Enterprise Mobility: Amazon's New Tablet Design: 10 Existing Devices That Provide Inspiration

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-09-09 Print this article Print
Apple iPad 2

Apple iPad 2

The iPad 2 must inspire the Amazon tablet. Apples device is the worlds most popular tablet, easily outselling all others. Plus, it comes with an operating system that people love to use. If Amazon isnt examining the iPad 2 and determining what makes it special—the branding, for one—the online retail giant will see its device fail miserably.
Speculation about the features of the upcoming Amazon tablet continues to leak out. The rumors suggest that the device will be priced affordably, run Android and come with the ability for users to both read e-books in color as well as surf the Web, check email and more. Like the Nook Color from Barnes & Noble, the device looks to be a tablet alternative to all those currently on store shelves. For prospective customers and others concerned with Amazon's next move, the question now might relate to what the online retail giant has planned. Amazon has long been known to try out new things and do its best to offer customers what they're looking for. But with a tablet, everything is different. Amazon needs to figure out what works best and it needs to determine how it can succeed where others—like the HP TouchPad tablet—have failed. Luckily for Amazon, it can examine several competing tablets products to help determine what the most desirable features are. From the iPad 2 to the Nook Color, there are several products available now that can inspire Amazon's tablet. Flip through this eWEEK slide show to see what features might work well in the new Amazon tablet.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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