As an alternative to Amazon’s original Kindle, which is still available with global wireless access, Amazon decided to release a model that would cater for those with a little extra money to spend on a larger screen.
There may be a few added features, but is the Kindle DX really worth the added expense?
Features of the Amazon Kindle DX
* 9.7 inch e-Ink display,
* 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.4 inches in size,
* Built in keyboard and speakers,
* 1.1 lbs,
* Built in PDF reader,
* 3.3GB memory,
* Supports DOC, PDF, RTF, TXT, HTML, PRC, BMO, GIF, PNG, JPEG and MP3,
* 3G wireless connectivity to the Kindle store.
Pros of the Amazon Kindle DX
For those outside of the US who were wondering when the Kindle and Kindle DX would become available, the good news is that the wireless connection now works in a number of countries around the world - however, customers will still need to buy from Amazon.com and pay for international shipping.
The major benefit of choosing the DX model over the traditional Kindle is that the screen is 2.5 times the size, making it far easier to read books and even broadsheet newspapers than ever before. This is especially useful for those who tend to read large print books.
The larger screen means that books, documents and websites can be read in a way that they were intended, rather than breaking off in the middle of sentences due to size restrictions.
The DX has excellent support for PDF files, and it is easy to transfer documents from your computer. Other added functions include rotation of the screen from portrait to landscape, and a larger storage capacity than the traditional Kindle.
Though other devices, such as the Apple iPad, offer more features than the Kindle DX at a similar price, the e-Ink screen still makes this device favorable for those who want a more relaxing reading experience that doesn’t strain the eyes.
Cons of the Amazon Kindle DX
It’s a given that the DX is going to be more expensive than the standard Kindle - in fact, it’s more expensive than many other readers on the market. However, it does have some added features to help make up for this fact.
The fact that the Kindle is larger may be added value for money, but there have been some complaints that it is also heavier.
Despite the larger storage space, some people may be put off by the fact that the DX doesn’t have support for external storage. There is still no Wi-Fi for the Kindle, the battery is sealed into the back and you will be charged extra if you download overseas.
Kindle DX Review Conclusion
If you’re thinking about buying a reader that is as comfortable as possible on the eyes then the Kindle DX may well be the one for you. With fantastic e-Ink display technology, and a screen much larger than traditional eBook readers, eBooks look more like real books.
However, if you’re worried about price and the features you’re going to get, you might consider comparing the Kindle DX to the latest offerings such as Apple’s iPad.
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