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Which should I Buy?...the 2 or the DX?...or wait?

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Initial post: Jan 8, 2010 1:43:25 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2010 1:49:23 PM PST
I really think I'd love a Kindle. But which one should I buy? The 2 looks's lighter weightwise, probably easier to hold?....but the bigger screen on the DX is tempting. I'm afraid the 2's screen will be way too small & I hear the DX's text is crisper. My sight isn't bad...but not good...kinda that middle age bifocal sight that sometimes I even take off my glasses! Is the DX too heavy to hold? Are the missing controls on the left a big deal to miss. I'm a lefty, but use both hands. I would mostly read books for enjoyment. Any comments or thoughts from current Kindle users would be greatly appreciated! It might help me to decide. I'm am so undecided on this & would hate to make a choice that I might regret! Thanks and Smiles!

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 1:49:58 PM PST
If you are going to be taking you kindle with you everywhere I would go with the K2. If not then you have to decide if the cost is worth getting the DX. I don't think there is any difference in the text with the newer kindles. If you decide to get both to do a comparison I would try not to put to much emphasis on the DX being heavier since if it was all you had you wouldn't notice it as much.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 2:09:49 PM PST
GreyDay says:
I have both, but I usually read with the DX. If you are reading at home mostly where the DX can be set on a table to read or propped on your knees the slightly heavier weight doesn't matter and the larger screen shows more text. If you will be reading while travelling or carrying it around a lot the K2 would be easier to manage. I do read the DX on the bus, but not if I have to stand, it is a little large to be held one handed.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 2:17:12 PM PST
T. D. Jones says:
I don't have a DX but my K2's screen is definitely big enough. You can always increase the size of the text if you have a problem with your eyesight. I can't imagine that it is worth the money for the bigger screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2010 2:24:49 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2010 2:28:00 PM PST
lesley9 says:
I would definitely take the time to read the DX' reviews. I have the K1 and the K2 and am not drawn to the DX so far. Primary reasons are the price and lack of left side paging buttons. I am right handed but use both sides of the Kindle for paging depending on what reading position I am in. Also I am not that into the newspapers, magazines, and .pdf type of material that makes the larger sized DX of greater significance.

When technology is in a fast growth and change mode, I like to go with the most for the cheapest money.

There are a ton of eReaders on the horizon and maybe one of those during 2010 will later be more appealing to you. K2's are a good buy but it may yet go down in price to keep it competitive. However, Amazon does have a very appealing base of eBooks that I don't see currently available anywhere else from one place thus far.

Once you have an eReader, it's all about the content and for enjoyment reading, currently I feel Amazon is the best resource to date overall.

If you are going to be into newspapers, magazines, .pdf, or personal documents in a significant way, maybe the DX will make more sense than the K2. You could use the Kindle for PC or whatever to test what these items look like in general to see if you will even use this feature much.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2010 2:28:30 PM PST
Dorsie says:
I am blind in one eye from birth, and the other eye has multiple bifocal problems. Font size 4 of 6 on my Kindle 2 is plenty big for me. The DX really does weigh a lot, and I think the lack of left-hand page buttons would be annoying for you. So I think you should go with the 2 unless you need to read a lot of newspapers or magazines.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2010 2:30:22 PM PST
I actually have both -- I received the Kindle 2 as a gift and then splurged for the Kindle DX. For just reading enjoyment I would say get the Kindle 2. It is so portable and light to carry on a plane, on the subway, or just walking. The print quality is quite good and you can always make the text a bit larger. I am a fairly fast reader and do not find the Kindle 2 screen frustratingly small. KINDLE DX: I have on occasion walked and carried the Kindle DX but it's less comfortable because it is heavier. (And yes, I do miss the controls on the left side, but one gets used to it.) I most often use my Kindle DX for documents (I am a teacher so I keep teaching notes on it), and if I am stationary there's no question it is nice to have the larger screen size. Given that the Kindle DX is $240 more expensive than the Kindle 2, I'd order the little guy--you can always return it to Amazon easily if you don't like it. Good luck -- this is such a fun product for a reader!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2010 2:30:49 PM PST
Why not get the K2 and try it for yourself? You have 30 days to try it out and still return it for a full refund if you don't like it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2010 2:53:18 PM PST
Wendy Tietz says:
I have both the K2 and the DX; both are for very difference purposes. I use my K2 for casual reading (the "fun" stuff). My DX houses my work -- it has the pdf documents which would not be readable on the K2 and Word docs that would similarly not be as viewable on the K2. I can read the text equally well on both devices and the DX does not seem much heavier. However, the K2 because of its smaller size is definitely more portable and easier to read in small places. The choice between the two device comes down to your intended use. (Since the DX only has the buttons on one side, sometimes I turn it upside down to read if I find that I want the buttons on that side in that works well for me.)

