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Amazon Kindle DX: Pros and Cons

Is Bigger Really Better?
The DX has a huge screen size advantage over its little brother, the Kindle, and other wireless readers. But retailing at $239, it’s also costlier. Is the DX worth the extra money?
Probably yes, if you’re one of those people who find the display screens too small on the first generation of wireless readers. The DX screen is 9.7″ which is close to the same size as a page of a book, and while the screen is about 4 inches bigger then that of the standard Kindle, it’s body is just as slim.
Here are some other pros:
  • The larger display means you won’t have to scroll to read an entire page.
  • Free 3G works all over the world! Download books almost anywhere!
  • The page orientation changes when you rotate the DX reader.
  • When it’s vertical, it displays a vertical view; held hortizontally, you’ll see a landscape view.
  • The DX holds up to 3,500 books!
  • The largest of the six built-in font sizes is enormous, a help to people who require large-print books.
  • Screen quality is improved: Letters and images are sharper and have better contrast.
  • The Kindle DX can directly display PDF (Adobe Acrobat) files.
Kindle DX: The Cons
  • Despite its slimness, the DX device is still a couple of inches longer and wider and somewhat heavier than other eBook readers, making it less portable. The DX weighs in at 18.9 oz.
  • Some users complain that the keys are too small.
  • Apparently, there has been little or no progress dealing with connectivity issues experienced by some Kindle users.
  • Display is black-and-white only, but so are other wireless readers that use the eInk format.
  • The Kindle DX retails for $239, at least $75 higher than most other eBook readers.

Is the Kindle DX right for you? It might be, if you want an easier-to-read display along with the extra features of Amazon’s portable readers… and you don’t mind spending the extra cash.

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