It’s interesting time, and consumers seem to be the winner. The phenomenon is that e-readers are trying to add internet features to their gadgets, while Android tablets are trying to cannablize e-reader’s market shares with price slashing! Two Android tablets in Canada are selling for $150: Samsung 7″ Galaxy 2 and Lenovo 7″ Ideapa  A1. Both are running Android 4.0 ice-cream sandwich ( you can check their specs either at futureshop.ca or bestbuy.ca, but I think they are comparable). Nexus 7 is still selling at $270 with faster processor, better screen and latest 4.2 Jelly Bean. Kobo in Canada is coming out with Arc at $200!!! I think it is like the Nook of Barnes and Noble. I mean, these e-readers are using the same Linux base program as their OS, so why buying an e-reader now especially the obvious value-for-money is the 7″ Android tablet at this point, that has downloadable apps like Kindle,  and Overdrive for ebooks purchasing and borrowing, respectively. True, e-readers are still thinner and lighter and less clunky to take out and read in the subway, but at $149, they might even push handheld gaming devices at the edge of obsolescent?! I doubt Apple will slash its iPad Mini‘s price by $100, hence, I purposely leave it out of the equation. So let the war begins, and we will see if e-readers stand a chance?! and same for games handhelds…

Cheers.

P.S. remember Netbook as a category?!

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