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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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Conclusion

Performance

Overall, the Amazon Kindle DX is great for what it is: a basic eReader with a larger-than-normal screen. The constant 3G access for free is a great feature, and the Amazon eBook store has a massive library of titles. Additional media options are lacking, but if you're looking for a tablet that can bring a large portion of your library with you, the Kindle DX is a great replacement for a bookshelf.

Screen Performance

The eInk screen provides for a natural-looking picture that looks much like a book should, working well in a large range of lighting conditions, much like its cousin, the Kindle Wireless. It reduces reflections much better than most LCD-screened tablets, and this provides for a much more portable eReader.

Battery Life

Because the Kindle DX doesn't concern itself much with the bells and whistles common amongst tablets that go beyond eReaders, the battery life is great, whether you are just reading an eBook or even listening to audio. You will not need to recharge your Kindle DX for days of constant use.

Ereader:

It's tough to beat something that was designed primarily as an eReader and not much else. The battery life is amazing, the memory storage is more than ample, and the unit is very portable. Still, there are a couple things Amazon could have done to improve the eReader experience, but given that the tablets are relatively new, we're going to give Amazon the benefit of the doubt that they'll improve their design as time goes on.

Audio & Video:

Really, when we said that there are things that Amazon could improve upon, we were referring to the "experimental" features in the Kindle DX. The audio managing system is virtually nonexistent, and there's no way to control which audio files play or in what order. Honestly you may retain more sanity if you decide the Kindle DX is an eReader and nothing else, completely ignoring the audio playback function, as it's currently too much hassle to care about.

Email & Web Browsing:

Much like the audio feature, the web browsing feature is rudimentary in the extreme, and probably not worth using at all, given that even the much smaller kindle wireless handles it slightly better than the DX. Honestly, the DX has the worst web browsing on a tablet we've seen so far.

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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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