Conclusion: The video below documents the same PDF side by side on the iPad Air and the Kindle DX. You can get a sense on what both bring to the table and what types of functionality you can expect. We also fire up an eBook, so you can see what device may be right for you.
Excerpt: The Amazon Kindle DX is great for those looking for a large, crisp e-Ink display
Pros: Consumers found it easy to read, Consumers thought the contrast on the screen was great and found reading easy on the eyes, Excellent screen size, Interface is easy to navigate, Very long lasting battery (2-3 weeks), Excellent book storage (3500), Very fast turn-on time, Fast to turn between pages, Very good manual, Excellent customer service
Cons: Impossible to read in a dark room, Large physical footprint, Heavy, Slow transfer speed
Excerpt: (1 items) What a difference a display can make. All it took was turning on the $380 Amazon Kindle DX (Graphite) second-generation large-format e-reader to see that Amazon’s claims of a higher-contrast display than its predecessor were true. The E-Ink display indeed reflects a significant improvement in contrast, as evidenced by the clarity of the crisp text, and the darker blacks of graphics and words alike.
Pros: Dark border makes reading easier, Enhanced screen contrast, Strong integration with Amazon's bookstore
Cons: No Wi-Fi-only version, Same weight as predecessor
Conclusion: If you're looking for a larger screen E Ink Reader, the Kindle DX Graphite is the only affordable choice in the US (IREX has declared bankruptcy and we don't yet know their fate). Thankfully, the Graphite is an excellent ebook reader not just thanks to the increased contrast but because it's fast, has a large enough display to do justice to PDFs, has Amazon's mammoth ebookstore behind it and has the goodness of 3G for book and periodical delivery and basic web browsing.
Pros: New E Ink display significantly improves contrast.
Cons: Still no Amazon support for ePub format books.
Amazon Kindle Dx Review - Best Wireless Reading Device
8 May 2010
Summary: With its new display (50% better contrast), free 3G global internet connection, and a much more reasonable price tag ($379), the new Kindle DX makes one mean, lean reading machine. If you want an eBook reader for commuting, the six-inch version will be far more practical. But if, on the other hand, you are here only for the reading experience, this is no doubt the eReader for you.
Pros: Optimal screen size, Great design, Intuitive user interface, Enormous selection of books, magazines, and periodicals, Built-in free international wireless, Decent battery life, Audio book integration, Text-to-speech functionality
Cons: Not optimal for traveling, Non-U.S. users may suffer extra fees when using wireless capabilities, Web browser isn’t really useful, Battery can’t be replaced on your own, Not compatible with several file formats
Conclusion: With a much-larger screen and more storage, the Amazon Kindle DX is a nice addition to the Kindle family. But its almost-$400 price tag might be prohibitively high.
Pros: Bigger, better screen. Super-thin. 4GB capacity (3,500 books). Wide selection of books, magazines, and blogs. Buying new titles is dead simple with the free, integrated cellular modem. Text-to-speech capability.
Cons: Very expensive. No touch screen. Interface could be more intuitive.
What Weighs 19 oz, Is 1/3" Thick, And Carries 3,500 Books?
16 March 2010
Excerpt: I jest. Today, Amazon has lifted the veil on the new Kindle DX with much fanfare, and hopes that the struggling newspaper and magazine industry will find rejuvenated love with the Amazon Kindle’s bigger brother.
Summary: Though it has a hard time competing with Apple's iPad in terms of functionality, the less-expensive 2010 Kindle DX will appeal to those looking for a large, dedicated e-reader with an e-ink display.
Cons: Though it's more affordable than the previous DX model, the price is still within spitting distance of the more versatile iPad; heavier weight (than smaller Kindle) could make long reading sessions tiresome; doesn't support EPUB files; no protective carrying case included; battery is sealed into the device and isn't removable; no Wi-Fi option.