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Kindle DX review

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The Kindle DX currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 14 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Screen Size
9.7"
Storage
4 GB
3G
No
Reading Time
-


What the Critics Are Saying...


148Apps

It’s all a little too simplistic. It might look great and really capture the nervousness that many children have felt while in bed at night, but it’s not enough to make you want to play for any great length of time. It’s a passing treat but ultimately a little forgettable in the en...

- Jennifer Allen, 148Apps
TabletPCReview

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.If you do have an iPad th...

- Jen Edwards, TabletPCReview
Laptop Magazine

While its $110 less than the original price, the $379 Kindle DX still doesn't address the needs of its core education audience; the limited access to notes, inability to create or export notes on sideloaded documents, and mediocre typing experience make it hard to recommend on that front. It's a goo...

- K.T. Bradford, Laptop Magazine
PC Magazine

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, newspape...

- Dan Costa, PC Magazine
Bright Hub

While the price may seem a little higher than warranted and the keyboard could use some rethinking, the Kindle DX tops my list as the best e-reader available on today's market. This opinion could quickly change as new models are released by other companies – in particular, I'm still very curio...

- Michele McDonough, Bright Hub


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Screen Size
9.7"

The Kindle DX's screen size is 9.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Backlight
No

There is no built-in backlight.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

3G
No

This model has no 3G wireless capabilities.

Kindle DX Specs

Overview
Release date August 27, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
Data:
GPRS, 1xRTT, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Operating System
Processor Freescale ARM-11 532 MHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
RAM No
ROM No
Flightmode No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1530 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors White, Graphite
Dimensions [H x W x D] 26.4 x 18.3 x 1.0 cm (10.4 x 7.2 x 0.4 in)
Weight 252 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 9.7 inches
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Backlit Illumination No
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen No
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Page Turn Key No
Physical keyboard Yes
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Vibration Alert No
Content Formats Supported
Content Formats Supported No
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148Apps

Looks and sounds great, but it's actually quite basic in its execution

from 148Apps

It’s all a little too simplistic. It might look great and really capture the nervousness that many children have felt while in bed at night, but it’s not enough to make you want to play for any great length of time. It’s a passing treat but ultimately a little forgettable in the end.

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It’s all a little too simplistic. It might look great and really capture the nervousness that many children have felt while in bed at night, but it’s not enough to make you want to play for any great length of time. It’s a passing treat but ultimately a little forgettable in the end.

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TabletPCReview

Excellent display, with crisp text and good contrast

from TabletPCReview

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.
If you do have a...More

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.
If 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.

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Laptop Magazine

It has an improved display and a lower price, but it still doesn't offer a robust enough experience for students

from Laptop Magazine

While its $110 less than the original price, the $379 Kindle DX still doesn't address the needs of its core education audience; the limited access to notes, inability to create or export notes on sideloaded documents, and mediocre typing experience make it hard to recommend on that front. It's a...More

While its $110 less than the original price, the $379 Kindle DX still doesn't address the needs of its core education audience; the limited access to notes, inability to create or export notes on sideloaded documents, and mediocre typing experience make it hard to recommend on that front. It's a good choice for consumers who enjoy books and devour magazine and newspaper content, but may be overkill for those who stick to mainstream bestsellers. The $499 Entourage Edge has more robust note-taking capabilities, but is far heavier at 3 pounds due to the second screen. Consumers who just want to read mainstream fiction and non-fiction should opt for the $189 Kindle 2, not just due to price but also portability. However, if your focus is on magazine or newspaper content, the DX's extra screen size may be worth the splurge.

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PC Magazine

The DX has a much-larger screen and more storage, but its price tag seems a bit expensive

from PC Magazine

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, newsp...More

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.

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Bright Hub

The Kindle DX tops the list as the best e-reader available on today's market

from Bright Hub

While the price may seem a little higher than warranted and the keyboard could use some rethinking, the Kindle DX tops my list as the best e-reader available on today's market. This opinion could quickly change as new models are released by other companies – in particular, I'm still very cu...More

While the price may seem a little higher than warranted and the keyboard could use some rethinking, the Kindle DX tops my list as the best e-reader available on today's market. This opinion could quickly change as new models are released by other companies – in particular, I'm still very curious to see the performance of the finalized Plastic Logic device. But for now, if you can stomach the price, the Kindle DX definitely is ahead of the competition.

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Tracy and Matt

One major feature can't justify its high price

from Tracy and Matt

The Amazon Kindle DX is a cool gadget. Personally I don't read that many books but as a PDF reader it's very handy although I could not justify the price tag just for that feature. If you get through a lot of book then the Kindle might be a better proposition carry one Kindle that contains many books....

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The Amazon Kindle DX is a cool gadget. Personally I don't read that many books but as a PDF reader it's very handy although I could not justify the price tag just for that feature. If you get through a lot of book then the Kindle might be a better proposition carry one Kindle that contains many books.

