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Amazon Kindle DX Tablet Review

The Amazon Kindle DX is the follow-up to the successful Kindle Wireless, with a much larger screen.

May 13, 2011
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Device & Specs

The B&N Nook Color is a very different device than the Kindle DX, which you will come to see over the following sections. Not only does it abandon the eInk display in favor of an LCD screen (along with the troubles that brings), but it also eschews physical buttons in favor of a touchscreen. If a love of color and an inherent hatred of plastic buttons are qualities that describe you and your ideal eReading experience, the Nook may be a better bet.

Screen

As previously mentioned, the Nook Color has a color screen unlike the black and white eInk screen of the Kindle DX, but what the kindle lacks in picture performance, it makes up for in size with its monster screen. The Nook also has a touchscreen-based interface, which allows for a more direct interaction with your device, but at the same time slows searching a bit.

Perhaps the largest advantage the Kindle DX holds over the Nook Color is screen reflectivity: where the DX's screen has a matte material that breaks up reflections pretty well, the Nook's almost mirror-like surface reflects sources of light with very little diffusing of glare or reflection detail, which is incredibly distracting if you're trying to read in a well-lit environment. We give the edge to the Kindle DX here, as this is almost never a problem unless there's a super-bright lamp angled directly at the screen up close.

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Battery

Because eInk displays draw a much lower current than a backlit LCD screen, the Kindle DX offers much better battery life than its Barnes & Noble competitor.

eReader

Both tablets work well as an eReader, but the Nook was created with more than just eBooks in mind. The Kindle DX may be a better dedicated eReader, the Nook offers users music playback with a much better interface (read: has an interface at all) as well as video playback. So, if you are looking for an eReader that can do more than just read books, the Nook may be a better option. Still, the Kindle DX is as good as they come in terms of being a simple eReader, so if you're more of a bookworm, and additional media is not a chief concern of yours, it may be the better choice for you.

Internet

The Nook Color wins this one hands down simply because of the range of apps it offers (the Pandora app and the email applications are especially nice to have). Still, depending on your intended use, these added bells and whistles may not be necessary for you if all you want your reader for is to curl up with a good book.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Email & Web Browsing
  8. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  9. Barnes & Noble Nook Wi-Fi Comparison
  10. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  11. Conclusion
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