Regarding ecosystems... (Amazon vs Google)


  1. LowLevel0wl

    LowLevel0wl New Member

    Hello Everyone! First of all, thanks for taking the time to read my question. Pretty soon, I'll be buying a tablet. I know this tablet will be my media/entertainment machine (ie. Books, movies, TV shows, music to some extent). I'm having trouble picking a tablet, however, I have it narrowed down to two which I'll get to because I have an even bigger question.

    That question is about ecosystems. I've been reading all about the Apple/Amazon/Google/Microsoft ecosystems and how they work and each strength/weakness each have. Before I ask the question, let me give an attempt at a short back story. I was an Apple fan (and still am in many respects) for a few years. I owned 3 different iPhones, an iPad and a Macbook Pro, and for the past two years I've been telling myself "I'm ready to start collecting digital media, I want to build a digital music/movie/tvshow/book collection." I never really started that collection, which is weird, because Apple offers so much and it was all in one place which is exactly what I prefer, everything in one place.

    Well, in the last year, I grew out of Apple personally. Nothing against Apple or its fans, its a fantastic platform, but I never really messed with Android, but once I did, I was sold. So I thought, "with my documents, pictures and all personal files on Google, and my new love of Android, I'm going to buy into this because I like what I see and like what Google has to offer." So now I am a proud owner of a Nexus 4 and a Chromebook. And just recently my son wanted to watch a movie on our Google TV but it wasn't on Netflix so I went to purchase it digitally. But then I thought "from where? Amazon? I have a lot of TV shows there, maybe I should start my collection there." And then I thought "but I have Google products, maybe its best to stick with the Play Store so I have consistent access."

    I know the Google Play store is behind the curve a bit (but I assume they'll catch up, right?), and I know Amazon has a massive selection, but Amazon Instant Video isn't available for the Android phones/tablets, and I don't know if Amazon is going to limit their apps for the Google devices in the future. So this brings me to my question...

    I am currently deciding between a Nexus tablet or a Kindle Fire HD solely based on the ecosystem that I buy into in regards to movies, music, TV shows, books etc... I want to buy into the Google Play store, but should I be worried about its lack of content? Or should I live without the Amazon Instant Video app and the blurry future of Amazon and its compatibility with Google products and buy into Amazon? Is Google Play worth starting my collection in? Thanks for any and all input!
    -michael

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  2. Davdi

    Davdi Well-Known Member Contributor

    That depends entirely on what movies/TV shows you want. There's enough in Google Play store for my wants, and for music, I've got stuff on Amazon MP3 and Google Music (Most on Google).
  3. LowLevel0wl

    LowLevel0wl New Member

    Thanks for the reply! Well, I suppose some would call severe OCD on my part, but I justify my want for all of my media to be in one place as consistency and convenience. I want an ecosystem that has a lot to offer both digital media wise, and products wise. I suppose the best route to go based on my current products and my constant use of Google would to stick with Google's digital media and their Play Store, but do you believe there are drawbacks to pigeon-holing yourself into one ecosystem/company that holds all of your entertainment, media, and personal files? Is diversifying and, say, creating a digital media collection within a separate ecosystem, like Amazon, a good idea despite having, almost exclusively, Google products and all personal files/folders/non-entertainment usage within the world of Google?
  4. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    well the good thing is that what is available in amazon will be available on google's os.........meaning that you can get both amazon's app store as well as the amazon kindle app. as far as streaming movies you can use the browser on your device to stream it that way if you like. i use google play movies for most of my digital content. but i buy kindle books on to read on my asus transformer infinity tablet as well. so to me the amazon ecosystem can co-exist with google's.

    and to be honest both tablets are really good. but i like the nexus because of the extra camera not that i really take pics on my tablet. but it can come in handy if you want to take pics at moments notice.
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