Friday, September 2, 2011

Amazon Tablet Coming in November

TechCrunch has provided some information on the highly anticipated Amazon tablet.  MG Siegler of TechCrunch has claimed to actually use the device.  From what he is stating, it will be considered an Amazon Kindle.  However, it will closely compete against Barnes & Noble's Nook Color.  So what does this tablet offer?  Read below.

   It will have a 7" capacitive color screen running a variation of Android.  The tablet will seem to offer 1+1 mutitouch rather than true multitouch (more than 3 points).  The device is scheduled to be release at the end of November in time for the important holiday season.  The 10" Kindle should launch sometime in the first quarter of 2012 assuming the 7" does well.  The price point is squarely aimed at the Nook Color: $250.  In addition, there are no physical buttons.  Navigation appears to be a la HoneyComb with a pop up navigation menu.

    Like the Nook Color, the UI is highly customized by Amazon with the Amazon content deeply integrated in the device.  Because of this, do not expect Google apps nor HoneyComb nor Ice Cream Sandwich.  The base Android OS appears to be pre-2.2 according to MG.  He describes the UI as "a carousel that looks like Cover Flow in iTunes which displays all the content you have on the device."  There is also a dock below this "carousel" where you can pick your favorite apps.

   It should be an interesting fourth quarter as Digitimes has indicated that its Nook Color 2 will be ready later this month.  Are you looking to buy a Nook Color 2 or the Amazon Color Kindle?


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