Apple has had the tablet computer market almost to itself. All the sales of all the competing tablets combined only add up to a fraction of the sales of the Apple iPad. At $500 or more per unit, the iPad is expensive but has still been (by far) the best-selling tablet computer in the world. Until now.
Amazon announced a 7-inch Kindle Fire yesterday. That's a smaller screen than the 10-inch iPad and many of the reviews in the press are saying the small size is a mistake. I disagree. To me, the 7-inch screen is much more practical than the larger iPad screen. I have a Barnes & Noble Nook with a 7-inch screen and love it. It is much better than the Apple iPad at slipping into an overcoat pocket or a lady's purse. In short, the smaller screen devices are much more practical to take with you.
However, the shocking news is the price: the new Kindle Fire will go on sale November 15 for $199. That's right, less than half the price of the iPad. To be sure, it only has 8 gigabytes of storage and it doesn't have a camera or a microphone, but that's a killer price. (Did you ever try to take a picture with an iPad 2? It's awkward to use.)