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 2:55:07 PM PST
Soulrider says:
I struggled with the same issue before I bought my DX. I also struggled with whether to wait for the Nook to come out but looking at the features decided to go with the Kindle. I ended up going with the DX primarily because of the screen size. When I saw a size comparison of the 2 and the DX side by side that did it for me. I just figured the DX screen would be so much nicer than the smaller screen on the 2. So far, I have not been disappointed. I also factored in the buyers remorse if I went with the 2 and then would always wonder if I would have liked the bigger screen on the DX more. Right now, I read primarily at home so toting the Kindle DX around isn't a factor but I do plan to do a lot more of that in the summer when the weather is nicer. I don't think they DX's size will be a huge factor. While heavier than the 2 it is still lighter than most hard cover books. I mean how many DX's would it take to equal one Harry Potter hard cover? :-) You could always buy both at the same time...use them for a few weeks and see which one you like more and return the other taking advantage of the 30 day return policy with no restocking fee. The one major for you that I can see is that I believe you said you were left handed. Having the navigational buttons all on the right side may be an issue for you. I am right handed so I can't speak to that issue. Good luck in whatever Kindle you choose, you will love it. One last thought is the DX worth the extra premium they get for it...that's quite a personal choice and one I wrestled with and finally decided now after having owned the DX for a couple of months that yes it is worth it.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 2:56:04 PM PST
DELETE says:
You can not go wrong with either choice as you have 30 days to return it.

Buy both, keep the one you like the best, return the other.

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 9:01:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2010 9:02:03 AM PST
WOW!!!! There is such a wealth of great advice & opinions here! I thank each and every one of you for your thoughtful comments! I did not expect to see so many replies so quickly! THANK YOU!!!! I know for sure that I want a Kindle...the Nook & Sony Reader are not even on my radar. I agree, Amazon has a wealth of reading material availabe & I like how this Whispernet thing will put it righ on the Kindle without a computer. I'm leaning a little towars the Kindle @ at this point....but I'm still going to give it more thought before I commit completely to that choice. Right now, I'm going to sleep onit. Thank you....ALL of you wonderful Kindlers who were so kind to share you views with me!!!! I'l let you know what I decide. I do Have to finish several paperbacks. I think I should do that before I oreder....or I may not read them if its true that one will never go back to a book after experiencing a kindle read!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2010 9:26:14 PM PST
lesley9 says:
Definitely read those paperbacks first as they could well look like very cumbersome to handle, irritating to read, even frustrating to read due to unchangable fonts, etc. once you get used to eBooks.

Never mind what luxury they deny you when trying to read alone in a restaurant where you can't just prop them up against the flower vase and read while you have two hands free for eating your order!

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 9:43:18 PM PST
RAS says:
Right now I'd say the Kindle 2 is the sweet spot in e-book readers. Most folks who really appreciate the DX seem to be using it for technical journals, stuff with diagrams, etc. The Kindle is still king of the hill, and probably will remain so for several years. The Barnes & Noble Nook is not ready for prime time yet. Software glitches from an immature platform (their version of Android), plus the B&N servers seem to crash a bit too often. Everything you'd expect from a Rev.1 device. And while they're improving the Nook, Amazon certainly won't be sitting on their hands! The Kindle will be updated, features added, and the device will see lots of improvements. That's why I say it will remain #1 for a while.

