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The No Name Tablets and Customer Confidence

The No Name Tablets and Customer Confidence

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Why buy a Nook Color at $249 or a Kindle Tablet at $250 when you could buy a Lenovo IdeaPad running Android for $199?  Lenovo has announced that it will sell at an Android tablet for $199.  It has a 7″, 1024×600, capacitive touchscreen and runs on a single-core processor.  There is 8 GB of onboard storage and two cameras.  There is WiFi connectivity. It will have access to the entire Android Marketplace which includes Nook and Kindle apps; Gmail; web browsers; music streaming; games; and movies.

How does this compare?

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*There is 5GB available for content and 4GB is for content purchased at the BN Nook store.

In sum, the Lenovo beats out the other two devices in almost every area. Plus, it is a more versatile device. Both Nook and Kindle will limit you to the Nook Marketplace or Amazon Marketplace. The Lenovo will grant you access to the entire Android Marketplace which include both the Nook and the Amazon apps. Along with the Sony and Google bookstores. The Lenovo is particularly more robust that the Nook Color because of its access to Netflix, Hulu and other Android video apps. While the Nook Color can play videos, there is no easy marketplace from which to download or stream video from within the Nook Color.

So why is there almost no mainstream coverage of the Lenovo IdeaPad at $199? It’s a misnomer to call Lenovo a no name tablet maker but to many casual consumers, Lenovo is not a well known brand name. Not like Apple, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. Maybe the Lenovo IdeaPad will take off much like the Asus devices did because of the low price point. I admit that I am more excited about the Amazon tablet because of its integration with the Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Cloud Player although there is an Android Amazon Could Player that would be compatible with the Lenovo device. The Lenovo device, like the Amazon Tablet, is not yet launched.

But there are other devices such as the Airpad for $199 that is available now. x10 offers a 7″ capacitive touchscreen, 4GB of onboard memory, and a 1.2Ghz A8 processor. There is a camera and it runs the latest Android OS at 2.3. The downside to this device is that the screen is only 800×480-pixel-resolution versus the 1024 x 600 of the other devices above. Still, at $199, it’s got a lot that the current LCD ereaders don’t offer.  It even calls itself the Nook and Kindle killer:

Why pay a couple hundred dollars separately for a NOOK or Kindle? Simply download the Nook or Kindle app on your AirPad! The NOOK app gives you instant access to download more than two million titles, including book, magazines and newspapers! The Kindle app gives you access to more than 900,000 titles, and is optimized for Android devices with a super easy-to-use interface. And the crystal clear, 7″ AirPad screen is perfect for reading. Weighing less than a pound, the AirPad allows you to bring your entire library with you anywhere you go!

So is it the brand behind the device that matters?

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If it is “yes” the brand matters, can you articulate why in the comments? Is it because you feel it will lack features? Or because of customer service concerns? And if you are buying an LCD color reading device, what features are you looking for?

Kindle Collections Expands to Desktop Software

Kindle Collections Expands to Desktop Software

So two weeks ago, I was complaining about things I felt the Kindle software could do but isn’t doing. No. 2 was synchronized collections. Today I opened up Kindle 4 Mac and it updated to version 1.7 and with version 1.7 was a new look to the home screen.  More importantly, there was a new feature which allows you to create collections on your desktop.

Kindle 1.7 Macbook Pro Collections

Creating collections on the Kindle device is unweildy whereas pointing and dragging with your mouse is fairly easy.  But, I found 1.7 to be fairly buggy. It crashed more than once.

Create Collection

Step 1: Create a new collection or import collections from your existing device.

Step 2:  Drag and drop the collections.  I noticed that this worked easier with my downloaded items.  With the books that are “archived”, the listing of books would refresh each time.

Get Collection on Device

Step 1:   Go to your Kindle device.

Step 2:  Hit “Home” and then “Menu” and then “View Archived Collections”

Step 3: Select “Add Other Device Collections”

Step 4:  Choose the device collection that you just created.


But, Jane, you say, I have collections that are empty but on my computer, they exist.  This is because you don’t have the books downloaded to your device.  This is what Amazon says:

Note: Importing a collection from another device does not import the books or other items to your Kindle if they aren’t downloaded already. However, books already on your Kindle that are associated with a collection will automatically appear under that collection name on your Home screen.

PC user elandes says the Kindle 4 Pc is updated and allows for collection creation as well.  There is no collection option in the Cloud Reader or the Apple Apps.  However, the instructions on the Amazon site intimate that collections will be available across devices Upon rereading this, it explicitly references devices and to Amazon that is the Kindle dedicated reader so I’m unsure whether this will be a feature for the mobile apps.  One would think if Amazon is going to store the collections and allow you to manipulate them on your desktop, Amazon would allow you to do this via mobile devices.

Managing Content in Your Collections

After you create one or more collections, you’re ready to associate books, audiobooks, and personal documents on your Kindle using those collections. Please note that subscriptions such as newspapers, magazines, and blogs cannot currently be added to collections on the Kindle. Here are a few handy collection features:

  • Collections are stored on Amazon: When you create a collection on a device, we’ll save your collection so it appears in Archived Items on other devices registered to your account. This allows you to transfer collections across registered Kindles.
  • Kindle content is associated with a collection until removed: If you add a book or other content to a collection on your Kindle and then delete the book from your device, it remains associated with that collection in Archive Items. If you download the item again, it will automatically appear in the appropriate collection on your Home screen.
  • Books and other content can appear in more than one collection: You can associate a single book or other item from your library with multiple collections if you wish.
  • Collections don’t change device or Archive Items content: If you delete Kindle content from a collection or delete an entire collection from your Kindle, it does not change the actual items saved on your Kindle or in your Archive Items on Amazon. When you delete a collection from your Kindle, any downloaded items from that collection will appear the Home screen instead of in the collection.

Only 1 and 3 to go Amazon.  In reference to No. 1, Kindle 4 Mac has a copy feature:

her eyes when, instead of moving closer to him, he drifted further and further away. Sounds of revelry disturbed the silence of the night and Efe walked faster, heart pounding and sweat dripping from her nose.

Whitman, Myne (2011-03-18). A Love Rekindled (Kindle Locations 47-49). Createspace. Kindle Edition

From a Harlequin book it references pages:

“Keep your fists up,” Ash advised. “No, up—what part of up makes you think you should let them hang by your belt?”

Milan, Courtney (2011-01-25). Unveiled (Hqn) (p. 374). HQN Books. Kindle Edition.

Another feature includes a “MORE” section which allows you to see “Shelfari Extras” and “Report a Content Error”

Report Content Error

Note: There is no real synch feature here but I think I found a workaround.  When I reimported the collections from my device they showed up with an @ sign after the collection name. I deleted the ones without the “@” and then proceeded to work with those collections.  I was able to go back and forth from the device and the desktop and work with the same collections although each time, I had to import the updated collection.