AMAZON KINDLE DX

amazon kindle dx

 


PROS

Excellent display, with crisp text and good contrast
User friendly experience
Notes, highlights, and collections work exceptionally well
Usable keyboard
Good battery life


Amazon Kindle DXThe Amazon Kindle DX is the larger sized version of the favored Kindle eReader device. It has a 9.7-inch eInk Pearl display, 4GB of storage (which is enough to hold 3,500 books) and provides native support for PDF documents. It also includes all of the ordinary Kindle features such as Wi-Fi and 3G wireless, text to speech for selected titles, MP3 playback, and a basic web browser. It sells for $379 and is presently available only in Graphite.

No replaceable battery
No removable storage
Keyboard on the bottom makes it top-heavy
Noisy/rattling volume buttons


FAST TAKE

If you do not currently have an iPad or other large tablet, and you’re most notably interested in viewing large, chart- and graphics-intensive PDFs, then Kindle DX is a fantastic choice.

BUILD & DESIGN

The Kindle DX is 10.25-inches tall and 7.13-inches wide, with the big screen overshadowing the front of the device. The front is graphite plastic, with the home, page back and forward, menu, and back buttons only on the right side. That’s a disappointment for this lefty, but they are large and easy to use. After just a few minutes of reading I didn’t even have to look at all when I was ready to advance the page.

The back of the Kindle DX looks like buffed metal and is somewhat slippery. You will possibly want to purchase a silicone case or a decorative skin to improve your grip. If not you’ll probably find yourself taking hold of the Kindle DX quite tightly, to prevent coincidental drops, which can quickly become uncomfortable– especially if you tend to read for long stretches of time.

Amazon Kindle DX

A size comparing with the iPad is necessitated here, since consumers willing to spend almost $400 for an eBook and PDF reader are likely considering the iPad as well. The Kindle DX is significantly taller than the iPad, though slightly narrower. It is about the same thickness as the iPad’s bezel, even though since the iPad bows out a bit and gets thicker towards the middle of the device, the Kindle DX is slightly slimmer overall.

Amazon Kindle DX

General build high quality on the Kindle DX is generally exceptional. The case appears tight and secure, with no loose brims or creaking. The only complication I noted on my device is that the volume keys on the top right side of the device are considerably loose and tend to rattle noisily at the least movement of the unit. I strongly presume that this is a defect of this particular unit, since other Kindles I’ve seen do not exhibit this problem.

Display

The greatly improved eInk display on the new Kindle DX is absolutely spectacular. Text is razor sharp, and the familiar screensaver pictures of famous authors now look like true portraits rather than low quality drawings. I didn’t experience any eyestrain at all, even during long reading sessions, and PDF documents look great.

Despite the fact that the display is simply amazing most of the time, text can in certain cases be very hard to read depending on the font used within each individual eBook title. The sample for Lavinia, by Ursula K. Le Guin, was much harder to read than a different book on my Barnes & Noble Nook, which has a less advanced screen with overall less contrast.

Also, while the Kindle is certainly readable outside in direct sunlight, due to the high contrast display screen, it is not insusceptible from glare. This especially true indoors, such as in an office with fluorescent lighting. You may have to angle the device to avoid glare, otherwise you might find it hard to distinguish fine detail in illustrations and charts.

Keyboard

The keys on the keyboard are exceptionally tiny, but it still operates well because they are area far enough apart that you shouldn’t hit one key when you’re aiming for another. You would not be writing the next great American novel utilizing this keyboard, but you should be able to take notes easily.

Amazon Kindle DX

The keyboard also has a variety of other functions, depending on the screen you’re on at the time. There are multitudes of shortcuts that have been documented; many of them are explained in the Kindle user’s guide, though some of them are listed only on various web sites and blogs. It’s a good idea to get familiar yourself with them, because they can certainly enrich the overall Kindle experience.

If anyone want to search for anything in particular, type in a key word and the Kindle sets out searching instantly, which is a nice touch and works far better than the search functionality on other current generation electronic reading devices like the Nook and Sony Reader.

Other Buttons and Controls

The five way operator on the low right side of the gadget is fast and on the money– I could quickly move to where I wanted to be and really enjoy the fact that I can press it in to select a distinct word without worrying about the cursor moving unexpectedly. That sort of behavior has been an issue with just about every five way I’ve ever used, from PDAs to smartphones, so I definitely cherish the fact that it just works on the Kindle DX.

The gliding power button and headphone jack are at the top of the device, and the charge/sync port and speakers are on the bottom. As pointed out above, the volume keys on the top right side of the device rattle at the slightest movement, which is a disappointment and a distraction.

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