Amazon keeps on hitting this Kindle thing right out of the ballpark.
The KindleDX is a worthy upgrade to the Kindle 2. From the HUGE screen to the native PDF support to the ability to turn the KindleDX sideways to read, everything is just better on the DX.
1) The packaging is crisp, clean, and similar to a certain fruit vendor from California.
2) The DX comes pre-registered so all you have to do is plug it into the AC adapter and turn it on. The KindleDX does the rest. Within a minute or two, your books will start appearing. From the time the UPS driver dropped off my DX to my first book was less than five minutes. Amazon has made the setup process very, very easy.
3) The native PDF support is absolutely brilliant. I sent a 6.7MB manual to my KindleDX account. It appeared in less than 2 minutes! The fonts are crisp, the graphics are decent, and there is a “go to page” feature that allows you to skip through large PDFs.
4) The gyro-thingie works like a champ. While reading a PDF, I turned the DX 90 degrees. The KindleDX reorientated the PDF automatically. Took less than a second. Not sure how comfortable it will be to read since the next page/prev page buttons are now at the TOP of the page…but it’s a very cool feature to have.
5) The keyboard has been improved as well. The keys are now slightly raised and, in my opinion, easier to use.
The KindleDX is expensive. No question about it…but if you do any kind of reading, you owe it to yourself to get one. You will not be disappointed.
Some people might question the e-ink, lack of color, and lack of a touch screen. The DX isn’t designed to be a tablet…or have a battery life measured in hours. The DX can run for days with wireless enabled…and up to weeks without wireless. There are tradeoffs to be made. If you are seeking those features, the KindleDX isn’t for you.
If you are seeking a huge e-book reader with native PDF support, text to speech, massive storage, whispernet, ability to purchase a book and start reading it in under a minute, access to over 270,000 books plus millions of free books on-line, and enjoy reading, get a KindleDX.
Ok, I did find one minor drawback. The left-side buttons have been removed in the DX. Not sure why. It’s only slightly annoying…given all the other brilliant features.
By Gordon Ewasiuk