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Amazon may skimp by using two-finger touch on Android tablet

updated 09:40 pm EDT, Mon July 25, 2011

Amazon tablet may be limited to two-point touch

Amazon's decision to cut costs on its tablet might include the sophistication of the touchscreen. An off-hand industry mention suggested the Android tablet would be using just two-finger multi-touch, not the 10-finger touch of devices like the iPad 2 and other more advanced models. Who the supplier was and the cost of the panel were left out by Digitimes' sources.

Losing the more complex multi-touch could render it incompatible with those few Android apps that might explicitly recognize more than two fingers, such as drawing titles. Apple has taken advantage of having much deeper support by enabling three- and four-finger gestures as well as support for more points in third-party apps.

Details starting to emerge about the tablet suggest that Amazon is deliberately trying to run under iPad pricing as much as possible. Along with a nine-inch screen, it would forgo any cameras. The design may still have a modern, dual-core Tegra 2 processor and a variant of Android 3 or even Ice Cream Sandwich, but it would be targeted almost exclusively at Amazon's own services, such as Instant Video, Kindle books, and the Appstore.

Tips have increasingly pointed to the Amazon slate arriving in October. Whether or not it succeeds is still uncertain since it will have to compete both against high-end tablets like the iPad and Galaxy Tab 10.1 but cheaper models that could be in its price class, like the Acer Iconia Tab A100 and the HTC Flyer.



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  1. Wingsy

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    What's Wrong With This Picture?

    I'm going to assume the picture in the article is from an Amazon ad. But something looks fishy. The iPad is in direct sunlight, as evidenced by the sharply defined shadows cast over it by the Amazon tablet. But look at the Amazon tablet and notice how diffused the shadow cast by the user's thumb is. Not in sunlight, huh? Looks to me like someone at Amazon's ad agency has a copy of Photoshop.

  1. Wingsy

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    And Wrong Angle Of Light!

    Locate the tip of the user's thumb in the shadow on the iPad. Draw a line from there to the tip of the user's thumb. That's the direction of the light source (the sun). Now, on the tablet do the same thing. Not the same direction. Now I know you cannot do this with all photographs, but this photo has all items close in and I don't think you can be deceived by analyzing its shadows (like you can in some Apollo moon landscape photos).

  1. Inkling

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    Blending two pictures

    Previous commentators may be on to something. Try, for instance, to figure out a way to position the lighting so the Kindle & hand cast the edge-on shadow shown on the iPad. I can't come up with any way to do that. That sort of shadow should be cast horizontally to the man's right or left.

    I would add that, having a passing acquaintance with commercial photography, getting good pictures of devices with screens is difficult. My hunch is that this photo blends two pictures. In one, the lighting was carefully optimized to make the Kindle's screen look good. In the other, the lighting was adjusted to make the iPad's screen to look bad.

    I wouldn't blame the photographer. He did what he was paid to do and he did it very well.


  1. samirsshah

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    The virtuous circle...

    Loyalty will sell tablets to old customers, tablets will bring new loyal customers.

  1. samirsshah

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    Front facing camera...

    is a MUST even if it is VGA resolution...

    And so is Skype compatibility...

  1. samirsshah

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    Just a suggestion on price...

    $300 for non-Amazon Prime customers and $250 for Amazon Prime customers. A customer can join Amazon Prime and can avail of the reduction in price of $50 (I AM NOT AN ACCOUNTANT AND DO NOT KNOW HOW FEASIBLE THIS IS, THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE)

  1. samirsshah

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    Just keep ready...

    the commercials that teach and show the gestures that are adequate with two fingers. The tasks that are shown with three fingers and above in competitor's commericials can be done using these two finger gestures in Amazon's tablets. Yes, most three finger and above gestures are very esoteric and can usually be done with a combination of two finger gestures.

    Main thing is being ready to answer competition.

  1. samirsshah

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    Either license 'Droid' brand from Verizon...

    or make a new HUGE AND I MEAN HHHHHHUUUUUUGGGEEEE MAINSTREAM tablet brand. No mainstream brand identitiy ('Android tablet' brand is too nerdy) is the biggest problem non-iPad tablets are having.

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