State picks Amazon's Kindle Touch over iPad

The State Department is taking sides in the ongoing tablet wars, choosing Amazon's Kindle over the Apple iPad for its overseas language education programs, Venture Beat reports.

In a justification and approval notice on the FedBizOpps website, the department named the Amazon Kindle Touch the winner of the $16.5 million no-bid contract.

Specifically, State said the iPad fell short of the contract requirements in two areas: its centrally managed platform for registration and content delivery and its battery life. State also said some of the iPad's extra features were unnecessary to the department and represented potential security risks.

Under the contract, Amazon will provide the department with 2,500 Kindle Touches. It will be responsible for shipping them overseas, providing instructions on accessing content, offering 24/7 support, and "disabl[ing] certain standard features for the e-reader," according to the notice.

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