Sep 02 AT 5:21 PM Jess Blanchard 25 Comments

TechCrunch goes hands-on with the Android-powered Amazon Kindle

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The tablets keep on coming. Amazon’s plan for an Android tablet has been the worst kept secret in the mobile world. So, it should come as no surprise that the rumors have now been confirmed; TechCrunch was lucky enough to get some hands-on time with the new Android-powered Kindle.

Reportedly, this tablet features a 7-inch, full-color capacitive touchscreen and is similar in style to the Blackberry PlayBook. Amazon has also opted for a back-lit device, forsaking the e-ink used in previous iterations of the Kindle.

It has been confirmed that the Kindle will be multi-touch–most likely utilizing 2-finger functionality, as opposed to the iPad’s 10-finger multi-touch. And while this device is an Android device, it’s unlike any Android experience yet seen.

The Kindle stays true to the Amazon branding. The UI is reportedly mostly orange with accents of dark blue and black. Content is displayed on the main page in a manner similar to iTunes Cover Flow, with a favorites dock below. The device has no physical buttons; navigation is conducted via on-screen buttons that appear when the user taps the device.

What’s more: If this 7-inch tablet proves a success, Amazon does have plans to release a more expensive 10-incher in Q1 2012.

Unfortunately, TechCrunch was unable to supply any actual photographs of the device (not even a shot courtesy of Mr. BlurryCam). They did, however, give us an estimated launch date of late November, which theoretically gives the Nook 2 ample time to be first-to-market.

How much would you expect to pay for this device? How’s $250 sound? Sounds familiar. That’s because it’s the same price as the Nook 2.

So there we have it, folks. Our e-readers are all grown up into full-fledged tablets. I guess some tough choices will be made this Fall. Where do you guys stand? Leaning toward the Nook 2 or the Kindle? Or is neither one doing it for you?

Source: TechCrunch

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