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Amazon transforms Kindle reader into an iPad killer

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Sept. 8, 2011, 11:41 p.m. | Business — by Kyiv Post
Since Apple unveiled the iPad in January 2010 almost every competitor tried to launch its own tablet PC. Only Samsung has thus far managed to produce a decent rival. But, global online retail giant Amazon is now in the mix.

Last week MG Siegler, a member of the famous TechCrunch blog, reported that he had seen the prototype with his own eyes. According to Siegler, Amazon opted to use the power of its popular pocketbook brand.

Kindle pocketbooks have become an industry standard. Amazon hopes to repeat this success on the tablet market with a 7-inch touch screen running Google’s Android operating system. The Kindle tablet will hit the market in November.

It will be significantly cheaper than iPad, Siegler claims. His sources confirmed that Kindle tablet will cost only around $250.

The bad news for Ukraine? As usual, we won’t see official tablet sales here. If you want one soon and at an affordable price, buy it abroad.
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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2011, 1:51 a.m.    

"Amazon hopes to repeat this success on the tablet market with a 7-inch touch screen running Google’s Android operating system."

Big mistake.

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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2011, 6:38 a.m.    

Nook Color Android-based tablet/eReader from Barnes &amp; Noble has been on the market for over a year and sold millions of units at $250. Gives Flash, apps, videos, color magazines and ebooks with video inserts, and the best anti-glare coated screen on the market. Technology &quot;leader&quot; Amazon is finally catching up with the book store company by copying their device.

Kindle only supports eBooks in its proprietary AZW format. Nook, on the other hand, supports both DRM-protected and DRM-free ebooks in ePub format thus it supports ebooks from B&amp;N store, from any other DRM-free source on the web, and from public libraries.

If you walk in with the Nook to Barnes &amp; Noble store, you’re allowed to read any available eBook for free while in the store via free provided in the store Wi-Fi.

Nook Color has several apps that already come with the device (Pandora Internet radio, QuickOffice, etc.) and hundreds of other apps are available for download. Also, you can use the Social Settings screen to link your NOOK Color to your Facebook account and your Twitter account. You can also import all your contacts from your Google Gmail account. Once you have linked to Facebook and Twitter and set up email contacts, you can lend and borrow books, recommend books, and share favorite quotes with your friends.

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