Here are some photographs of the new Kindle DX 2 including comparisons.
Kindle DX 2 Photos – The Great Screen
First, a close-up with Flash -
Next, a close-up without Flash -
Then a Kindle DX 2 screensaver -
Kindle DX 2 Photos – Comparisons
First, a comparison with Kindle 2 Global and Kindle DX Global -
To be honest it looks better in real life – Kindle DX 2’s screen is around 40% better than the Kindle DX 1’s screen and 25% better than the Kindle 2 Global’s screen. It’s clearly the best screen. However, by itself it’s not enough of a reason to upgrade.
Next, a comparison between Kindle DX 2 and Kindle DX in sunlight -
And one without quite as bright surroundings -
The Kindle DX 2 has a clearly better screen.
Kindle DX 2 vs Kindle 2
Here are a few photos comparing these two. The difference here is smaller – more like 25% better contrast though at time it seems like 35% to 40% better.
In the shade -
In the sunlight -
And another picture in sunlight -
How Important is the Graphite Casing?
As the images will show – very.
Well, here is a side by side comparison -
And one with the bezel overlapping -
If you have the Kindle 2 or the Kindle DX 1 you should definitely get a black skin.
Kindle DX 2 Photo – Speckling to Increase Contrast?
Not sure of this and hopefully someone with photographic skills will step in. However, it does seem that the new Kindle DX 2 screen uses speckles as background noise to increase the contrast ratio.
You have to wonder how much of the improvement in the screen contrast is due to the casing and the speckling – At least half in my opinion. Here’s an image to illustrate speckling (you’ll have to click on it and view the full-size version) -
Note that the Kindle DX 2 is much better than Kindle DX 1 (40% or so) and quite a bit better than Kindle 2 (25% to 35% depending on lighting conditions). So it’s a better choice though it might not be worth upgrading based on your budget.