Kindle DX Review

by Greg on May 21, 2009

This review is based on information about the Kindle DX that is currently available. This newest Kindle will ship during the summer (no date yet update: Kindle DX started to ship on 6/10/09) and will cost $489. Pre-order the Kindle DX here – it will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

The Kindle DX will come in very handy for those that like to read newspapers on their Kindle’s since it has a 9.7 inch screen compared to the 6 inch screen of the Kindle 2. It will also be nice for students for reading textbooks and also has built-in PDF support. If you’re looking for something more compact and are just interested in reading paperbacks electronically, the Kindle 2 is still your best bet.

Here are the positives for the Kindle DX:

  • Very slim – just 1/3 of an inch, about the same size as most magazines.
  • Large 9.7 inch e-ink screen with 16 shades of gray for crisper pictures – good for newspapers and textbooks.
  • Built in PDF reader – a big improvement over the first two Kindles
  • Read to Me – this is nice as long as the authors leave this feature available
  • Still a huge selection of books – over 275,000 just from Amazon plus over 1 million from other sources.
  • 3G wireless network lets you download books anywhere. No monthly fees and no searching for wi-fi hot spots.
  • Full image zoom. Images can be zoomed to the full 9.7 inch size of the screen.
  • Adjustable text size which is nice for those that like larger or smaller text.
  • You can read for days without recharging. Just remember to turn off the wireless feature when you’re not using it and you’ll be able to read for a longer period of time without recharging.
  • Magazines, newspapers and popular blogs are all available and much easier to read now with the larger screen.
  • Search feature. This allows you to search for any text within a book, your library, the Kindle store or on the web.
  • You can download over 60,000 audio book titles including best sellers.
  • Auto rotating screen – a nice new feature that allows you to rotate from portrait to landscape which is nice for reading graphs, charts, maps, etc.
  • Large amount of storage – you can now hold up to 3,500 books on the Kindle DX.
  • Built in dictionary and wikipedia access.
  • Many of the major textbook publishers on now going to make their books available on Kindle.

Pre-order the Kindle DX here

There are quite a few pros for the Kindle DX and it looks like it is going to be a good device for those who could use some of it’s new features but there are also some cons too.

Kindle DX cons:

  • The price. $489 is a lot of money for most of us and quite an increase over the $359 price tag for the Kindle 2 which, by the way, is one of the reasons that many people haven’t purchased any Kindle so far.
  • No color. This may or may not be a con since the e-ink technology may not work well with a color screen. I do like how easy e-ink is on the eyes but it would also be nice to be able to view pictures in color.
  • Still no folders. Not sure what the problem is here. This is one of the biggest negatives of all of the Kindles and it is one of the features that users want the most but Amazon still hasn’t addressed this issue.
  • No touch screen. Once again, this may or may not be a negative based on the fact that e-ink and touch screen technology aren’t compatible yet. As already mentioned, I do like the e-ink but touch screen would also be nice so hopefully they’re working on a way to combine the two technologies.
  • While the large 9.7 inch screen is nice it makes the device itself rather large and cumbersome – not the easiest thing to carry around and store.

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1 Michelle September 10, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I like the DX – I can’t imagine having the page be smaller, I read very quickly. When I travel I carry a bigger purse that it easily fits in, but for just short “jaunts” around town, it is hard to carry for those times when I need a diversion, or have a few extra minutes.

I recently ordered a cover and hope that will help, but it will still be something separate I have to carry –

All in all – I love it, but do wish there was a larger selection of less expensive books – I like the idea of a rental fee….sort of like netflix…. I don’t need to keep books on their forever, if I want to re-read one I could always go re-rent it…

2 Patti May 27, 2009 at 1:52 pm

I still am plugging away with Kindle 1, I wonder what will be next. I did feel a little envious of the Kindle 2, but wonder if the new DX will be replaced right away.
As long as mine is working I will sit tight in this tight economy I just can’t justify the expense.

3 mary May 23, 2009 at 12:12 pm

It is a puzzlement to me why, with the announcement of the DX, everyone is saying, “Now you can read newspapers!” I can already read newspapers on the Kindle I have now and am very happy with the way they are set up. I have no need whatsoever to have my newspaper stories in columns and they are easier to read when NOT in columns. And easier to read than the dead tree newspaper, since I can read a story to its conclusion instead of fumbling my way to page 13 to read the rest of it. So please, someone explain why the DX is better for this.

4 thorn May 21, 2009 at 11:08 pm

also good to know before buying: pdf’s read through the on-board pdf reader will not be annotatable or underline-able. this according to the documentation.

the experience of *reading* them will still be *way* better than trying to read such things on an lcd monitor. but those expecting to annotate ‘complex pdf’s’ might be disappointed if they don’t know this in advance.

‘simple’ pdf’s will still be convertible for the device, and annotatable, just as they are with kindle 2.

so the dx is a larger format, has all of the same functionality of the k2, and the added benefit that one will be able to read complex pdf documents ‘like normal’, but better.

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