I read with some interest that an E-Reader very similar to the Kindle PaperWhite, called the Tolino Shine, (recently introduced in Germany) has been “hacked” to reveal that it is really an Android tablet underneath. Now, don’t get me wrong — I like Android (and I have a couple of Android devices) — but who in their right mind wants to “hack” an E-Reader that sells for about $150 and risk “bricking” it, when you can get a very nice Android Tablet for about the same price, i.e., the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, which, BTW, makes a reasonably good E-Reader using the free Kindle for Android app? Ok, so the Galaxy doesn’t use E-Ink, but it has a color display, which I personally prefer. It seems to me that if you really want an Android tablet, you should just go out and buy one, and not take a chance on producing a $150 brick. On the other hand, if you want an E-Ink E-Reader, the Tolino Shine is probably ok for that — no hacking required.
Speaking of Android, Amazon has finally issued an update for the Kindle app for Android, version 4.1.0. I stumbled across that fact accidentally, since the app itself did not inform me of an available update. I just downloaded it this afternoon, so I haven’t had a good chance to evaluate it yet, but I will chime in with my review as soon as I decide it’s either better or worse than the prior version. It’s supposed to be somehow improved for “magazines and textbooks.”
It is also supposed to be better with PDFs than the prior version — which may mean that the Android app is better with PDFs than the genuine Kindle. Like I said, I will be checking it out. If you have already checked it out, I would like to hear your opinion in the comments below!