It's a cheap entry Into the tablet computer market with a big name backing it ... With hardcore spamertising directed at amazon customers, even me in Oz has accounts and orders fromq two different amazons
Honestly, tablets are too chunky to use as a camera, but they need a front facing one so everyone can video chat, microphone too
The great thing about tablets is the instant-on, and ease of use, something that pc's will continually struggle with.
Methinks amazon didn't want anything controversial, like a struggle with the incumbent telco's marring their first google tablet release.
Maybe the next one will be a real tablet.