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Amazon on Friday sent out invitations to members of the press for a media event scheduled for next Wednesday, Sept. 28, where the retailer is expected to debut a new touchscreen tablet that aims to compete with Apple's iPad.

The invitation-only event will be held next week, though the notices sent to members of the press gave no indication as to what the event will entail. It simply reads, "Please join us for an Amazon.com press conference."

The media briefing is scheduled to take place next Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. Eastern, and the event is widely expected to be the unveiling of a new Amazon-branded touchscreen tablet with a color LCD screen.

Though the device has not been officially confirmed, TechCrunch had a hands on review of the hardware earlier this month. They revealed the device will cost $250 and sport a 7-inch color touchscreen while running a customized build of the Google Android mobile operating system.

"The interface is all Amazon and Kindle," MG Siegler wrote. "Its 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. Below the main carousel is a dock to pin your favorite items in one easy-to-access place. When you turn the device horizontally, the dock disappears below the fold."



The new Kindle will allegedly be priced the same as the Barnes & Noble Nook, a touchscreen tablet that also has a color screen, but focuses largely on reading content as opposed to Apple's plethora of more than 100,000 options on the iPad App Store. Apple does sell its own e-books for the iPad with the iBookstore.

Though the first tablet from Amazon is expected to be 7-inches, the company is reportedly also working on a 10-inch version that could arrive in early 2012. The iPad has a screen size of 9.7 inches, and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has slammed competitors who make 7-inch tablets, saying that screen size is too small for the average user's fingertips.
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It's not the same thing without "and one more thing..."

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"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. Below the main carousel is a dock to pin your favorite items in one easy-to-access place"

At least they choose a different Apple product to copy....
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you can compare specs all you want but the kindle to ipad ratio in NYC is like 100 to 1 from what i see

rarely do i see an android tablet
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So do we expect Apple to have an event next Tuesday or are we expecting the event to be on October 4th with an announcement next week?
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you can compare specs all you want but the kindle to ipad ratio in NYC is like 100 to 1 from what i see

rarely do i see an android tablet

You see 100 Kindles before you see a single iPad? That seems like a wild exaggeration. I bet I see an Android tablet before I see 100 iPads simply from being in electronic stores.
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I don't know about this tablet, seems like Amazon may be making a mistake.

The one strength that the Kindle had was the e-ink screen which let people read books outside or anywhere really. And now they're coming out with this small 7" tablet instead with a LCD screen running skinned Android ? The screen is not even IPS like the iPad? Probably not, considering the price of the tablet.

It may be a competitor to the Nook, but no fucking way is this thing even in the same league as an iPad.

If somebody's really poor, I can see them getting this maybe.
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You see 100 Kindles before you see a single iPad? That seems like a wild exaggeration. I bet I see an Android tablet before I see 100 iPads simply from being in electronic stores.

Plenty of people have iPads in New York, but I think that there's a much greater chance that somebody is going to pull out their Kindle on the subway before somebody pulls out an iPad.
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Plenty of people have iPads in New York, but I think that there's a much greater chance that somebody is going to pull out their Kindle on the subway before somebody pulls out an iPad.

I wouldn't pull out my iphone or ipad on any subway in this country. L.A. or New York
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I don't know about this tablet, seems like Amazon may be making a mistake.

The one strength that the Kindle had was the e-ink screen which let people read books outside or anywhere really. And now they're coming out with this small 7" tablet instead with a LCD screen running skinned Android ? The screen is not even IPS like the iPad? Probably not, considering the price of the tablet.

It may be a competitor to the Nook, but no fucking way is this thing even in the same league as an iPad.

If somebody's really poor, I can see them getting this maybe.

1) Amazon adding a proper multimedia tablet to their HW lineup DOES NOT MEAN they will be dropping their eInk-based eReader from their lineup.

2) At the reported price-point they don't have to match or beat Apple's HW features; hey simply have to appeal to a certain type of customer.

3) With their ecosystem they have a much better chance at 1) appealing to those that don't want the iPad/Apple product, 2) don't want a $500+ tablet, 3) want a tablet that is more than eReader but not quite the "PC" replacement that Apple and others are trying to achieve.

4) IPS has been out long enough that I think a $250 device with a 7" display might be a achievable, especially with Amazon willing to make it the razor (handle) for its (razor) blades ecosystem. Also, what about Pixel Qi's hybrid eInk and LCD technology?
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Betting Apple will do it's event either next thursday or friday. Why? To blunt any press growth on the kindle.

