From there, Amazon’s team determined they could build a tablet
without the help and experience of Lab 126, so they turned to
Quanta, which helped them “shortcut” the development process by
using the PlayBook as their hardware template. Of course, it’s
never quite that simple, and as I’m told Amazon ran into trouble,
and eventually sacrifices were made (like using a slower
Although Amazon did refresh the ID of their PlayBook derivative,
I’m told that this first tablet of theirs is “supposed to be
pretty poor” and is a “stopgap” in order to get a tablet out the
door for the 2011 holiday season — which doesn’t exactly leave
the best taste in my mouth.
My question, though: if it’s based on or even just very much similar to the BlackBerry PlayBook, why is the Kindle Fire only $199 and the PlayBook started at $499?