom works fine and have never so far run out of batter while out and about. I generally leave the charger at home.

given that I can charge it from USB (unlike the Xoom), I'm even less concerned.
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:50 AM   #35
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They'll sell a lot of them, but lack of a card slot means I won't be one of those buyers.
I don't see that as a problem at all. I've yet to run out of built in storage on any of my portable devices - Xoom, DroidX, Sony 505, Kindle2....

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I think the OP raises a good point. I'd prefer to see something with a longer battery life. I don't think 8 hours is horrible, but it's not great either.

I'm still on the fence in trying to decide if I should buy one. However, I have to say that the battery life isn't my biggest concern. I'd like to use it for browsing the web, and the 7" is my biggest concern. Yet, at $200 it is certainly priced right.
Go for it! I have high hopes for this device. (unless of course you want to wait on the big 10" available next year).
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:21 AM   #37
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I don't see that as a problem at all. I've yet to run out of built in storage on any of my portable devices - Xoom, DroidX, Sony 505, Kindle2....

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It'll be a problem for me, because I'd use it the same way I use my iPod touch - streaming, videos, audiobooks, games. I'm currently using 12GB on my touch.
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It'll be a problem for me, because I'd use it the same way I use my iPod touch - streaming, videos, audiobooks, games. I'm currently using 12GB on my touch.
I certainly couldn't load my entire mp3 library on it, but I wouldn't want or expect to.
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:26 AM   #39
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I certainly couldn't load my entire mp3 library on it, but I wouldn't want or expect to.
I don't have any MP3s loaded on my iPod touch or my Nook Color. When I want to listen to music on those devices, I stream it off of internet radio. I keep my MP3s loaded on my Sansa Clip+.
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Go for it! I have high hopes for this device. (unless of course you want to wait on the big 10" available next year).
there's a 10" one coming out? hmm...wonder how much it'll sell for. but i'm really hoping for better battery life
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there's a 10" one coming out? hmm...wonder how much it'll sell for. but i'm really hoping for better battery life
Yes, the rumors are saying a 10" version of the Kindle Fire early next year...but these are just rumors....
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Yes, the rumors are saying a 10" version of the Kindle Fire early next year...but these are just rumors....
And so was the 7" 3 weeks ago.
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And so was the 7" 3 weeks ago.
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Just got off a chat with Kindle customer service. Obviously this battery won't be user-replaceable. But they also have not yet set a price/policy on changing batteries when they need it.

Much like Barnes and Noble who still hasn't set that policy (though at least batteries can be had through 3rd parties and replacement is not supposed to be too difficult).

I know these batteries last for a few years, but I am always taken aback that the assumption is you will just replace the device. I realize Amazon isn't going anywhere, but still this irks me.
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at $200 it is certainly priced right.

When I clicked through, I was offered an Amazon Visa card and $50 off, so I paid only $149 for mine.
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