Don't think that buying a Kindle is going to save you a whole lot of money though either. I've found that books are not any cheaper on Kindle than they paper-back equivalent, I think you would have to read in excess of 300 books to recover your purchase price.

However, the Kindle is convenient, you get the book you want delivered right to the device over the airwaves within about 60 seconds, no waiting!

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The Gadgeteer

A big screen is sweet but the heft of the DX is a little inconvenient for reading

from The Gadgeteer

I think that covers most of the main features of the KDX.  My conclusion is that a big screen is sweet but the heft of the KDX is a little awkward for reading.  A cover can help alleviate some of that problem.  The screen can show some reflection but not enough to be a show-stopper...More

I think that covers most of the main features of the KDX.  My conclusion is that a big screen is sweet but the heft of the KDX is a little awkward for reading.  A cover can help alleviate some of that problem.  The screen can show some reflection but not enough to be a show-stopper.  The amount of memory is limited but you can off-load Amazon-purchased books wirelessly and then download them again wirelessly on demand.  Categorization is still not available but I’m hoping a software fix will cure that issue.  I’m hoping that a software fix can also fix the issue of MP3 file play-back ordering.
Another note for those who are interested in using an e-reader for technical books:  the Kindles are not the most gracious at allowing you to bounce around in a book.  In other words, if the text is referring to a figure that is a few pages away, it is awkward to scroll forward to view the figure and then page back to the text.  (And the “back” button frequently stops working.)  Something else that will be interesting to see on the IPad; does it allow for multiple screens?
Now that I know more about a larger device such as the KDX, I think I am not so enthused about the IPad — I think it will be even heavier and probably hotter.  Plus battery life?  Who knows.  I guess I”m not all that enthralled about the KDX either, but I’ll stick with it for now.

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Pocket-lint

It makes buying and enjoying all kinds of written content incredibly easy

from Pocket-lint

Criticising the Kindle DX for its failings feels like dissing the electric light for not being compatible with gas fixtures. Make no mistake, this is a game-changing device that is already shaking up book, magazine and newspaper publishing. It makes buying and enjoying all kinds of written conten...More

Criticising the Kindle DX for its failings feels like dissing the electric light for not being compatible with gas fixtures. Make no mistake, this is a game-changing device that is already shaking up book, magazine and newspaper publishing. It makes buying and enjoying all kinds of written content incredibly easy, fast and straightforward.
But this is still early days for ebooks and, unless you’re a jet-setting, book-devouring traveller or someone who needs the accessibility innovations Kindle offers, the smart money is still in good, old-fashioned paper.

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Engadget

It's a Kindle 2 with a larger screen, hair-trigger orientation sensor, and an awful keyboard

from Engadget

In the end, we're just not sure Amazon put enough thought into the Kindle DX to justify the launch hype -- fundamentally, it really is just a Kindle 2 with a larger screen and more storage, and while that means the core experience of simply reading a book is somewhat more pleasant, all of the Kin...More

In the end, we're just not sure Amazon put enough thought into the Kindle DX to justify the launch hype -- fundamentally, it really is just a Kindle 2 with a larger screen and more storage, and while that means the core experience of simply reading a book is somewhat more pleasant, all of the Kindle 2's limitations are still front and center, and in some ways made worse. We'd probably feel a lot differently if the $489 pricetag was lowered through newspaper subscription subsidy or cheaper content fees, but unless you're one of the very few students at a school piloting the DX or you happen to live outside of a New York Times delivery area, you're stuck with the full bill. Hopefully Amazon's move to open up Kindle content to other devices will light a fire under the Kindle hardware team and the next rev will offer some bright new ideas in the e-reader space, but for right now we'd say the same thing about the DX as we did the Kindle 2: it's nice if it meets your needs and you have the cash, but for everyone else it's not such a dramatic improvement over an actual book or newspaper that you have to have it.

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Mobile Tech Review

It's less portable but it gives a better reading experience

from Mobile Tech Review

Size matters, and the Kindle DX, despite lacking all the bells and whistles of full PDF support and a print-style layout for periodicals, makes for a better reading experience than the Kindle 2 and 6" Sony Readers. Granted, it's less portable-- if you're buying an ebook reader for plane trips or...More

Size matters, and the Kindle DX, despite lacking all the bells and whistles of full PDF support and a print-style layout for periodicals, makes for a better reading experience than the Kindle 2 and 6" Sony Readers. Granted, it's less portable-- if you're buying an ebook reader for plane trips or lunchtime reading where you can whip it out of your purse, then the 6" model makes more sense. But if you're using it at home, work or carrying it in a briefcase or notebook bag, the Kindle DX does everything the Kindle 2 does but better. Fewer page turns, better looking graphics and native PDF support on a display that's large enough to readably render 8.5 x 11" formatted PDFs is awesome. Though the Kindle DX is nearly twice as heavy as the Kindle 2, it's about the same weight as the Kindle 2 wearing Amazon's optional leather cover and lighter than a hardback book. If only Amazon would embrace ePub format, then we'd be even happier.

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