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Kindle DX, Free 3G, 9.7" E Ink Display, 3G Works Globally

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Technical Details

Display: 9.7" diagonal paper display with E Ink Pearl technology, 1200 x 824 pixel resolution at 150 ppi, 16-level gray scale, 10:1 contrast ratio.

Size (in inches): 10.4" x 7.2" x 0.38".

Weight: 18.9 ounces.

System requirements: None, because it doesn't require a computer.

Storage: 4GB internal (approximately 3.3GB available for user content).

Battery Life: Read on a single charge for up to 1 week with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for two to three weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store and downloading content. In low-coverage areas or in EDGE/GPRS-only coverage, wireless usage will consume battery power more quickly.

Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 4.5 hours via the included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via the included USB 2.0 cable.

Connectivity: HSDPA modem (3G) with a fallback to EDGE/GPRS; utilizes Amazon Whispernet to provide wireless coverage via AT&T's 3G high-speed data network in the U.S. and partner networks outside of the U.S. See Wireless Terms and Conditions.

USB Port: USB 2.0 (micro-USB connector) for connection to the Kindle DX power adapter or optionally to connect to a PC or Macintosh computer.

Audio: 3.5mm stereo audio jack, built-in stereo speakers.

Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), PDF, TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.

Included Accessories: U.S. power adapter (supports 100V-240V), USB 2.0 cable, rechargeable battery. Book cover sold separately.

Documentation: Quick Start Guide (included in box) [PDF]; Kindle DX User's Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF].

Warranty and Service: 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the Kindle License Agreement and Terms of Use.


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By Alexander Scherr on June 11, 2009
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I have owned both Kindle 1 and Kindle 2, so I'm already committed to the basic idea: e-ink reading in a slim form factor with excellent connectivity to a large selection of books and subscriptions. I have come to rely on my Kindle experience, and it has seriously enhanced my reading.

The DX was not an obvious upgrade for me, but two features put me over the edge: the larger screen, and the native PDF reader. I now have the DX in my hands, and can report PROS, CONS, and NEUTRALS:

PROS:

-- the larger screen is a definite plus. I use the larger type size on my Kindle 2 (older eyes), and at this type size I get far more text per page on the DX. This makes the whole reading experience more book-like (and should be a boon to people who buy large-print books.)

-- the screen is also sharper and crisper than my Kindle 2 in a side-by-side comparison: the text is darker, and the contrast is much better, making for better visibility overall.

-- on a side note, the larger screen also makes it possible to read poetry on the kindle, even at large type sizes. On earlier Kindles, the smaller screen cut off lines, so that you would lose the sense of when the poet ended the line. On the DX, you can see the whole line exactly as the poet meant it, with the cut-off in the right spot.

-- the PDF reader works as advertised, and is extremely convenient. PDF documents appear on the DX exactly as they do on a computer screen. Moreover, you can drag and drop your documents directly to the device using the USB cable (or use the for-a-fee email if you absolutely must.) The only downside: at least for the documents that I've used so far, I cannot adjust the type size as I can with native Kindle documents.
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Amazon, please, I know you're a publicly traded business, and the bottom line is important. But please, for the love of all that is right, holy, and good in the world, update this thing.

I love mine. Absolutely love it. But its older now. The battery isn't as strong, its a bit slow, and I am envious of newer Kindles with their touch screens and backlights. Bring the DX back. Please. We beg you. I don't need a Fire tablet. I don't want to read an LCD screen. I need good, clear, beautiful e-ink. I can't read on a normal Kindle, its screen is as small as a square of toilet paper. What happens when mine finally dies? What will I do? What can I do? Let me throw my money at you Amazon.
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This review was written back when the DX first came out and--as has been brought to my attention--needs to be updated a bit. I will indicate where things have changed for the better within the body of the review:

I owned the K1 and then the K2 and love them both, so I was really looking forward to the DX. My plan was to use the DX at home, and keep my K2 for carrying all over creation with me. It wasn't long, though, after my DX arrived the day before yesterday before disappointment set in.

Don't get me wrong, there is a LOT to like about the DX:

1) Pictures are awesome on it, if the publisher formats them properly.

2) Those who complain about darkness of text on their K2 (a problem I've never had, btw) will be thrilled by the DX's very dark text.

EDIT: LIKE THE KINDLE 3, THE DX NOW SPORTS A NEW E-INK DISPLAY THAT HAS MUCH BETTER CONTRAST, SO TEXT & PICTURES REALLY "POP."

3) The ability to rotate the screen is great. Gives you a closer look at things like maps and charts.

4) The browser is a bit faster than on the K1 or K2, though that isn't saying much--it is still very clunky to use.

EDIT: THOUGH STILL CLUNKY, THE BROWSER *HAS* BEEN IMPROVED FOR EASIER USE. BUT STILL DON'T PLAN TO DO A LOT OF WEB SURFING WITH IT.

5) But web pages look pretty good on the DX.

6) It holds 3500 books.

BUT.....the DX just isn't all that. It has drawbacks that are really making me consider sending it back before my 30 days are up:

1) First and foremost, while it is true that it natively reads PDFs, it is really only a PDF *viewer*. You can't change the font size on PDFs, links will not function on them, and the ability to magnify pictures doesn't work on them either.
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The large display is perfect for someone with impaired vision. Please resume making the DX. (all of the used DX models I have bought were defective and had to return) size reader. Unfortunate the keys on the keypad are too small to see. The ideal reader for those with impaired vision would be the Voyage with a 8+ inch screen. I would gladly pay $500 for such a device.
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It's rare that I write reviews for anything that I buy. But I have to make an exception for this product. I have owned the Kindle 2 for about 18 months and I purchased a Kindle 2 for my wife. We both enjoy the user friendly layout of the controls on that device. As a software architect I had a problem with the quality of books as they were displayed on the Kindle 2 and decided to give the Kindle DX a shot at it. In just the last couple of months Amazon has release some updates to the underlying reader software that were said to improve on the issues of early adopters. Additionally, the July 2010 relase of the Charcoal colored Kindle DX is said to have sharper text. So I bought one.

Pros:
1) The text is definately sharper/clearer than on the Kindle 2.
2) The pictures/images are much clearer. (Don't confuse that with clear. Publishers control the quality)
3) Page turning feels faster, not just a little but much faster when compared to my Kindle 2
4) You can create Collections now. Think of this as being an organizer for your content. One book can be referenced by more than one collection.
5) You can password protect the device. I personally, don't store information on the device that requires protection of this nature. But if you read material on the device that you don't want someone else to see without knowing a password then this feature is for you.
6) As always you can annote the text of a book you are reading, but now when you save that note, you can save a share it. When you save and share, it immediately posts whatever you have typed directly to Twitter and Facebook with a link to that book/magazine on Amazon.
7) Size and Weight. I am a software architect, I have several books that are 900-1600 pages that serve as great reference materal.
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