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Initial post: Jun 11, 2009 10:54:16 AM PDT
Brent says:
Okay, my DX just arrived. I'm going to try to use this thread to document my impressions.

Opening the box now.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 10:58:29 AM PDT
Starbuck says:
My box is opened and the device is plugged in. It's huge!

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:01:40 AM PDT
Brent says:
Interesting. You have to tear open a few tags to open the box the Kindle's in. So there's no question that you opened it.

Everything's going smoothly so far. Kindle's out now.

Also interesting: There are instructions on the Kindle screen showing you how to plug it in and turn it on. Not on the protective coating; they put this image on the screen, then switched it all off but left that image on the E Ink screen. Very cool.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:03:10 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Great, both of you!

I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to say.

Please consider this thread...after you've played around on your own, of course. :)

(Amazon thread relevant to the discussion)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2009 11:04:41 AM PDT
[Deleted by Amazon on Mar 14, 2012 11:04:52 AM PDT]

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:05:44 AM PDT
Brent says:
As soon as I plugged it in, the initial screen disappeared. It then displayed a lovely image of someone reading beneath a tree on a hill, with a progress bar near the bottom of the screen. When the progress bar completed, the Kindle automatically loaded the User's Guide.

I'm blown away at this presentation. I feel shepherded along by the device; it's made the unboxing experience extremely easy.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:05:46 AM PDT
Starbuck says:
Will use that thread once the d/ling finishes. Right now it's just sitting there with no content! Synching and unarchiving books don't seem to be doing anything.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:10:43 AM PDT
Brent says:
Bufo: Oh yeah. I've typed up a list of everything mentioned in that thread ("What to you most want to see people test on the DX"), and plan to try it all out on the DX. I'm also taking plenty of photos.

The cover feels equivalent to the K2 cover. It uses the exact same latching mechanism. There's some kind of magnet to hold it together, and which feels fairly powerful. The empty cover closes with a strong snap.

Man, I'm excited! Fingers are shaking.

Just to check on the charge level, I just unplugged it. It has about half a charge. So looks like it ships with plenty of juice.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:12:13 AM PDT
Nobody says:
I feel like my favorite TV show just went to a commercial. Hurry up and tell us more.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:13:39 AM PDT
Starbuck says:
Like Brent, I have half a charge too. The text is significantly darker and easier to read. It's super big and wicked cool.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:15:38 AM PDT
Brent says:
I just realized why this won't be a serious problem for lefties. I just flipped it upside down, and there are all the buttons on the left hand side. If I were a leftie, I'd have *fewer* problems using the DX than using a K2.

Indeed, the 5-way controller works just as you'd expect when flipped upside down, so you navigate the exact same way.

I must admit, I'm initially not a big fan of having *all* the buttons on the right-hand side. I liked being able to use the left. On the other hand, the DX can be gripped just like a regular book; you can hold it anywhere on that left-hand side (much like you would a paper book). Heck, I'm beginning to believe the DX better replicates the paper reading experience than any other Kindle so far.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:22:32 AM PDT
Brent says:
The biggest font size is MASSIVE. Larger than any large-print book I've ever seen. I don't think that's going to be a problem for folks, unless they're legally blind.

Just tried text-to-speech. Sounds about the same as Kindle 2, both in terms of the voice and the speaker quality.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:23:21 AM PDT
Selena says:
This is great Brent - thanks for doing this for folks.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:28:06 AM PDT
Thanks to Brent, I can vicariously start reading my new Kindle DX! (which isn't supposed to arrive until June 18th...argh!)

Keep the updates coming!

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:29:13 AM PDT
Brent says:
You're very welcome! And thanks for all the encouraging words; that's why I keep doing this.

I have seen the future of manga, and it is Kindle. Just loaded a manga on here, and it looks great. I can foresee buying a *lot* of B&W comics for the Kindle.

Maybe just because it's plugged in, but screen refreshes feel faster than on the Kindle 2.

Now going to try the browser....

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:34:17 AM PDT
readermouse says:
Can either of you compare the Kdx to the K1. I am esp interested in the screen size compared to the K1 as that might be a selling point for me. Thanks

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:35:12 AM PDT
K. Hardesty says:
Brent... is the text a lot darker on your DX compared to your K2?... like Gracie's? Or is it just darker when you go to a really big font? Have they lightened the screen up a bit?

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:35:15 AM PDT
Brent says:
Trying out the web browser and Twitter now.

They've renamed "Advanced Mode" to "Desktop Mode". Does basically the same thing; displays the page more like a regular web browser would, but complicated formatting may cause problems.

The keyboard is...weird. The keys feel mushy, and are very tightly spaced. It's not quite as easy to type on than on the Kindle 2 or Kindle 1.

The screen refreshes a little faster when typing, I think.

And it worked! I was able to tweet from my DX (I'm @BrentNewhall on Twitter - ). No problems there.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:40:07 AM PDT
Brent says:
Man. Switch the DX to landscape mode and browse the web...and the experience is slick. Feels like a netbook. It just works.

And when you press the menu button in landscape, sure enough the menu appears as expected on the right (as you look at it).

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:41:58 AM PDT
lavy says:
I can be happy for brent and gracie
I can be happy for brent and gracie
I can..............................

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:42:08 AM PDT
Brent P. Newhall says:
Man. Switch the DX to landscape mode and browse the web...and the experience is slick. Feels like a netbook. It just works.

Oh man, am I going to have to invest in one of these? Sweet. Thanks for your updates Brent!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2009 11:42:37 AM PDT
LOL lavy.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:46:58 AM PDT
Dr Lilith says:
Thanks so much for doing this, Brent (and Gracie and Greg)! Keep it coming . . . your first impressions are fun to read, and they may help some of us make the ultimate decision to jump on the KDX bandwagon.

Looking forward to hearing about the native PDF support . . .

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:47:15 AM PDT
JJ says:
This is so great - thanks for doing this for us! I couldn't decide whether to get a DX or not - but Brent's comment about it better replicating the paper reading experience may just convince me!!

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 11:47:58 AM PDT
Brent says:
readermouse: The DX definitely sports a significantly bigger screen than the K2 or K1 (I've owned both). While the K1's screen is a mass-market paperback, the DX's screen is a large hardback.

K. Hardesty: The text seems about the same as the K2, if a tad darker than the K2's. Then again, I've never had any contrast problems with my Kindles.

Currently loading a couple PDFs on my Kindle to test those out. Taking a little while.
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