Apple's announcements will smash Amazon's to pieces. Poof. Pulverized. Eliminated. Nuked. Dismembered. Blown to bits. Vaporized. anyone care to add.... jump on
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Plenty of people have iPads in New York, but I think that there's a much greater chance that somebody is going to pull out their Kindle on the subway before somebody pulls out an iPad.

I would argue there's a much greater chance that somebody is going to pull out a less expensive handheld electronic device over a more expensive handheld device when on inter-city public transportation for obvious reasons.
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I wouldn't pull out my iphone or ipad on any subway in this country. L.A. or New York

I use my iPad in airports or on flights, but no way would I pull it out of my bag and use it on a NYC subway, especially at certain times of the day.

If I had a non-iPad tablet, I would probably have no problem with using that since they're basically worthless and can be had for cheap in firesales and discounts online. Homeless people sleeping in subway cars probably have Touchpads.

Pulling out an iPad is the same thing as waving at least 5 large bills in the air. Who wants to be on a subway waving hundreds of dollars of cash around with a bunch of strangers eying you?
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I would argue there's a much greater chance that somebody is going to pull out a less expensive handheld electronic device over a more expensive handheld device when on inter-city public transportation for obvious reasons.

Oh man, I was a tourist in NYC this summer and had an iPhone (complete with wife's pink bumper) flailing for all to see on the subway like all the time.

Did I narrowly escape death?

Or does Manhattan not count?
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I would argue there's a much greater chance that somebody is going to pull out a less expensive handheld electronic device over a more expensive handheld device when on inter-city public transportation for obvious reasons.

Yes, precisely. That's the same point that I was making. I sometimes have my iPad with me in my bag, but you're not going to see me using it on a train or walking around on the street with it like a retard.
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Oh man, I was a tourist in NYC this summer and had an iPhone (complete with wife's pink bumper) flailing for all to see on the subway like all the time.

Did I narrowly escape death?

Or does Manhattan not count?

I think the overall chances are slim, but that's not the point. Odds for theft are greater for a higher valued item than a less valued item*.


* Of a similar size, because obviously an item that is harder to transport will affect its value at an opportune moment.
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Oh man, I was a tourist in NYC this summer and had an iPhone (complete with wife's pink bumper) flailing for all to see on the subway like all the time.

Did I narrowly escape death?

Or does Manhattan not count?

Weve been seeing an incredible trend of young people snatching these cellphones, NYPD transit chief Raymond Diaz told the WSJ, adding that thefts are more common during the evening rush hour. He even names Manhattans Lexington Avenue lines, Brooklyns J and Lo trains, and Queens M, R and 7 lines as being hot spots for smartphone theft. The report adds that New Yorks commuter rail lines have also seen a small rise in smartphone thefts.

http://www.tuaw.com/2011/04/22/subwa...iphone-thefts/
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Yes, precisely. That's the same point that I was making. I sometimes have my iPad with me in my bag, but you're not going to see me using it on a train or walking around on the street with it like a retard.

Gotcha. We are on the same page.
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Oh man, I was a tourist in NYC this summer and had an iPhone (complete with wife's pink bumper) flailing for all to see on the subway like all the time.

Did I narrowly escape death?

Or does Manhattan not count?

To sum it up carefully -- Here in Los Angeles there are crews that carry guns that search the streets for people displaying an Iphone - in other words - they commit armed robberies to your apple device. Think I'm kidding? Trust me I know.
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A number two emerges in the market. Big deal. I'm more excited about the Ivy Bridge Macbook Air than some toy.
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A number two emerges in the market. Big deal. I'm more excited about the Ivy Bridge Macbook Air than some toy.

Didn't you get the memo: all Apple products are toys¡
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I wouldn't pull out my iphone or ipad on any subway in this country. L.A. or New York

People pull out their Android tablets all the time on subways around the country... hoping that someone will take them.
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People pull out their Android tablets all the time on subways around the country... hoping that someone will take them.

There has to be a jailbreak joke in there somewhere.
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Could be interesting, but I'm really looking forward to the first company that uses some of the more exotic color e-ink displays that are on the horizon.

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who's software are they using, it is some home grown code. I guess the only way you get content on it is form downloading it from Amazon. I have lots of content already on my computer can it be easily upload to the device... Guess we will all find out next week.
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To sum it up carefully -- Here in Los Angeles there are crews that carry guns that search the streets for people displaying an Iphone - in other words - they commit armed robberies to your apple device. Think I'm kidding? Trust me I know.

