Amazon Kindle DX V Amazon Kindle 2 - Which One is Best For You?
The latest in Amazon’s Kindle ebook reader family - the Kindle DX was announced in early May, just a few weeks after the launch of the Kindle 2 in February. Ever since then Kindle owners and prospective owners have been speculating about just how big the changes and enhancements in the Kindle DX in comparison with the Kindle 2 actually were. If you’re an existing Kindle owner or if you’re an avid reader wondering which of the two devices would be the best for your needs, then check out the comparison below:
The Kindle DX has a 9.7″ screen (measured across the diagonal) - which is two and a half times larger than the Kindle 2’s 6″ screen. Apart from the obvious size advantage, the DX screen has an auto-rotate feature which allows you to switch from the standard portrait mode to landscape mode simply by rotating the device. This makes the Kindle DX better for reading newspapers, magazines and other text which contains graphics.
Overall Device Size
The DX has overall dimensions of 10.4″ X 7.2″ X 0.38″ and weighs in at 18.9 ounces. The Kindle 2 has overall dimensions of 8″ X 5.3″ X 0.36″ and a weight of 10.2 ounces. So, whilst the Kindle DX isn’t too large or heavy to carry around, the Kindle 2 is the more portable of the two devices.
On Board Memory Storage Capacity
The DX has 4 GB of internal memory - which equates to storage for approximately 3,500 books. The Kindle 2 has 2GB of memory, enough for about 1,500 books - not too shabby, and enough to keep most people supplied with reading material for a long while, but still some way short of the Kindle DX.
The Kindle 2 can read PDF files - but only after you e-mailed them to Amazon for conversion. There is a fee - very small admittedly - for the conversion. All in all, a bit of a hassle. The DX on the other hand has PDF support built in so you can just load up your PDF files and read them with no conversion, no fee and no fuss.
The Kindle 2 is currently available for $359. When the Kindle DX ships on June 10th it will cost you $489. It’s hardly surprising that the price is somewhat higher than the Kindle 2, the larger screen is one of the most expensive items in the device so a higher price point is to be expected. If you compare the DX’s $489 ticket price with the $859 of the iRex Illiad - a comparable 10″ ebook reader device - the DX doesn’t look quite so pricey anymore.
Although the Kindle 2 is relatively new, and was itself a big step forward in comparison with the original Kindle, the Kindle DX offers significant further enhancements. The larger display and the ability to handle pdf files is more than enough to justify you spending a little extra - especially when you consider the price of other similarly sized ebook readers on the market. Unless Amazon make a significant downward adjustment of the Kindle 2 following the launch of the DX, go for the DX option.
By Hamish Hayward