There are some new devices coming out that are more in the DX category, but look totally awesome. Price is likely to be an issue, but for pure sex appeal the Sprint/Hearst Skiff and the Plastic Logic Que are going to be hard to beat. They have a lot to prove, and are only being displayed in prototype at CES so far. Although I want to hold off on judgement until they're actually on the street, I must say they look pretty spiffy so far. Here's the article I read (with pictures) on Ars Technica:

For now, I'd go with the Kindle 2. For a larger format device, with the price of the DX being close to $500 I might hold off a bit and see what comes of some of the other devices mentioned.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2010 10:31:57 PM PST
lesley9 says:

I totally agree. Almost $500 is way too much to pay for a DX with the potential of new devices from Amazon or others so close at hand.

Unless you can justify the DX today based on need (not want), to me the smart buy is the K2 because you are getting good tested technology at a reasonable price while the technology develops and matures.

There are way too many companies in the arena right now and that just makes it harder to decide who will be the leader. Who will have the most content at the best price, the best ergonomics, etc.

I bet a lot of these new companies and design variations will either die on the vine or consolidate ownerships. Plus service is going to really play a part. Let others be the beta testers.

Amazon was an established company with a solid future when it introduced the K1 plus it had already proven its customer service commitment for over a decade.

Many of these eReader related companies are start-ups using venture capital who come and go in firework style bursts of glory only to be forgotten as the executives just disband and move on to the next bright idea if the current one just doesn't hit it with the buyers to allow for quick profits.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 10:41:08 PM PST
J. Stevens says:
I love the normal Kindle, not the DX. Personally, I don't think the product is worth the money, then again I'm not in the position where I can spend five hundred bucks so nonchalantly. Does a bigger screen mean that much? Meh, either way it is an amazing device and I am absolutely in love with it.

-Steve Stevens Sero

Posted on Jan 9, 2010 5:41:52 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2010 5:44:37 AM PST
I briefly owned a DX back in October. It was a pleasure to use, and worked pretty well with the PDF files I threw at it, mostly sheet music. But a week after I received it, Amazon announced the AT&T version of the K2. Since Sprint doesn't work in my town, I decided to send back the DX for a refund, and ordered a K2 (AT&T) to replace it.

I thought I would really miss the DX, but so far I'm quite happy with the K2. I use it mostly for reading text, and it's great for that. I figure that the number of times I would have used the DX to display sheet music and other PDF files was so small, I couldn't really justify the $230 price difference. (The K2 displays PDFs, but the screen is too small for them to be really useful.)

The new AT&T DX is tempting, but I think I'll wait until Amazon gets around to improving their PDF support (e.g., allowing annotations) before I consider buying one again.

Posted on Jan 9, 2010 8:20:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2010 9:04:56 AM PST
AWESOME! The posts keep rolling in! All of you have been so helpful to me!
My mind is made up!
It will be the Kindle 2!
I don't read newspapers regularly (look online for the bits I read in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette), not a big magazine reader, and pdf's...not too important to me.
So for my needs of pleasure reading, paperbacks & a few hard covers...the K-@ seems to fit the bill!
My concerns of it being too small to see were put to rest here by several posters.
Also the left-hand controls are something that after seeing the posts, I decided would be a good thing for me, as I am left-handed.

Here's my new dilemma...
I have about 10 unread paperbacks.
It will take me some time to get thru them.
I hate to get SPOILED on a Kindle & not read them...due to the money paid for them.
Do I order the K-2 & go back & forth read a Kindle book....then a paperback?
Or do I wait til summer to place my order (I Might be able to have all or most of them read by then)?
Will the Kindle 2 still be available this summer?
Are there plans to discontinue it???
If not, maybe there will be a further price drop...(but that doesn't matter to me..the current price is OK for me).
I just wonder how long the Kindle 2 will be available as a New Product that can be ordered from Amazon.
You input would be Greatly Appreciated!

