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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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Screen

The Kindle DX is built around a 10.4 by 7.2 inch eInk screen that produces an image that looks very much like it had been ripped out of a book and put behind plastic. There is a drawback to this type of display, as it seems to have a weird effect where it completely inverts the image every time you do something that changes the image displayed on the screen, such as turning the page or hitting the "home" button.

So far, all eInk displays produce their image through a massive number of tiny round particles with one side covered in black ink. The particles will only show their light side in the absence of an electrical charge behind them, but when the particles are charged, they turn to display their inked side, showing an image. Due to the nature of this type of display, it requires ambient light to see an image on a screen, where LCD screens require a backlight to work. Because of this, you can bring the Kindle DX just about anywhere you would normally bring a book to read, with similar results.

Below is a short video of the Kindle DX's screen in use. Take note of the screen inversion every time we hit a button.

Front Image

Indoor & Outdoor Use

Due to the nature of eInk screens, the Kindle DX will work well in just about any level of light, as it shows an image very similar to that of an actual book. Still, if you're reading in a dark area or at night, be sure to grab some source of light for your reading, as the DX has no backlight like an LCD screen would.

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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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