Amazon’s Kindle Tablet Will Only Support Two Fingers To The iPad’s Ten

Amazon’s Kindle Tablet Will Only Support Two Fingers To The iPad’s Ten

Two fingers are enough for many tasks – a Boy Scout’s salute or a Peace Sign – but it may not be enough for tablet users. Unless you are Amazon looking for ways to undercut the iPad price by offering cheap touchscreen displays. The Internet retailer’s foray into tablets starts with a device limited to just two fingers — enough to give a one-fingered sign of displeasure.

Apparently, Amazon plans to enter the tablet market in September. Already, the Kindle maker is all-thumbs, as it were about the needs of tablet users versus smartphone owners. Two-finger touch screens “are sufficient for entry-level smartphones,” reports industry publication DigiTimes citing sources. Although WinTek also supplies touch screens for Apple, the Cupertino, Calif. iPad maker uses the 10-finger versions.

Although two fingers are great for basic tasks, such as shrinking windows and tapping buttons, for anything much beyond flinging colorful birds at obnoxious linkers, more fingers are required. A decent tablet painting program, or Apple’s own iPad version of GarageBand, both require more than two fingers.

We’ve reported how it is extremely difficult for rivals to match the iPad’s features, offering only pricing as a way to compete. But limiting the touch of a touchpad? Before the KindlePad even gets out of the gate, consumers are likely to give thumbs-down on this two-fingered iPad alternative.

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  • e_orione

    Sorry to correct you but iPad supports eleven fingers, not ten.
    Apple just want to be sure they can get all the touches you can deliver.

  • Adam Blaiss

    Can someone tell me what app that is in the picture? Looks interesting and I may want to get it for my son.

  • Chris Brunner

    Much like the other “iPad Killer’s” this is another non-threat to Apple. If somebody can make a better non-reflective screen for use outdoors with a retina-like color display and a slick OS, then maybe Apple would have something to worry about.

    -Chris
    http://friendsofmac.net

  • Marshalus

    Not to be picky, but a Boy Scout salute actually requires three fingers.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S

  • semrdm

    I believe it’s called Alphabet Fun.

  • TechUser

    Actually, a Boy Scout salute is accomplished using three fingers, not two.  A Cub Scout salute is done using two fingers.

  • meixiaoguo
  • Amanda0110

    I got $31.68 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Dell laptop for $95.84 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $53.79 to get. Here is the website we are using to get all this stuff GrabPenny.com

  • Christopher Lee

    i’m er really unsure of how important having more than 2 touch points are. seems like the only place where they’re really used is in apple’s own gestures (four+five finger ones for iPad).

    granted, i use jump desktop, which does make use of a three-finger gesture, and pvz can also support a lot, but i’ve never considered these to be important.

  • 300AShareMakesMeSmile

    The pundits are claiming this so-called Amazon tablet will be the iPad’s strongest challenger yet (yes, I know every non-Apple tablet has been called that) but this time it’s for real.  Why?  Because supposedly the Amazon tablet will have a more unified ecosystem created by Amazon itself with games, media content, cloud storage, etc.  This is being claimed by pundits despite the fact that this wonder tablet doesn’t even exist. 

    Wall Street is always giving Amazon a free pass without ever verifying anything.  I think Amazon is a great place to shop online and I’d consider the Kindle as the leading device that shifted paper books to digital medium.  However, Amazon’s tablet competing with the iPad is absolutely ridiculous.  There’s the hardware cost issue and that Android Honeycomb not being up to task.  The pundits should at least wait until a working product is available before claiming the Amazon tablet is any sort of a challenger to the iPad.

  • Jill Stoneberg

    As someone who purchased the first Kindle (K1) and am anxiously awaiting the Amazon Tablet, I can’t see when I’d use 11 fingers on my touch screen. I will read 85%, email, blog and twitter, and browse the internet. Maybe 11 fingers are necessary for games… but a surprising number of us don’t play games on our iPhone, tablets, netbooks, latptops, etc.

    Apple Fan — blind loyalty to any company leads to missing out on all sorts of exciting products. While I love my iPhone and iPods, and Mac it doesn’t blind me to the fact that the Kindle is a superior ereader and the Amazon Tablet could be just what many of us are waiting for.

    A beautiful e-ink screen with no back lighting is just what we voracious readers are dreaming of! Perhaps the Amazon brand (books, music, video, Cloud storage) is making the pundits drool… let’s waits and see. I for one have my fingers crossed that the Amazon Tablet will indeed be drool-worthy!

  • geek

    2 fingers have worked for me on my smart phone for years.  A bigger target and screen will sell.

  • John Michael Heath

    How about when typing?

  • John Michael Heath

    I suppose I should clarify: As a graphic designer who often does work for overseas clients, I frequently find myself using special characters that require three touch-points.  I know that’s a rather limited use, but it would be wise for amazon to use at least one more touchpoint.  It would expand usability significantly.

  • Adam Blaiss

    That’s it! Thanks!

  • SomeTechUser

    The number of fingers supported by a touchpad does not a superior tablet make. 

    What is important is how effectively the UI allows the user to interact with the content presented. And believe it or not, some content only requires a simple, single tap. Does reading an eBook–the primary function and intent of tablet eBook readers–require any more than one or two fingers? Does browsing a Web site, answering an email, or posting a message to a social network really require 10 fingers?If a tablet is to be used as a desktop or laptop replacement, then care must be taken to provide the all the necessary UI functionality to enable the user to fully utilize the applications he needs to use. But please get off the high horse believing that EVERY tablet must be EVERYTHING to EVERYONE. Some of us must rely on desktop computers yet we still embrace tablets as complimentary, not replacement devices. Niche markets are so often disregarded for sake of trying to be everything to everyone.

    Oh, and please don’t use references to things that you obviously do not understand such as the Boy Scout salute.

  • NewNeverSleeps

    That’s nice. No one cares.

  • MustTryHarder

    Is this the best you can do? Pretty pathetic, Ed.

    You know what? Consumers will look at the $300 price difference and decide that they *don’t care*.

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