I have had a few people ask me what I know about the Tablet that Amazon is manufacturing, so TADA here you go. Straight from my tech geek to your awaiting eyes. The dish. Happy Reading!
(P.S. I will have a review up later, and several up next week when I’m not so cracked out on steroids which…are making it VERY hard to focus.) (Ok..for the record, the steroids aren’t illegal. Just thought I should point out that I’m not actually a drug addict.) Cheers!
Amazon Media Event Set for September 28th, Tablet Announcement Expected
Friday September 23, 2011 10:53 am PDT by Eric Slivka
As noted by AllThingsD and This is my next, Amazon has just sent out invitations for a media event scheduled for next Wednesday, September 28th. The invitation is silent on what the topic of the event will be, but the company is widely expected to introduce its own low-cost Android tablet.
Reports from earlier this year indicated that Amazon was planning to launch a 9-inch Android tablet before October, but it appears that Amazon’s first offering may in fact be a 7-inch tablet. TechCrunch‘s MG Siegler spent some hands-on timewith the device, noting that Amazon has basically forked Android to create its own look tightly integrated with Kindle and other Amazon offerings.
Simply put: it looks nothing like the Android you’re used to seeing.
The interface is all Amazon and Kindle. It’s black, dark blue, and a bunch of orange. The main screen is a carousel that looks like Cover Flow in iTunes which displays all the content you have on the device. This includes books, apps, movies, etc.
But the key for Amazon is just how deeply integrated all of their services are. Amazon’s content store is always just one click away. The book reader is a Kindle app (which looks similar to how it does on Android and iOS now). The music player is Amazon’s Cloud Player. The movie player is Amazon’s Instant Video player. The app store is Amazon’s Android Appstore.
Perhaps most notably, Amazon is said to be targeting a $250 price point for the device, half that of Apple’s entry-level iPad.
Numerous iPad competitors have been introduced over the past 12-15 months, with a number of them being hailed as the biggest challenge to Apple’s dominance before failing to gain customer acceptance. But Amazon’s ability to integrate its extensive content offerings with a low-cost tablet device has sparked renewed speculation that Apple may finally face a strong challenge in the tablet market.
2 thoughts on “Amazon Tablet Announcement”
I’m very interested in seeing this new toy. Kindle completely changed how I read and I use an iPad for work so this could be the best of both worlds. I just want something I can read on, write on, and surf the web. It will be interesting to see how it pans out. Like all new toys, I would probably wait for version 2 because they will work the kinks out, first time around 🙂 If you are planning on purchasing one I will be checking in to see what you think of it 🙂
This is just the thing I’m dying to see from Amazon for the last 6 months!I’m a fan of Apple, have been for over 15 years, but their products are super expensive! But I do love Amazon. So if they also come out with two other color options for the tablet, they could sell more then Apple can with their iPads!
It’s always the color options which draws in people to buy something besides content.
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