“In its arsenal, Amazon has its own music, movie, books and related content offerings, which makes it very easy for Amazon to integrate everything into its own customized, service offering,” Tim Bajarin writes for PC Magazine.

“It also has its own Android store. And it even has a cloud-based, storage service, which may be similar to what Apple will offer with its cloud offering sometime this year,” Bajarin writes. “Owning these services and tying them to a solid tablet would be a brilliant move by Amazon, and this is why it’s a no brainer for Amazon to add tablet hardware to its already successful Kindle ebook reader line of products. And if my sources are correct, it could price the 7-inch version around $349 and the 10-inch model around $449, which would be one of the more aggressive tablets on the market.”

MacDailyNews Take: Besides books, every one of Amazon’s services pales significantly in comparison to Apple’s offerings. If you’ve ever purchased an album from Amazon’s MP3 store and waited all day for the whole thing to finally download, you know what we mean. Yes, Amazon has a music, but it cannot compare to iTunes Store. Speaking of iTunes – the app, not the store – where’s Amazon’s media jukebox? Yes, Amazon has a cloud music service. With no music label support. It will look cheap and under-featured next to Apple’s iCloud (or whatever they call it). Imagine a game of chess: Amazon has more pieces than most others, but still not all, and they’re made of cheap plastic. Apple’s got all the pieces – or very soon will with their cloud announcement(s) – and they’re all platinum.

“While this would surely be a competitive offering against Apple’s iPad, I believe Amazon’s move would be aimed more at the other Android competitors instead. In fact, I believe Amazon is smart enough to know that trying to go after Apple, with its huge marketing budget and well-run retail stores, would be folly,” Bajarin writes. “Over the next few weeks, there will be a lot of speculation about an Amazon tablet. You may even hear that it will be an iPad killer, but don’t fall for that malarkey,” Bajarin writes. “Yes, it will be competitive with Apple’s iPad, but I believe Amazon’s real target is not Apple, but the other Android vendors who are going after the market with mostly a hardware play and jerry-rigged service offerings.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The more fake iPads that are released, the more confusion in the marketplace, and the faster your average consumer flocks to iPad. Plus, $450 is a lot to blow on a knockoff when the real deal is right there starting at just $50 more. Outside of tech masochists, why would anyone would waste their cash an iPad knockoff?