Amazon’s Tablet Revealed?
By Will765 On 6 Sep, 2011 At 11:54 AM | Categorized As News | With 4 Comments

Techcrunch is reporting they have spent time with a preproduction unit of Amazon’s upcoming tablet, and frankly it’s not impressive. The tablet, a 7″ Amazon Kindle, is expected to go on sale in November. The price, at $250, is on par with what a Nook Color costs. And that’s about where the device is targeted-not a real tablet, but an ereader.  The screen, which some some thought would be EInk, is not.

The device has no physical buttons.  The operating system is android, but reportedly it is based on a version older than 2.2.  Why Amazon would choose to use such an outdated OS is a good question,  but possibly it was easier to customize.  And according to reports, it doesn’t look much like an android tablet.  The homescreen has a carousel with music, books, apps, etc. available by clicking on them.  Of course, it is all Amazon services.  No android market, just the Amazon App Store.  There is a notification bar, and tapping on the screen brings up a navigation menu.

As for hardware, it seems the new tablet is nothing groundbreaking.  Apparently it will run on a single-core processor, although the 10″ model, expected in 2012, will have a dual-core.  Internal storage is 6GB.  This is in keeping with Amazon’s plan to have this be a cloud device.  Whether or not there is even any sd card slot is unknown.  Connectivity is going to be Wfif only, at least for the first models.  While it has no camera, at least it does have a micro-usb port.

So why would you buy this new Kindle?  Well, at least you get a year of Amazon Prime, which gets you free unlimited 2-day shipping, and access to Amazon’s instant video service.  Other than that, it would seem this device is aimed more at competing with the Nook Color, than with the IPad or other android tablets.  The Nook recently passed the Kindle as the best-selling ereader, and Amazon can’t be happy about that.  If you are going to get someone an ereader, this might be the right choice.  But for an android tablet, I believe it falls way short of the mark.

About - Bill Anderson posts under the clever alias will765. Gets to work from a home office for a piano moving company, in glorious Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Pretty new to android, but love technology and have been building my own(and friends)pc's for about 15 years

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  1. i got 4 other pre3.x tablets, and would i buy a new one just to get no google apps, no certification and having to install a custom rom to achieve what is already here on 3.x tablets? nah!..

    this tablet with pre3x is doomed to fail!
    i might be 2% of android users would look at it, but those are the ones with apple ipads as well :)

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