When Barnes & Noble announced the Nook Tablet this week, it made sure to let the public know it’s more than a colorized e-reader. Apps such as Netflix, Pandora and Hulu will be available on the Nook Tablet to make up B&N not selling movies and music itself. Amazon on the other hand has its own MP3 and video store. The impression is if you get a Kindle Fire, you’ll be forced to go through Amazon if you want the best media content. Well that’s not the case. Just like the Nook Tablet, the Kindle Fire will fully support third-party apps that don’t require tapping in to your Amazon account.
Amazon made this clear today in a press release. The Kindle Fire will have access to Netflix, Rhapsody, Twitter, Facebook and games from big publishers. Amazon also stressed that all of the apps downloaded to the Kindle Fire are backed up to Amazon’s cloud.
I still think Amazon is at a disadvantage with the lack of storage the Kindle Fire has. 6GB is very small, and some customers may not want to rely on Wi-Fi to access the bulk of their media content and apps.
Make no mistake, the Kindle Fire is a gateway to purchasing more stuff from Amazon. That’s part of the reason why it’s so cheap. Still, it’s a good idea for Amazon to let everyone know they don’t necessarily have to commit to all of Amazon’s services.
This is something to keep in mind when you’re trying to decide whether to buy a Nook Tablet or Kindle Fire.