Maybe i’m the first to say it, but when it comes to apps on the Kindle,
I totally understand it, Amazon is knee jerking because 1. the Nook has a touch screen that’s not eInk, so apps make sense (maybe?) and 2. we’re a week away from Apple’s “big announcement” that will surely be a Tablet, and surely not be a Kindle killer anymore than the iPhone or any netbook currently on the market is.
Here’s why I’m meh.
The Kindle has 1 screen, it’s eInk. For those that don’t know that means it’s digital paper. There’s no animation capability (well very very very little). EInk draws the screen, then stops, it doesn’t re-arrange the ink molecules/pixels until you tell it to, and when it does, there’s a flash of the screen as things shift. It’s not a blinding or anything, but it’s there and it pretty clearly means any app can’t be a fast screen drawing app.
Really do i want to tweet from a Kindle? I certainly don’t want to web browse. I can’t fathom an app that wouldn’t suck on the Kindle.
Here’s why I’m cautiously optimistic.
Maybe developers (assuming the API permits) can do what Amazon has failed for 3 years to do. Deliver a usable UI.
- Tagging aka metadata
- something better than paging thru 6+ (in my case) pages of books in list format
- Custom screensaver images WITHOUT a hack
- Custom fonts WITHOUT a hack
To name just a few.