Quick hands on with the new Amazon for Tablets app

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Amazon has finally released an app that’s optimized for Android tablets, and while it’s not yet compatible with every single last one of them, it is running perfectly on one of our favorite Android tablets here at Pocketables: the ASUS Nexus 7. And I have to say that it’s a massive improvement over the phone-optimized app.

Once you’ve signed in, the app will present you with an easy-to-access list of quick links, such as “Holiday Toy List” (this is sure to change with the time of year), “Today’s Deals,” “Your Orders,” and “Recommended for You.” Under that, you can quickly scroll left or right through your Wish List, your personalized recommendations, what other customers are currently looking at, and more categories that change. (The last one that’s currently showing up for me is “Most Wished For in Kindle Fire Covers.”)

Search results are also very easily filtered by Prime Eligible or by various departments. And, when viewing a product, customer reviews can be sorted by most helpful or most recent – something I’ve been missing in the Amazon phone app for a very long time.

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Selecting the Amazon logo will bring up a list of options to view your cart, Wish List, recommendations, manage your account or 1-click settings, sign out, or get help.

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Overall, I find the experience a bit more intuitive and a lot more graphically pleasing than the Amazon app for phones, although it is missing a really big feature that was just introduced in the phone version: push notifications. (I’m sure that’s on the way soon, though.)

Since this is the first release of the Amazon app for tablets on Android, it’s only bound to get better and better, with new features being added all the time. But in the meantime, it’s still very worthy of a download – especially if you’re anything like me, and spend about half of your take home pay each month at Amazon.

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Download: Play Store


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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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