Wow, and I thought Chicago was a third world country, I guess its much worse in LA. I have had an attempted robbery on a CTA, where someone punched my in the face and tried to steal the iphone, but could not get it out of my hands quickly enough before doors closed.

Never been assaulted with a gun though.

PS I thought new york was the safest city in America according to crime stats. I don't think I'll go there any time soon cause I have bad memories of NY while immigrating to US, but I thought it was better crime wise.
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I probably shouldn't expect more at this point, but really, not everything has to be an iProduct competitor as they always seem in AI headlines. Just like the Nook Colour, this thing will be more aimed at e-books than other tablet stuff, although I'm sure jailbreaks will be swift in coming.
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who's software are they using, it is some home grown code.

They're using their own fork of Android. 2.x, I think.
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"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. Below the main carousel is a dock to pin your favorite items in one easy-to-access place"

At least they choose a different Apple product to copy....

Did Apple invent Cover Flow? Eh ... nope.
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Think I'm kidding? Trust me I know.

Well, if that's not a winning argument ...
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Well, this thread switched from Amazon to iPhone robbery mighty fast. Amazon would not be happy about this.
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Amazon claims the Kindle is selling a lot, how come they never release numbers?

When Apple TV wasn't selling much, Apple did not release sales numbers, could it be the same for the Kindle?
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I wouldn't pull out my iphone or ipad on any subway in this country. L.A. or New York

Who even uses the LA subway?
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Amazon are one of the few that have enough of an ecosystem to pull off something approximating the iPad/iTunes experience. I thought coverflow was a patented interface element though. I distinctly remember Apple buying out the developer before they integrated it into iTunes.
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Wow, and I thought Chicago was a third world country, I guess its much worse in LA. I have had an attempted robbery on a CTA, where someone punched my in the face and tried to steal the iphone, but could not get it out of my hands quickly enough before doors closed.

Never been assaulted with a gun though.

PS I thought new york was the safest city in America according to crime stats. I don't think I'll go there any time soon cause I have bad memories of NY while immigrating to US, but I thought it was better crime wise.

Riiight..... not sure what part of LA we're talking about here. That would have to be a pretty bad area, in which case why would he even be there?
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A number two emerges in the market. Big deal. I'm more excited about the Ivy Bridge Macbook Air than some toy.

I thought the latest version MBA was pretty kick arse, if ivy bridge version comes out... from what I reading, they will be real 'WOW'-sers
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Did Apple invent Cover Flow? Eh ... nope.

So? They purchased it from the original developer. Apple are the ones who saw the potential, paid up fair and square, and have broadly implemented the concept throughout their software. It's an Apple product. Anyone at this point implementing a coverflow style scheme can reasonably be described as "copying Apple."
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I don't know about this tablet, seems like Amazon may be making a mistake.

The one strength that the Kindle had was the e-ink screen which let people read books outside or anywhere really. And now they're coming out with this small 7" tablet instead with a LCD screen running skinned Android ? The screen is not even IPS like the iPad? Probably not, considering the price of the tablet.

It may be a competitor to the Nook, but no fucking way is this thing even in the same league as an iPad.

If somebody's really poor, I can see them getting this maybe.

Wouldn't it he better to buy an iPad and run the free Kindle app on it? Bigger screen, bigger ecosystem, more apps? I mean, if Kindle tablet wants to give up the advantages of eInk displays...why not just get an iPad?

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4) IPS has been out long enough that I think a $250 device with a 7" display might be a achievable, especially with Amazon willing to make it the razor (handle) for its (razor) blades ecosystem. Also, what about Pixel Qi's hybrid eInk and LCD technology?

The Nook Color has an IPS screen. It's fairly nice...I'd be surprised if the Kindle doesn't. Siegler didn't mention one way or another.
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Wouldn't it he better to buy an iPad and run the free Kindle app on it? Bigger screen, bigger ecosystem, more apps? I mean, if Kindle tablet wants to give up the advantages of eInk displays...why not just get an iPad?

Cost and size. As an ebook reader and movie pad 7" is just fine. There's actually little size difference between my Nook Color and my iPad for movies. Yes, a bit but not as much as you'd think. It's 1024x600.

Given the free streaming movies and the Kindle advantage it should replace the Nook Color as the best under $300 tablet even if it can't be easily rooted. Amazon will probably have a all the apps they want on launch day tailored for their tablet along with an exclusive or two.
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