Feeds
75%
Kindle_DX_SM

Amazon Kindle DX

What a difference extra inches make

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

At 546g - a hefty 250g more weighty than the 6in model, but still less than the 730g 3G Apple iPad - the DX is certainly one of the heavier e-book readers about. But since it's also lighter than the average hardback book, that really makes no odds.

Amazon Kindle DX

Can also be used as a tea-tray?

The DX comes with 4GB of storage - or 3.3GB after the operating system has taken its bite - which is twice what the Kindle 2 provides and goes some way towards ameliorating the lack of memory card expansion.

Of course, as with the Kindle 2, you can store purchased books on Amazon's servers and re-download them when needed. With a MobiPocket file of Dumas' The Three Musketeers taking up less than 800KB, and the AZW file of The Lord of the Rings occupying just over 3.3MB, that 3.3GB is sufficient to house a rather big library of some very long books.

Many technical strengths and weaknesses are carried over from the Kindle 2. So the text-to-speech facility is laughably bad, the music player is so basic we can hardly bring ourselves to call it a music player, the web browser doesn't work outside of the good 'ole US of A, and there is no support for the ePub e-book format, while audio file support of limited to MP3 and Audible. Common text files can be read on the DX but doing so involves e-mailing them to Amazon for automatic transcoding, which is a bit of a palaver.

Amazon Kindle DX

Just as shiny as an iPad?

On the up side, the built-in HSDPA wireless module lets you buy books from Amazon without recourse to a PC, and all the basic e-book reader functions are well covered, including the ability to place multiple bookmarks in multiple books, and make and attach notes to book pages.

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Next page: Verdict

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.