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Topic: Amazon Kindle Fire - Colour Kindle Backlit?
Looks like a backlit screen to me - as Destraex comments, this is a step backward as far as a pure e-reader is concerned, but maybe I'm wrong about the backlit thing??
How about this for an idea - a backlit screen on one side & an e-ink screen on the other - sounds like it would cost but I'm guessing 90% of the hardware inside would handle both screens, just leaving the additional screen as the extra cost - now that I'd buy!
[i]I started out with nothing & I've still got most of it.[/i]
yeah, the point of difference with the kindle is the e-ink screen, and unless you've seen a kindle you might not appreciate this (I certainly didn't until I played around with my brother's one)
apparently a lot of work has been done on colour e-ink, but the next step is commercialising it to make it affordable - and this is probably some years away
it will be interesting to see if the tech develops in terms up how quickly it can dynamically update (ie get refresh rates that you get with lcds/leds) - it could be the new display tech of the future and revolutionise things just like lcds have done in the last 10 years and digital cameras a few years before that
as for another tablet/ipad device - meh
right now my smartphone (google nexus s) is about as versitile and powerful as an ipad - and it fits in my pocket
I'm not saying that tablet/ipad tech is a passing fad (it is amazing to see how quickly my 4 year old has picked up the basic navigational stuff on my phone), it is certainly revolutionary and here to stay, and will probably replace traditional laptops - but right now the devices are underpowered and still in their infancy
I suspect that Amazon's plan here is to break into the tablet market with their brand and have it established in time for display technology convergence - e-book readers are profitable right now as niche devices because of their unique display technology, but they will disappear overnight once that technology can be more widely applied
It's an Android OS and has 8GB of internal memory, what makes you think that they wont let you save anything from your own computer? Anyway, with the cloud you can access your data from ANYWHERE without worrying about a limit. Your buddy could upload his music library to your cloud and then you will have instant access to his library. You can upload to the cloud via your PC, the sky's the limit.
I agree that the 8Gb of internall is a turnoff. I also don't like the fact that it doesn't have a mic, that's a stupid design decision. Cameral I can do without. Still, it's a very attractive price considering you can download Android apps.
Its no sale for me. I like the Kindle because it is NOT backlit and it is as easy on my eyes as a regular book. I look at a computer screen all day and I dont want to do it at home. I'll kep the one I have.
"love is preserved by link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails."
What are the advantages over the Barnes and Noble Nook Color? I didn't see any, but I may have missed something.
Nook Color has a backlit color screen and uses a SDcard for additional memory expansion. Right now it works as is just like a android tablet using the stock software. You can root it to make it more customizable. I have been using the stock software for the past year and the only think I would like is a lighter tablet.