Posted on Jan 9, 2010 9:01:00 AM PST
I see that you have decided before I got here, but I have to say the the DX is terrific. Since it seems that money is NOT a major factor, I am convinced that the bigger screen of the DX is the way to go. It sounds like you will do most of your reading at home, so carrying it everywhere is not an issue.

Think again- GO WITH THE DX!! The big screen if fabulous and definitely worth it!! For regilar books, having nothing to do with newspapers or magazines. The Kindle is just too small!

Trust me on this. get the DX. if you have remorse return it- but you won't. if you get the smaller kindle, you will wonder if you should have gotten the bigger one. (I had a K2 and returned it for a DX and am excstatic).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2010 9:11:12 AM PST
Ok Richard...
Just when I thought my mind was made are causing me to have second thoughts!
All my unread paperbacks will probably delay my placing an order.
So I'll probably continue to second-guess my choice of the moment!
Especially when I read something like what you posted!
I so wish that there was a store, or physical location wher a person could see & hold both of these devices.
It would make the decision so much easier!
Regrets would be fewer!!!

Posted on Jan 9, 2010 11:25:22 AM PST
Debi says:
I have both, and my K2 is pretty much abandoned. I love the DX, and even with heavy covers it's barely a pound more than the K2. I guess that's a lot for some, but barely noticable to me.

Posted on Jan 9, 2010 11:33:56 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2010 11:35:08 AM PST
Poor Humble says:
I have the K2 and it's fantastic. However, if you're looking to get yourself an ereader now, I would suggest you wait at least until the 27th of this month when Apple brings out whatever new tablet/reader rumored device. No one knows exactly what Apple is bringing to the market so most stuff is just conjecture and speculation. I would wait if I were you. If Apple can bring forth something neat, easier to use, elegant, and provide for publishers and consumers through iTunes what it did for the music industry, then I think it would be a worthy purchase over the Kindle.

Posted on Jan 9, 2010 11:41:33 AM PST
John says:
I just ordered the DX. I had the same concerns as you. My concerns were not the weight factors as the DX is 8.7 ounces heavier.... is that really going to fatigue someone??? lol I also factored in the fact that books can be very cumbersome, so an 18.9 ounce device is going to be a lot lighter than let's say the book "war and peace". The size of the device might be a concern depending on where you are going to be primarily reading. It isn't for me. I personally don't know if having controls on one side or the other really make a difference. Sometimes when I'm reading a book I turn the page with my left hand, sometimes with my right hand. It depends what position I'm in at the time (sitting, leaning, etc.) I would say the major thing that had me concerned was the cost of the device. Is it worth spending the almost $240 on this device. The DX does hold more books (3500 to 1500) than the kindle 2. I don't think you will have any problem with either device you chose. I ordered my DX on Dec. 19th. They say my anticipated arrival for the new Global DX is January 28th. I can't wait...

Posted on Jan 9, 2010 3:34:45 PM PST
foxtail_too says:
I would stay with your K2 decision, especially if you want to carry it with you. (Cut out pieces of cardboard the size of each, and compare- that's what I did.) With the variable text size, aging eyes are not a problem. I usually keep my K2 on the next to smallest size, but may go up a size if my eyes are tired.

And, from my experience, those unread paperbacks may never be read in DT format. I grab my K2 exclusively, and it's been that way since June. I still have some of those paperbacks sitting around, but they are just gathering dust!

Enjoy whatever you get!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2010 3:38:45 PM PST
DELETE says:
Reader - you will get spoiled, but that should not make you abandon DTB! I have a K2 and still order DTBs when it is something I want to keep. I do tend to only read those at home though.

Enjoy your new toy!
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