Amazon's Android Tablet to Cost Hundreds Less Than the iPad: Report
It wasn't until the price of HP's TouchPad was dropped from $399 for 16GB (it began life at $499) to $99 that the webOS tablet became popular. Of course, HP only lowered the price to that extent because it had pulled the plug on webOS hardware development, not because it wanted to sell the tablet at that price.
In fact, HP was losing a lot of money on those tablets. A teardown analysis conducted last month by the research firm iSuppli showed that a 16GB TouchPad cost $306.65 to build, while the 32GB version cost $328.65.
As well, it's possible that Amazon is more interested in making money with "consumables." Just as with printers, where the real money is in paper, ink, and toner, Amazon may consider e-books and apps to be where it makes the money.
Amazon.com opened up its own Android Market, the Amazon Appstore, earlier this year, but unlike the Android Market, users have to use the "sideload" capability most Android devices have to install a "non-Market" build.