Amazon Kindle DX Review

October 20, 2010 by Jen Edwards Reads (24,558)

CONCLUSION

If you don’t already have an iPad or other large tablet, and you’re especially interested in viewing large, chart- and graphics-intensive PDFs, then Kindle DX is a great choice. The large screen is amazingly sharp and clear, and is definitely better than older Kindle models.

Amazon Kindle DXIf you do have an iPad though, or are looking at the Kindle DX strictly as an eBook reader for novels and such, it may no be the best choice, for a variety of reasons. It is rather expensive for a single purpose device, and quite large. The smaller Kindle isn’t exactly pocketable, but it is much easier to carry and not as tiring to hold for long periods of time. If your eyes are good enough to read on a fairly small text setting, you can minimize page turns and have a much more portable device.

The Kindle DX is best suited for those who want to read with no distractions from games, email, the Internet, and the like, as they might be if they sprang for the Apple iPad tablet computer. Those who are heavily dependent on heavily illustrated PDFs with lots of documents and charts will likely be delighted with the DX, as well as those who are more concerned about a larger view than about portability.

Pros

  • Excellent display, with crisp text and good contrast
  • User friendly experience
  • Notes, highlights, and collections work exceptionally well
  • Usable keyboard
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • No replaceable battery
  • No removable storage
  • Keyboard on the bottom makes it top-heavy/ungainly to hold for long periods
  • Noisy/rattling volume buttons


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