Dallas, Texas 11/25/2013 (Financialstrend) – Tablet users who try to upgrade the storage-size on their devices have been finding that it is highly disproportionate to the actual price of hard drives. That is exactly why companies like Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple have been accused of taking advantage of users with reference to storage costs on their tablets. The Apple iPad Mini has a starting price of £399 for 16GB but doubling its storage to 32Gb costs £80. Memory card slots are becoming rare as this is one way that companies can rake in the dollars and consumers are being given a rough-deal.
The lesser evils
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) are not as bad as Apple though. They charge £70 & £40 for this same memory upgrade on their Nexus 10 & Kindle-Fire HDX. However, these markups are also pretty hefty. The other glaring issue is that users tend to buy their devices expecting the advertised amount of space. It’s only later that they find out that half of it is used up by the OS of the device. This is the case with many devices.
The cloud factor
However, with the internet cloud-storage effective option users are increasingly shifting to that for savings. However, permanent access to it is required and users have to pay additionally for a data connected device instead of just Wi-Fi only. In any case, as far as consumers are concerned, it is a catch22 situation and till that time, companies like Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple will make hay while the sun shines.
About the companies
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is an international technology company. its business is mainly focused on key areas, like search, OS, advertising and platforms as well as enterprise & hardware products.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) serves its consumers via its retail websites & focuses on convenience, selection and convenience. It also manufactures & sells Kindle devices.