MG Siegler is a joker, Apple fanboy, who doesn't know what he is talking about. He may have seen one of 15 test devices that Amazon may have been experimenting with. It's easy for contractors to leak a failed device and make a joke of a reporter like MG Siegler believe this is the thing. Just wait for the Amazon event to figure out what they are going to do.
No doubt the G9 tabs are better overall value for folks that want their media WITH them, rather via some lame storage cloud. That said, Amazon will have huge volume out in November. Will Archos get product out in volume this year, or follow the sporadic channel shipments of last year? The inability to get product out cost Archos shelf space in Best Buy and Walmart for the big selling season.
Seems Archos should have focused on the 4430 SoC and put 1gb ram in the higher end models, rather than 512mb ram for all and 1.5ghz SoC in higher end models. Archos is making it unnecessarily hard on themselves to get their full G9 portfolio out in time to make a difference this season. Case in point Archos has already had to make changes and also push dates out for 1.5ghz.
Very true about the Apple love they have and the desire to create the same ecosystem with Amazon, as iTunes has. Big reason why only small flash storage and no sd card slot. Not to mention no Google market. Amazon is counting on a LOT of people using their B rate iTunes effort.