September 30, 2014

Amazon Kindle Tablet Gets Handled and Detailed

Details for the long-awaited Amazon tablet emerged late last week, giving us our best, most descriptive features and expectations to date.  TechCrunch blogger MG Siegler was able to spend time with the device and has provided a very thorough walkthrough of the tablet, which sounds like a serious winner.  We’ll not break out every bit of detail of the unit and the user experience, deferring that to the source.  We will, however, pull out a few noteworthy items that we figured you’d be most interested in.

  • The tablet will feature a 7-inch display and will be called the “Amazon Kindle”.
  • It runs Android but there’s no sign of anything Google.  No Android Market, no Maps, no Gmail.
  • Form factor closely resembles the BlackBerry PlayBook.
  • This will be the first Kindle with a full-color, back-lit display.
  • Amazon is targeting the end of November for this tablet with a second, 10-inch model for Q1 or Q2 of 2012.
  • The 7-inch Kindle tablet should run $250, same price as NOOK Color.
  • The user interface is “black, dark blue, and a bunch of orange”.  Look at the splash screen for Amazon Kindle app and you’ll see.
  • The tablet features a number of Amazon services (Cloud Player, Kindle app, Instant Video, Amazon Appstore for Android, etc)
  • There is no camera and the device lacks physical buttons.

That’s all we’ll share at this point, referring you to MG’s post for the rest.  There’s a great bit of detail on the user experience and the navigation which sound pretty darn enticing.

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