Tomorrow Amazon will unveil its answer to the iPad, says TechCrunch’s MG Seigler. “On Wednesday morning in New York City, Amazon will unveil the Kindle Fire, which is expected to retail for around $250.
It is designed for two fingers, instead of ten. It is described as “like the BlackBerry Playbook, but not in a good way.”
Here is the critical question for us avid readers: Which e-reader or tablet is the best for reading books?
“So I set out to try them all, reading a chapter on each: the Amazon Kindle, the first- and second-generation Apple iPads, the Barnes & Noble Nook, an iPhone, a Windows Phone, a Google Android phone, a Google Android tablet and a laptop computer. To be fair, I also read a chapter in that old-fashioned form — a crumply old print paperback.”
Currently not much is known about Amazon’s tablet. What is known is that it will feature a 9” – 10” touch-screen, a powerful application processor and will be based on Google Android operating system. It is expected to be released in two months.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the device will be designed by one of the contract manufacturers of electronics, but its successor due in 2012 will be developed by Amazon itself.
Amazon is slated to enter the tablet market with its own Android-based tablet PC as soon as this fall or late summer, reported Digitimes.com. The article reports that Taiwan-based component makers have said the online retail giant is targeting global sales of 4 million units in 2011.