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Initial post: Dec 17, 2013 6:39:57 PM PST
Alan says:
I don't think i'm the only one who would like to see a new handheld media device that can compete with the Apple iPod Touch. More specifically, a touch screen device meant for multimedia only, and not a smartphone. It would have to have comparable qualities to an iPod Touch but significantly cheaper, a smooth OS specific for a smaller screen that is different from the Fire's OS (handheld devices shouldn't have the same OS as tablets because the different screen size makes maneuvering much different, something Apple hasn't done), and not run by Apple's restricting grasp. Please post your thoughts and ideas on what would make a great new product only Amazon could pull off.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 6:43:39 PM PST
The Artist says:
I don't want a smaller screen. 7" is small enough. Why would I want to watch a video or play a game on a smaller screen? I have an MP3 player for music. I have e-ink Kindles for reading. I'm happy.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2013 6:43:48 PM PST
A. Dietz says:
I'm trying to reduce the number of specialized devices I carry around and would have no interest whatsoever in this. My smartphone does all of the above and makes phone calls, why would I want another device?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2013 6:46:32 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Oh, no thank you.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 6:47:56 PM PST
Alan says:
There are still a lot of people who don't have smart phones, including myself. I don't wanna spend $300 for a new Ipod touch with 32 Gb of storage, because mine is giving out cause i can't update my old ipod touch, too old

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2013 6:52:19 PM PST
K. Rowley says:
I recently purchased a gently used iPod touch (4th gen, 32gb) from the Amazon Warehouse for around $100.. Not really sure what a 5th gen model can do that mine can't.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 6:59:39 PM PST
Alan says:
I have a 4th generation, and apps are beginning to fail and just crash every time, its getting waaaaaaaay slower, and Apple keeps making it harder to use because if you don't update to the new OS some apps no longer work, even though they claim they should. So Apple is really pushing into the new model and OS whether people want to or not, and I don't like the new OS. I bought my Ipod used which was a great idea, back when it was newish and expensive. And Apple is also very restrictive so i'd like to use amazon instead of them

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2013 7:03:02 PM PST
Sarida says:
It's interesting that the iPod is considered to be the entry and comeback for Apple products.

But even Apple is now pulling back production of the iPod. Kids used to get the Touch for gifts, but now they just get phones. I know kids as young as 2nd grade who have a phone that can be used for video and music.

On the Apple web site there is a place you can purchase a refurb iPod touch - same warranty as new. It's a small savings, but a savings. Also, look for last minute Christmas ads. AND check out Facebook electronic group sales pages from your area. My son sold an iPhone 3 for $100 and the people were going to use it as an iPod. Granted the 4 only maxes at 32gb, but if you could find a 4S and use it for an iPod only, you could save some money and have Siri.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 7:14:03 PM PST
Alan says:
I think you're missing the point. I don't want an iPod. I want something different and new, and I like Amazon's products. They're inexpensive and work well. I want something that stands out and beats the iPod touch in sound quality both by headphone capability and speaker capability. I can't afford any smartphone because monthly payments for those things are too expensive, and not that worth it in my opinion. So i wanna see something new and exciting (and inexpensive) from Amazon. There is still a market for handhelds that aren't phones and I think Amazon should try to jump on it, even though its smaller, well much smaller, than the phone market. They'd basically monopolize it. And if its significantly cheaper than a phone with a data plan, people might think twice before getting 2nd graders a smart phone for music and video

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2013 7:17:04 PM PST
Loz says:
So you want something better than an iPod touch, but at a cheaper price? Is that the crux of it?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2013 7:18:45 PM PST
Sarida says:
Okay.

Sorry I wasn't helpful.

However, I'm curious...since no such device exists nor are there any rumors that any such device will exist, what will you do?

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 7:20:05 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 17, 2013 7:22:10 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 17, 2013 7:29:27 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2013 8:30:58 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Just buy a cheap Android prepaid phone. You don't have to activate it. That is all I have and it works great.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2013 8:51:22 PM PST
The Artist says:
You're missing our point. WE don't want it. Personally, I couldn't care less about you expecting Amazon to create a device to meet your personal wants and needs. I'm sure they've done market research and come to the conclusion that it's not a good product for them to offer.

Even though YOU want it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2013 9:09:14 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
He also wants a new OS as well. So that means trying to get app makers to make apps for yet another platform. Sorry, this isn't going to happen.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 9:32:32 PM PST
Old Rocker says:
Like a Zune?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2013 3:30:50 AM PST
K. Rowley says:
"And if its significantly cheaper than a phone with a data plan, people might think twice before getting 2nd graders a smart phone for music and video"

I know a lot of kids who have one of these for music/video/games.. And its just under $100

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2013 3:52:32 AM PST
Perhaps there's a reason why they *haven't* jumped on that market segment - because it's not lucrative enough to be worth it?

Why not just get something like this:
LG 840G Prepaid Phone With Triple Minutes (Tracfone) ($31.99)
or this:
Samsung Galaxy Centura Android Prepaid Phone (Net10) ($49.99 at the moment)

You don't have to activate the phone connection.

Seriously, how do you expect Amazon to beat that kind of price while developing a dedicated not-phone just to your specifications?

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 4:20:07 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2013 4:22:35 AM PST
T. Cook says:
I already have a handheld ereader. My Palm Tungsten (T2 I think).

If you're into electronics, here are smaller eInk screens to create your own ereader with:
http://www.digikey.ca/product-search/en?FV=fff40008,fff80276,fffc05ac&chp=0

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2013 4:27:27 AM PST
K. Rowley says:
"I already have a handheld ereader. My Palm Tungsten (T2 I think)."

I still have my tungsten e2 PDA.. At the time it was great. It had business functions, but you could also play mp3s, watch movies, and play games. Plus, read ebooks.

Palm Tungsten E2 Handheld

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2013 4:33:15 AM PST
T. Cook says:
"82 used starting at $3.00"... Hmmmm.... :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2013 5:38:06 AM PST
Tell ya what, Alan, if you think this is such a great opportunity, you develop it.
(Watch out for patent infringement)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2013 5:41:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2013 5:43:15 AM PST
"I don't think i'm the only one..."

Perhaps not, but I'm in a different camp. Sorry. Not interested.

ETA: That is not to say that there are ZERO people interested; maybe they are out there. But I'm not sure you're going to find them HERE.
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