Tablets are pretty decent devices for reading eBooks. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kindle all sell their own Android tablets that are at least partly designed for that purpose.
Now the folks behind the Good E-Reader blog and community plan to launch their own branded Android tablet. It’s expected to be cheaper than big-name tablets, and since it won’t be tied to a specific eBook store, you can use it with a variety of eBook stores.
In fact, Good E-Reader’s Michael Kozlowski says the tablet will come with Amazon, NOOK, Sony, and Kobo apps preloaded, as well as 3M and Overdrive apps for borrowing library books.
The price and specs haven’t been finalized yet, but the goal is to offer the tablet for between $130 and $150. It’s expected to have a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 512MB or 1GB of memory, and a 7 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display.
The tablet will have a microSD card slot, and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera for video chat, but no rear camera.
Good E-Reader will ship the tablet with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and offer an Android 4.1 software update soon.
There are also plans to include the Google Play Store — but it’s not clear whether that means it will be a Google certified device. While Google doesn’t officially sanction use of the Play Store and other Google apps without the company’s permission, Chinese device makers and custom ROM builders have been skirting around that rule for ages.
Good E-Reader also maintains its own app store, which will also be included.
via Ezekiel Carsella