The Amazon Kindle DX is the Deluxe version of the Kindle

Amazon is one of the best makers of e-book readers in the world; the Kindle DX is one of them.


It’s not surprising to find its Kindle editions being pitted against one another—Kindle DX versus Kindle 2 or 3, for example.

Though all the versions are superbly good, mobile, and comfortable to use, a great number of buyers actually prefer the DX version than the regular Kindle, which is available with Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 3G. 

Where They Are Similar?

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One of the biggest similarities between Kindle DX and the typical Kindle is the use of E ink®.E ink® technology attempts to imitate the look and feel of a regular newspaper or book. In the process, the text appears more vividly, the words and images are easier to view, and it minimizes glare or eye strain when reading. In fact, a Kindle screen is so much better than that of a LCD monitor or even the best tablet PC in the market at least for reading.

They are also considerably lightweight, though Kindle DX is heavier at 18.9 ounces (536g). The regular Kindle is no more than 10 ounces (283g). Thus, they have earned the informal title of “perfect traveling buddy.” The latter can be easily tucked inside small bags or carry-on luggage.

Both models permit users to connect to the Internet. After all, this is how they download e-books. And even if DX doesn’t have Wi-Fi connectivity, it possesses 3G. Simply put, as long as there’s a mobile phone signal, users have a higher chance of browsing the Internet. Moreover, Amazon offers faster-than-lightning download speed. Within 60 seconds, you’ll already have the title you prefer.

Kindle DX and typical Kindles can store thousands of books, which users can read not just for days but for weeks. Kindle DX’s battery lasts for a full week if wireless is on and close to a month if it’s off. On other hand, typical Kindle’s is good for one month at wireless off or 10 days with wireless on.

Amazon has also made Kindle available all over the world. Kindle DX, for example, is available in around 100 countries.

For easier search and browsing, all Kindle editions are sold with a fully functional and responsive QWERTY keyboard. They differ, however, in terms of keypad sizes, that of the Kindle DX being smaller.

At first glance, Kindles are expensive, especially DX, which is sold at whopping $379. In the long run, however, they allow users to save on eBooks since actual prints especially hard covers are more expensive. Moreover, Amazon already has thousands of titles to choose from, a number of which are free to download or have free chapters for you to enjoy. They also have text-to-speech feature, just in case you don’t want to read but listen to the words. 

How Does the Kindle DX Stand Out?

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If you’re going to spend close to $400 for a DX, then you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth, and the good news is you do.

First off, DX already has a native PDF reader. The regular Kindle makes use of a less-than-reliable converter, which takes a lot of time and is tedious. With DX, you can skip the process as it reads PDF files right away. Moreover, it reads close to 90 percent of PDF files (it doesn’t seem to work well with those that have notes or annotations). DX has the capability to let you zoom in documents up to 300 percent to easily spot or read very small details. Whispernet also permits you to send documents straight to your Kindle. DX, moreover, lets you read Office documents by converting them to PDF via Amazon or own your own.

Perhaps the biggest—and the most conspicuous difference—lies in the size. DX boasts of 9.7 inches of screen diagonally. That’s 3 times the size of the regular Kindle. This is greatly advantageous since you can spend less time scrolling the pages. The screen also makes DX completely advisable for regular readers of newspapers, magazines, and journals. This is basically one of the reasons why it’s been utilized by a number of educational institutions, such as the Kindle DX Pilot Project at University of Washington . And despite the size, it still remains incredibly thin.

DX is also equipped with an accelerometer. The device allows you to change orientation from landscape to portrait and vice versa very quickly. It also provides great views of graphs, images, and tables. Further, it renders very rich website images, though the device doesn’t support Flash or videos. It doesn’t have Wi-Fi, yes, but it has 3G, and it’s available to users completely for free. The best part, you can download books in over 100 countries. It also stands to Amazon’s commitment, which is to let you download your well-loved titles in a minute.

The keyboards in Kindles are not the best, but the one DX possesses is somewhat better than the regular Kindle. You’re less prone to accidentally pressing keys as the pads are smaller. You also need to press Shift before you can activate the numbers. (Keyboards, however, are the least of your worries since you spend most of your time reading.)

It’s not unusual to wish that Kindle works like an iPhone, which has a multi-touch screen. Or perhaps like a tablet PC that allows you to download a lot of apps. But Kindles, especially Kindle DX, are neither one of them. Instead, they focus on what they do really best: pleasurable and enriched reading experience. 
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