Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tablet computers: Difference Engine: Reality dawns | The Economist

Final paragraph of an Economist tablet/slate market reality check

Amazon has already shown that it can beat both Apple and Google to the punch by offering to store customers’ music collections in "lockers" in the cloud. Users can then access their tunes from any computer or Android device while on the move. Amazon’s “Cloud Drive” provides users with five gigabytes of storage for free. All together, that sounds like a pretty nifty way of building an Amazon-based ecosystem—and locking customers into it. Steve Jobs, Apple's charismatic former boss and architect of its remarkable self-supporting ecosystem, should be more than a little concerned.

Tablet computers: Difference Engine: Reality dawns | The Economist

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