10 Features the Amazon Kindle Tablet Must Have to Succeed

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    Don Reisinger

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1. A Big DisplayThe last thing Amazon should want to do with its upcoming tablet is offering a device that comes with a 7-inch display. In order for any device to be popular in today's marketplace, it needs to have at least a 9.7-inch screen to match the iPad's. Even better are 10.1-inch screens. Either way, Amazon must offer up a big display in its reportedly upcoming slate.
Speculation abounds that e-commerce giant Amazon is planning to launch a tablet to compete with Apple's iPad, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and others, at some point in the next 12 months. Some say that Amazon will offer up a single tablet by the end of this year, while other reports suggest the company will deliver a less-feature rich option this year, and a more-upscale version next year. In either case, it appears Amazon is ready to enter the tablet space. Yet when it does, Amazon will be facing off against Apple's iPad 2, an entrenched market-leader that has proven it can vanquish even the most capable-seeming alternatives. To avoid winding up like the others and actually offer up a product that consumers and maybe even enterprise users want, Amazon will need to deliver a host of features that those markets are looking for. Here we take a look at those features, and explain why Amazon must incorporate them in its tablets if it wants those products to succeed in the hyper-competitive tablet marketplace. Check out the following slides to learn more.
This article was originally published on 2011-08-19
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.