Good news! Amazon's Kindle readers are bound to be bigger and better. On May 6, 2009, Amazon Kindle DX was introduced as the latest ebook reading system from Amazon. The model features a 9.7-inch display with 1200 x 824 pixel resolution. Kindle DX is the first among the Kindle model with an accelerometer, which enable automatically rotating pages at landscape and portrait orientations. This much-improved, compact, lighter, easy-to hold and svelte device is due to be released on June 10, 2009 to retail at $489.
Amazon Kindle DX was launched at the New York City's Pace University Campus, 3 months after the company has introduced Kindle 2. Coinciding with the model launch is the announcement of Amazon's partnership with several universities and newspapers, which promises more exciting download features for KindleDX. Expectedly, the promising design features of the newest Kindle model, which include bigger screen and more of the convenient ebook reading features, is questioned on whether or not it can successfully replace paper and ink, things that the original Kindle model pulled off.
Kindle DX is 0.38-inch thick, a tad thicker that the 0.36-inch Kindle 2. However, its clear advantage goes to its 9.7-inch electronic ink display. It technically offers 2.5 times more of the early model's screen size, which will enable readers to enjoy more stories, graphics and images on each page. However, giving the model bigger screen resulted to a slight increase in the device's weight (DX weighs about 18.9 ounces) and a $130+ price difference from Kindle 2.
Thanks to the model's sleek ergonomics, the added weight and size did not cause the device to be bothersome to carry and hold. However, it is not as compact and portable as its predecessors. Because of its larger size, it requires a larger bag or briefcase to carry for stowaway purposes.
One design point that serves to Kindle DX's advantage is that it shares the same functionality with the Kindle 2 and more. It comes with a larger memory at 4 GB with 3.3 GB usable internal memory and 2 expansion slots. Hence, this feature enables the model to carry as much as 3,500 books.
Take caution that the new Kindle DX has a sealed-in, non-removable and rechargeable battery. It can last up about two weeks of battery life, enabling the users to judiciously enjoy its built-in 3G wireless data connection applications.
In addition to the expanded memory, another design point for Kindle DX would be its new native PDF support and convenient portrait to landscape orientation features. It also offers convenient settings and adjustments on the text font size and one the number of words displayed on each line of the text. The new KindleDX also shows potential of a highly competitive display features as it delivers a great job in displaying graphics and charts in 16 shades of gray. Hence, its partnerships with the universities is expected to make the gadget the better alternative to carrying thick and heavy loads of chemistry and other academic books that lightens backpack loads.
From a consumer electronics standpoint, the new Kindle DX is not that perfect. However, it shows incredible promise of being a favorite gadget among avid mobile book, newspaper and magazine readers, professionals and students alike. Although the initial retail price of Amazon Kindle DX somewhat restricts its market size, avid readers of all kinds and ages is likely to gravitate towards Kindle DX regardless of the price, thanks to the interest momentum set by the two successfully Kindle models.