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Amazon's refresh of its large-screen Kindle DX isn't just limited to the new color on the outside. The new DX features a crisper high-contrast screen, faster page turn times, updated Kindle software, and a lower price ($379), making the DX an even more attractive eReader. But, its middling keyboard and lack of note export options may limit its appeal to the core education crowd.Along with the eInk display update, Amazon also gave the outside of the Kindle DX a paint job. The enclosure is now graphite-colored, which comes off as striking when compared to the plain white of the first-gen DX and is also less likely to attract smudges. Otherwise, the DX remains the same as before. The 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.4-inch device weighs 18.9 ounces, and is only 2.4 inches wider and 1.9 inches longer than the Kindle 2. It doesn't fit easily into a purse, but it slips into a messenger or backpack without adding much bulk or weight. Two stereo speakers sit on the rear of the device, and a 3.5mm headphone jack is at the top.The brushed-aluminum back of the DX gives it a premium feel. However, the back does not detach; there is no removable battery or memory card slot like the original--though Amazon says this version can hold more than 3,500 books.
What a difference a display can make. All it took was turning on the Amazon Kindle DX (Graphite) second-generation large-format e-reader to see that Amazon's claims of a higher-contrast display than its predecessor were true. The E-Ink display on the new Kindle DX ($380, price as of 7/9/2010) indeed reflects a significant improvement in contrast, as evidenced by the clarity of the crisp text, and the darker blacks of graphics and words alike. The blacks, in fact, truly look black; by comparison, the blacks on the original Kindle DX appear dinghy and gray. Words on the Kindle DX (Graphite) appear to jump off the page, as you can see in this side-by-side photo. Unfortunately, the darker text means that you can also more clearly see the jaggies in the default, and only, text font of the Kindle DX (Graphite), at least at the default third font size. The Kindle DX (Graphite) has a lighter, more solid background to its E-Ink display than its predecessor. Where the original Kindle DX appears to have a patterned, very newspaper-like background, the new Graphite version appears lighter in color, with less distinct patterning. Also of note is the Kindle DX's new cosmetics. The unit is housed in a dark gray ("graphite") case, as opposed to the off-white case of the original Kindle DX and Kindle 2.
At its core, the Kindle DX is simply a bigger, higher-capacity, and more-expensive version of the wildly popular Kindle e-book reader. The interface is the same, the dead-simple process of wirelessly downloading books is the same, and the content you can get on the device (books, magazines, newspapers) is the same. It's just bigger and more expensive. The DX's extra-large electronic-ink screen is designed to make reading magazines and textbooks easier, and it does, but current Kindle users shouldn't rush to upgrade. As for the rest of us, netbooks with color screens, full-size keyboards, and much more functionality can be had for around the same price ($379 direct). Of course, the biggest difference between the Kindle DX and the Kindle is the size of the electronic-ink screen - the DX's is 2.5 times larger. Moving from a 600-by-800, 6-inch screen to a 824-by-1,200, 9.7-inch display changes the reading experience. Whereas reading on the Kindle is akin to reading a book, the Kindle DX experience feels more like reading a magazine. Thing is, when you download a magazine like the Atlantic Monthly or the New Yorker to read on the DX, the design isn't any different, so it doesn't really use this extra space in a meaningful way.
Not long after Amazon updated the U.S.-only version of the Kindle and replaced it with a new international Kindle model, the company followed suit with the larger Kindle DX. This new model--now called the "Kindle DX (Global Wireless)"--runs on AT&T's network and can access content on cellular networks inside and outside of the U.S. Aside from the switch in wireless carriers (the old DX used to be powered by Sprint, and didn't work outside the U.S.), nothing else has visibly changed--at least as far as the hardware itself goes. The 0.38-inch-deep DX is just a tad thicker than the 0.36-inch Kindle. And the Kindle DX's 9.7-inch e-ink display (1,200-by-824-pixel resolution) technically offers 2.5 times more screen real estate than the Kindle's 6-inch display. That extra screen comes at a price, both figuratively and literally, as the DX weighs almost twice as much (18.9 ounces) as the Kindle and costs $230 more, at $489. Aside from the price, the biggest strike against the DX is a competing product from Apple. In early 2010, Apple announced that it would release the iPad, which offers a full-color capacitive touch screen that's the same size as the Kindle's monochrome e-ink screen along with a far richer feature set, including much better support for PDF and image files (the iPad also supports video playback, Web browsing, and iPhone apps).
Though the Kindle DX is an impressive e-book reader, its high price will likely turn off some prospective buyers. In spite of its larger size, the Amazon Kindle DX ($489 as of October 29, 2009) comes off as a surprisingly lean and elegant contender in the current e-book reader steeplechase. This enlarged version of the Kindle has a number of appealing features--including strong PDF support--along with a few missteps. The shift to a larger-screen Kindle makes sense. Dominating the front is its 9.7-inch,16-grayscale E Ink display. The device measures 10.4 by 7.2 by 0.38 inches and weighs 18.9 ounces. Like the Kindle 2, the Kindle DX has a keyboard, but it's awkward to type on. In my hands-on examination of the device, I came to appreciate many aspects of its design. Still, some roadblocks ahead could impede its widespread adoption. The most problematic of these are the reader's price ($489, more than some full-featured laptops cost), and the fact that early newspapers available for the Kindle DX lack the visual design and appeal of physical newspapers.
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