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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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Reading Books

Much like its predecessor the Kindle WiFi, the Kindle DX is specifically designed to be an eReader primarily, so it's no surprise that it offers an excellent eReader experience. It doesn't have a backlight or an LCD screen for night-reading, but it provides a picture so close to ink that it can go anywhere you normally take a book; just don't take it in the bath lest you drop it in.

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The uncluttered eReader screen

Continuing with the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" attitude Amazon took with this iteration of the Kindle series, file location and opening is a breeze. If anything, it's a little easier to navigate now with the improved controls on the side of the unit, with the drop-down menu simplifying navigation quite a bit. This allows you to browse content by author, collection, genre, etc.

Buying Books

It honestly does not get any simpler to buy an eBook than it does on the Kindle DX. Once you're connected to a 3G signal, simply hit the menu button, select "Shop in Kindle Store" and buy the eBook you want using your keyboard and control stick. It's that easy.

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Once you've purchased your eBook, it downloads to your device at a decent clip, depending on how strong your 3G signal is at the moment (here at the lab in Boston, it downloads eBooks very quickly). It's easy to forget that eBook files are very small in comparison to other files commonly bounced around on the internet, so first-time tablet owners won't need as much space as they think to store lots of books should they choose to load up their Kindle DX.

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eBook Formats

Be wary though, that the Kindle DX only supports Amazon eBooks like the Kindle Wireless before it, which can cause headaches if you can't find your desired eBook in Amazon's database. The option exists to drag and drop your.pdf, ePub, PDF, and HTML files to read on the DX, so if you can convert files on your computer, you can do this, even if it is a little less convenient than downloading on the 3G. At the lab, our test tablet for some reason simply would not read ePub files, so be aware that there may be some compatibility issues occasionally.

Another option available to all WiFi/3G enabled Kindle users is the ability to email yourself text files via the service Amazon provides when you register your kindle. Though if you choose to download your files over 3G, a small fee applies ($0.15USD/Mb). Transferring them over USB is always free, so keep that in mind.

Newspapers & Magazines

Much like the DX's predecessor, the Kindle WiFi, newspaper and magazine subscriptions are available through the Amazon marketplace, and new issues can be automatically downloaded whenever there is an updated issue. While you lose many of the pictures you'd normally see in the print version when reading on a Kindle, you gain the ability to read each article on any device you have the Kindle app installed on, potentially an iPhone, netbook or desktop computer. Keep in mind, though, that other eBook software generally maintains the look and structure of the articles in periodicals in a way that's much more true to the original, so if that is important to you, you may want to check out another format.

eBook Battery Life

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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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