Editor’s Update: As of July 2010, we have updated the Amazon Kindle DX review below to include the changes incorporated into the device recently. In addition to sporting a new look, the Kindle DX price tag also dropped to $379. The latest DX is now available in over 100 countries and territories worldwide. Click here to order your latest generation Amazon Kindle DX with Global Wireless today!
Even before the Amazon Kindle 2 had a chance to warm the hands of the reading enthusiasts who own one, Amazon then unveiled its newest addition to what is getting to be a longer line of Kindle bestsellers: the Amazon Kindle DX.
Here is Amazon’s Video Demonstration of the latest Kindle DX:
Prior to the official launching of the Kindle DX way back in 2009, features of this latest Kindle was leaked out in tech and gadget blogs, effectively preparing the way for another revolutionary device from Amazon. When it finally arrived, the question foremost on everybody’s mind was, “Is it worth all the hype?” This Amazon Kindle DX review puts the ebook reader under the magnifying glass – although with its size now, we wouldn’t actually need one.
Note that this Amazon Kindle DX review already includes the enhancements recently made to the Kindle including its new graphite shell and more affordable price.
Amazon Kindle DX Basic Features
Without necessarily going into boring detail, let’s first check out what the Kindle DX has inherited (or not) from its older siblings:
At 0.38 inch deep, it’s just a tad thicker than the Kindle 2 (0.36 inches) and is still as thin as any magazine. Unlike its predecessors however, the Amazon Kindle DX now sports an auto-rotating 9.7-inch diagonal screen, which is one of the most obvious and best improvements of this latest Kindle. I’ll have more on that later.
The Kindle DX still uses the e-ink technology and 16 shades of gray for text and images that are clear, crisp, and unaffected by any glare from the sun. With its 4G storage capability (3.3G of which is available for user content), this newest Kindle can now store up to 3,500 books so you can practically bring your whole library with you!
What’s New: The Pros and Cons
So, is the Kindle DX really as innovative a product as Amazon visionaries would like the public to think? Here’s my take on the so-called dramatic changes in the device.
50% Better Contrast. With its all-new e-ink screen, the latest Kindle DX delivers a much improved contrast that renders the text more clearly and therefore easier on the eyes. And it comes in a sleek graphite shell now to add to the contrasting effect.
Large, 9.7″ Display. That’s a screen bigger 2.5 times than its older version which makes it an easier read especially when you’re reading PDF files, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books containing images. Some textbooks are available in the Kindle format as well and a few universities are already on board to have their students test the Kindle DX. Plus, one of the problems present in the old Kindles which is best addressed by the DX’s larger screen is the e-ink screen’s innate slowness when it comes to scrolling up and down. The bigger screen eliminates the need to scroll. Amazon’s catchphrase for this is “No panning, no zooming, no scrolling.”
Of course, the larger display has also made the Kindle DX longer and wider than the past Kindles — about the size of a magazine, according to Amazon. It also weighs a bit heavier at 18.9 ounces but even that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. That said however, it’s really not as portable as the Kindle 2 and unless you always carry a briefcase with you, lugging it around would pose some inconveniences.
Auto-Rotating Screen. If you’re one of those who need to look over maps, images, tables, and charts, the new auto-rotate screen could be just the thing for you as it allows the user to have a full view of these pages at better angles. Just rotate the device to automatically switch from portrait to landscape mode, and vice versa.
PDF Support. The native PDF support of the Amazon Kindle DX is another welcome improvement from the past Kindles. This sure beats the hassle of having to email your PDF files to Amazon for conversion and paying for this service besides.
Improved Storage Capability. The Kindle DX already has a storage capacity of 4G, which Amazon says can hold up to 3,500 books already. With its built-in PDF support however, that number could drastically go down if you’re constantly dealing with PDF files and any other image-rich books and periodicals. A pity that Amazon didn’t just bring back the external drive slot that the Kindle 1 had.
International Availability. Whether you’re in the US, or in the more than 100 countries where the Kindle DX can be shipped too, it’s easy to get the content you want. Using 3G wireless coverage. Kindle users worldwide can download books and periodicals of their choice in less than 60 seconds.
Improved Battery Life. If the wireless feature is turned off, the Kindle DX allows uninterrupted reading without needing to recharge for up to three weeks, and seven days with the wireless enabled. Battery charging takes about four hours which can be done with either the power adapter or via your computer using the included USB cable.
The Price. The 9.7-inch Kindle was originally an eye-popping $489 when it first came out. But luckily for those who still have to get one, the price tag now is down to just $379 for the latest graphite version and $359 for the original white casing. Not too pricey actually, considering its great features.
Amazon Kindle DX Review: The Verdict
Amazon is definitely moving forward in leaps and bounds when it comes to exploring all the possible avenues that the ebook reading device can go. The Amazon Kindle DX is even more amazing in its improvements because it comes quite close to the heels of the Kindle 2 release. As I see it, with a lower price tag and better features, there is even more reason for people to get the latest Amazon Kindle DX.
Is the Amazon Kindle worth all the buildup? Sure. Is it better than its predecessors? Definitely. Is it worth its price? It sure looks like it. But then again, while this Amazon Kindle DX review shows that there have been major upgrades with the device, the real question is: Will consumers find enough value for their money to go out and buy? You be the judge.