Anyone who owns or is considering buying a Kindle E-Reader has no doubt heard of the recent launch of the Amazon Kindle DX. If you are the former, this could be a great time to upgrade and if you are the latter, it could be a tough decision you have to make. When you are looking to spend the kind of money the Kindle E-Book Reader costs, you don’t want to leap without looking. But if you do your research beforehand, you can be assured you will get the model that works best for you.
Kindle DX Review – Top Features
- Large, Readable eInk Screen – The 9.7″ Kindle DX Screen is great for reading textbooks.
- 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.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.
- 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.
Kindle DX Review – Cons
- Price – The price is definitely high (eInk technology is still evolving). Consider the Kindle which is lower.
- 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. No support for video.
- Only available in white.
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