By those metrics, Amazon has sold nearly 250,000 Kindle Fires to date. And while competing tablet makers typically brag about units shipped to retailers, Kindle Fire sales are going directly to consumers.
Right away, Amazon got people’s attention with the Kindle Fire’s $199 price — a cheaper debut than any other noteworthy tablet on the market. Amazon also focused on simplicity, rebuilding an early version of Android into an interface that focuses on buying and consuming content from Amazon’s digital stores.
The Kindle Fire’s apparent success proves that consumers have faith in Amazon thanks to its Kindle e-readers — or, they just really like cheap tablets, and are willing to take the gamble without trying one or reading any reviews.
If you’re not one of those people, don’t fear; Best Buy, and Staples plan to sell the Kindle Fire, so you can try before you buy.