Way back when we were all living in the same city, we headed out to our local Junior College to watch a live satellite feed of one of Steve Jobs’s first keynote presentations as CEO of Apple. (The one where Noah Wiley walked out on stage as Steve Jobs.)
This morning, we didn’t get to see a live satellite feed, but we did follow along with This is My Next’s liveblog of Amazon’s Kindle announcements, headed up by Jeff Bezos.
- The whole event was very, very Apple like. 1) Lead with impressive stats. 2) Show off the new products. 3) There is no step 3.
- Barnes and Noble? OUCH. Our headline is a joke, but you can bet the Nook Color won’t be $250 for much longer.
- Apple? On notice, but price seemed like the only factor that should cause any real concern for Tim Cook and Co.
- There are now 4 Kindle models. That feels like 1 too many. (Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G, Kindle Fire.)
- $79 Kindle nixes the keyboard, but isn’t touch-able. Questionable choice. This is the model to nix.
- $50 premium for 3G when Wi-Fi is ubiquitous seems a bit steep, even for a lifetime of 3G connectivity. Seems a safe bet to say the Wi-Fi-only model will be the bigger seller by a wide margin.
- The “Silk” web browser was talked-up and hyped almost as though Bezos considers it to be the Kindle Fire’s killer app.
- Probably because, as reports had suggested, there is no built-in email app.
- There wasn’t a lot of talk about reading on the Kindle Fire.
- Would have been nice to see any of the above on stage.
- We saw apps, but we didn’t see the underlying OS. That’s sort of a big deal.
- Bezos knocked the idea of syncing, but people like the comfort of having a local backup. Cloud-only seems premature.
Of course, all of these thoughts come with the caveat that live blogs are often hard to decipher, and light on detail. We may have missed some of the nuance.