Just before the Labor Day weekend, TechCrunch’s MG Siegler went hands-on with a prototype of the upcoming Amazon Kindle tablet. Siegler writes that the color tablet will feature a deeply branded reboot of the Android OS. Amazon is eyeing a November release, according to the report.
Again, the device is a 7-inch tablet with a capacitive touch screen. It is multi-touch, but from what I saw, I believe the reports that it relies on a two-finger multi-touch (instead of 10-finger, like the iPad uses) are accurate. This will be the first Kindle with a full-color screen. And yes, it is back-lit. There is no e-ink to be found anywhere on this device.
I’m a huge fan of the Kindle for two reasons. The first being that it’s neatly tied to Amazon, allowing me to purchase content and send it directly to the device, or access it through my iPhone or through the new Web-based reader. Second, e-Ink is incredibly readable; It’s far more easy to read for extended lengths than my iPad’s screen. It will be a shame if the Kindle Tablet doesn’t retain that level of readability. Expect leaked images of the prototypes screen at any time.