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3-Way Price War On Black Friday: iPad, Nook, and Kindle 230

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destinyland writes "Black Friday has touched off a three-way price war between Apple, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Kobo readers dropped their price to just $99 to compete with the Nook, only to discover that Barnes and Noble was lowering the price on their touchscreen Nooks to $79, to compete with the new $79 Kindle from Amazon. And meanwhile, Apple has announced aggressive pricing on all Apple products for Black Friday, reportedly including $100 off on MacBook and iMac products, and a $61 discount on the iPad 2."
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3-Way Price War On Black Friday: iPad, Nook, and Kindle

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24, 2011 @02:09PM (#38159738)

    It's hardly a price war.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24, 2011 @02:17PM (#38159826)

    The ads are fullscreen as a screen saver only... The rest of the time it is a little banner on the screen, except when reading, then the ads are not seen at all. You can also disable the ads anytime you want and Amazon will debit the amount to match the price of an unsubsidized model.

  • Re:Price War? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24, 2011 @02:21PM (#38159854)

    This isn't a new price war between Apple and the others (who are selling products that are much more limited than an iPad).

    In previous years, Apple has been known to discount iMacs and MacBook Pros by $101 on Black Friday; and also to discount iPod Touches (I think this discount was roughly 10%). A $61 discount on an iPad 2 would be roughly in line with this.

  • by Guspaz (556486) on Thursday November 24, 2011 @02:35PM (#38159940)

    Depends for what store. A lot of Canadian stores have Black Friday deals, even though Thanksgiving was over a month ago here. Some US stores which operate or ship to Canada have the sales, like NewEgg (although their sale this year for Canada sucks).

    Steam's prices are the same in every country, and they've got some amazing deals. Yesterday had Mass Effect 2 (or 1) for $5, Portal 2 for $10, that sort of thing. That sale is over, but there's a new set for today, and there's some less aggressive sales that are valid all week.

  • Re:Price War? (Score:4, Informative)

    by destinyland (578448) on Thursday November 24, 2011 @02:35PM (#38159942)
    It's even worse. Today Amazon just announced a surprise 32% discount on their Kindle DX tablets!

    http://www.beyond-black-friday.com/2011/11/24/amazon-announces-a-black-friday-sale-on-the-kindle-dx/ [beyond-black-friday.com]
  • Re:Price War? (Score:5, Informative)

    by danbob999 (2490674) on Thursday November 24, 2011 @04:07PM (#38160532)

    Squaretrade made statistics with over 30,000 laptops

    http://www.squaretrade.com/pages/laptop-reliability-1109/?ccode=bs_war_buyerblog [squaretrade.com]

    Asus came first, followed by Toshiba, in terms of reliability. Sony came better than Apple. HP was the worst. Even worse than Acer and Gateway.

    Apple did slightly better than the average, but given that what they call "premium laptops" (those over $1000), which include almost all Apple laptops, also did better than the average, Apple didn't score any better than the competition.

  • Re:Price War? (Score:4, Informative)

    by steveha (103154) on Thursday November 24, 2011 @04:20PM (#38160630) Homepage

    You can't compare a 10" high-end tablet to a 7" budget tablet or e-reader, they're not the same class of device.

    Oh, I think I can. Here, I'll do it. I'll compare the iPad 2 to the Nook Tablet.

    Each is better in some ways than the other. iPad 2 has cameras and a larger screen; Nook Tablet is a convenient size for carrying, is lighter (400 grams vs. 601 grams!), and has longer battery life. Both have great screens. Both have a web browser. iPad 2 has more apps, but Nook Tablet has the apps I really care about; in particular, it has Netflix pre-loaded. Both have a 1 GHz dual-core ARM processor. The Nook Tablet has 1GB of RAM, twice as much as iPad 2, and has a claimed 11.5 hour battery life vs. iPad 2's claimed 10 hour battery life.

    And Nook Tablet is literally half the price of iPad 2.

    So I bought a Nook Tablet and I haven't bought an iPad.

    P.S. I also have a Nook Color and I plan to root it and install CyanogenMod. It turns out that the Nook Color actually has Bluetooth hardware that was not enabled by the Nook software stack, so a rooted Nook Color makes a rather nifty little tablet.

    If a bunch of Nook Color owners run out and buy a Nook Tablet, now might be a good time to pick up a used Nook Color for cheap. If you can get a new one for $200 you ought to be able to get a used one for around $100 or so. A used iPad 2 will be much more expensive than that.

    I am hoping that the Nook Tablet also has hidden Bluetooth hardware, but I have not yet seen this confirmed or disproved.

    steveha

  • by NormalVisual (565491) on Thursday November 24, 2011 @10:46PM (#38162730)
    How in the fuck were the Apple II or the original Mac "leaps forward" of the competition?

    Apple II: For one, it came fully assembled with a keyboard, power supply, high-res color graphics, NTSC video output, and a case. Not much else in mid-1977 could make that claim.

    Mac: At the time, it was the only usable GUI-based machine available at a reasonable price, and being 68000-based, it had quite a bit more CPU horsepower at its disposal than most other machines, had an 8-bit DAC as standard equipment, onboard SCSI, etc. The Lisa had been out for a short while with a similar feature set, but Apple had priced it outside the reach of most people. IBM's XT couldn't touch it performance-wise, and while IBM had introduced their AT around the same time, it was quite some time before any software could actually take advantage of the 80286 processor to do anything particularly interesting.

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