Amazon kindles a fire in a small Apple harem

SHASHIKIRAN MULLUR writes from Bangalore: Big people are saying that the unimpeded march of the iPad has finally been met by able competition. “The march has met its match,” they assure.

I’ve been cheering the progress of all things Apple, and only Apple, but this pause in a major Apple affair has warmed me. May the best tablet win, and may the winner match my measure, too.

A few weeks ago I put my 13” Macbook Air on the shelf and began to cuddle up with the petite 11”, the custom model.

She is said to be slower than my last love, but she doesn’t show it. She should have some less resolution but I can’t see it—the infallible ingredient of the perfect affair, the blindness of true love.

Our embrace is yet unbroken, and my ardour exceeds my expectations of my 52-year-old self. In this state of affairs, not merely is my 13” jilted; uncared for and untouched hours sometimes is my iPad 2, who stands pouting in the dark inside my bag.

She doesn’t deserve this: There is none yet to beat her allure, and there is not one on whom my magazines show as they do as they unfurl on her: The Economist, Time, NY Times, Esquire and, most of all, Popular Science.

Sometimes I ask her to wear a surprise, like the Lufthansa in-flight magazine, and in the last two issues there burst forth from her the colors of Patagonia and the bubble of Buenos Aires.

How she sizzled!

But, alas! I cannot read a book on the beauty, and I cannot write for long on her. The feast of her colours and her blinding radiance mean that we engage in intense spells that are not so long as a book demands, or the time you usually give to tap and re-tap and tap again 500 words that satisfy you.

No, a book and a long joust of writing ask for a companion who is gray, sober. For me, writing happens on the 11”, and I read books on the somewhat stout Kindle, who, when not in my hands, leans on the taller iPad in my bag.

I should be happy with my small harem, but my eye hasn’t stopped roving, and it is caught now by the brand new Kindle Fire.

Are the big people right?

Could she be the one?

The one love who is more than my last and all my lost loves? Can I enjoy Outlook India, the short office document, and also War & Peace and Crime & Punishment on her?

And, O yes, how good is the surfing experience?

I cannot tell for some time. I have been an ardent Apple fellow, but Apple’s favours come slow to India. And Amazon’s Kindle came to India after two models had been used and discarded in America.

The Kindle Fire arrives November, first for America, and Amazon’s site does not say which model of her they will send here, and when.

Until then, I will read of her with the promising name, and ask regarding her secrets, and steal looks of her in the hands of others, with some doubt and also with much hope, because even if she will eventually not stand up to the iPad she is certainly almost as photogenic.

There have been times in my life, like in the days and nights of my youth, when I have been more than happy with just a picture.

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7 Responses to “Amazon kindles a fire in a small Apple harem”

  1. the colonel Says:

    it started with the macintosh or mac.
    the outstanding os at that time was the os\2 but for no known reason like the sony video standars it sank. the mac was far beyond its time and still is.

    after leaving apple, jobs continued with the next and nextstep along with sinclair’s QL. all brilliant. all sank.

    apple/jobs products are allways brilliant, but the android has beaten them hollow and for the first time rightly so.

    its sad to see that popular will overwhelms technical wizardy.

    its sad to see his hatred for us. try bying his product or support in india. this hatred has endured three decades.

  2. joblessenggstud Says:

    Jeff Bezos has done a right thing here, I feel. Kindle Fire has retained it’s core purpose, i.e. an e-book reader. Nobody has dubbed this device as an Android tablet. In fact the OS itself is highly customized. With no Android Market, Amazon is forcing people to use it’s cloud service and other apps, similar to pretty much what Apple does. I came to know that production cost itself is $209, and it is offered at $199. It’s a gamble though. iPad killer? Maybe, in India, provided Apple releases it’s products earlier than it is doing now.

  3. Nastika Says:

    @the colonel,
    Steve Jobs is brilliant strategist, in that he had a long term vision and at the same time had the capability for eye for minute details (not many in the history mankind had these 2 abilities at the same time).

    There is nothing sad in Android being No 1 smartphone.

    I agree the Apple products are well-packaged. Apart from the price & package, could you tell in what way are Apple products, ‘technical wizardy’.

    .

  4. Nastika Says:

    @joblessenggstud
    Amazon is selling its tablet at cost price. If anybody subscribes to even one of their service, they start making money :)

  5. the colonel Says:

    nastika see how language evolves.

    there is nothing sad about android, it counts in brilliance at the tech level, and rightly deserves its place and overwhelming steve.

    regrets if a contrary impression was made in the original

  6. joblessenggstud Says:

    @Nastika
    Oh. Maybe I was misled by tech blogs. Cloud service for content bought through Amazon is free. Again WTH, I end up paying Amazon. :)
    I was unlucky with Touchpad firesale. This might be my first tablet. Cheaper than my current phone :D

  7. Doddi Buddi Says:

    Well said, Colonel!

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