Over 250 people have put up their Kindle DX review at Amazon and the opinions are generally favorable. Here’s my Kindle DX review –
Kindle DX Review – Who is the Kindle DX suited for?
The Kindle DX is great for –
- Textbooks – PDF support, low weight (no more heavy textbooks), low priced Kindle textbooks make it ideal for students. PDFs don’t allow notetaking.
- Business and Professional Use – You’ll love that kindle dx lets you carry around all your business and technical documents and PDFs.
- Anyone with low vision – Changeable fonts, eInk and landscape mode means great readability.
The DX is good for reading newspapers, magazines though keep in mind that it lacks color and the navigation is awkward.
The Kindle 2 is a better choice –
- If you want portability. Kindle 2 is more compact, lighter, easier to carry around.
- If you mostly read books books – Kindle 2 is $130 less and size wise Kindle 2 -> Paperback; Kindle DX -> Hardcover.
Kindle DX Review – Photos
- Kindle DX from the front –
- Size comparison of the Kindle DX with the Kindle 1 –
Kindle DX Review – Top 5 Features
- Large, Readable eInk Screen – The 9.7″ Kindle DX Screen is great for reading textbooks. A customer kindle dx review states –
the screen is also sharper and crisper than my Kindle 2 in a side-by-side comparison: the text is darker, and the contrast is much better, making for better visibility overall.
- PDF Support – Kindle DX has official Adobe PDF support. PDFs look great and have page numbers.
- Free Wireless Internet – Free Internet Access and Free Wikipedia so you can use it for reference. Do note that the browser has limited functionality.
- Cheap Textbooks Delivered Wirelessly in 60 seconds – There’ll be good prices (Amazon Kindle Editions of books usually are $9.99 instead of $24.99). Amazon is claiming 60% of textbooks will be covered initially.
- Convenience – Carry 3,500 books and textbooks. Buy books and textbooks instantly, anytime. Change Font Sizes, number of words per line, and spacing between lines.
Kindle DX Review – DX VideoLook at my Kindle 2 Video page to see the eInk screen in detail. The DX screen is 2.5 times larger than Kindle 2’s, and kindle dx reviews confirm that it has better contrast than Kindle 2.
Kindle DX Review – Pros
Top Kindle DX Pros
- PDF Support – Official Adobe PDF support, reviewers note that PDF documents look great. Also, searching a PDF highlights the found terms. Plus page numbers for PDFs.
- Cheaper Textbooks. Cheap Books ($9.99 for new releases and bestsellers).
- Kindle for iPhone and WhisperSync – You can read a document or textbook across your Kindle DX, iPhone and iTouch. Your annotations, bookmarks and the page you’re on are synchronized wirelessly.
- Large Screen – The 9.7″ screen is a great size.
- eInk Screen – Close to zero eye strain. Much, much closer to reading a book than a computer screen.
- Auto-rotate – looks to be a good, solid feature.
- Read To Me – Provided publishers don’t turn it off for their books, books can be read out to you by the Kindle DX while you drive, cook, etc.
- You can change the font size, the number of words per line and the spacing between lines.
- Really big largest Font Size making it great for low vision people.
At the largest font size, a capital letter is 3/16″ tall (just under 1/4″). Full character height–from the bottom of a “g” to the top of a “d”–is 1/4″.
- Long Battery Life – Kindle DX lasts 4 days with wireless on, and 2 weeks with wireless off.
- Large Storage – The 3.3GB of available storage (out of 4 GB overall) gives you a lot of space (3,500 books).
- Free Wireless Internet – WhisperNet (in Sprint coverage areas). Free is much better than a $40 a month wireless data plan. Also, browsing the web in landscape mode is great.
- Kindle Store has 7,000+ free public domain books.
More Kindle DX Pros
- In-Built Dictionary and Wikipedia access.
- Free Cloud Storage – Any books you buy are stored in the Amazon cloud and you can download them anytime.
- Good Screen Resolution – 1200 by 824 with 16 shades of grey.
- Normal books are much cheaper in their Kindle Edition. Books usually retail for $9.99.
- More than 300,000 books.
- Good coverage of textbooks as 3 of the big textbook publishers are on-board. Addison Wiley, Pearson, Prentice Hall, Longman and many more.
- Light and Thin – The Kindle DX is just 0.38″ thick. Its also light at 18.9 ounces.
The thinness of the Kindle DX is a nice contrast to the large 9.7″ screen –
Kindle DX Review – Cons
- Price – The $489 price is definitely high (eInk technology is still evolving). Consider the Kindle 2 which is $359 (compare them at Kindle 2 VS Kindle DX).
- No Color – eInk will not have color technology till 2011. There are other technologies (like Pixel Qi) that will have color ePaper before that.
- No Folders. There’s no way to organize your books and documents.
- No TouchScreen.
- For PDFs, text to speech, dictionary and 5 way controller don’t work. There are also no annotations or highlighting for PDFs. And there is no Table of Contents.
- Lack of extra storage – no SD card slot.
- Note-taking is painful. It’s nothing like just jotting down notes.
- The keyboard sucks.
- Screen Refresh Speed – Screen takes a fraction of a second to refresh. Do look at the Kindle 2 videos – screen technology is going to be the same i.e. how it looks, how it refreshes.
- No support for video.
- Only available in white.
Kindle DX Review – Recommendation
The Kindle DX is a very good choice if you are looking for a textbook reader or a reader for business documents – get a Kindle DX if you can live with the higher price. Its also an excellent choice if you have low vision.
Kindle DX is a reasonable choice for reading newspapers and magazines.
For reading books or if you’d like a portable reader you can take everywhere with you, the Kindle 2 is the better choice.
Hope this kindle dx review helped you.