Pros Nice screen, quite reasonable for reading pdfs.
Cons 1) no touchscreen.
2) no useful way to manage large numbers of pdfs- a basic requirement for academic work.
3) no wifi.
Summary I'm a university professor and have been experimenting
with the DX since Friday. This device really has the
potential to be a powerful and ubiquitous academic
tool- it really is possible to read academic PDFs on
this device- the mainstay of academic work.
But I must emphasize the word "potential"!
While all of the issues highlighted in this review
heavily degrade the academic utility of the DX (nice
review!), there is an even bigger problem, at least
for upper level undergraduates, graduate students,
postdocs and professors:
The Kindle offers no way to organize the thousands of
journal article and book chapter PDFs that are the
bread and butter of academic work. We are left with
only a list of thousands of titles or authors, often
incorrectly scanned from the pdfs. There is no way to
use folders, pages of tags or any other efficient and
effective way to manage the large numbers of academic
pdfs that are required to make a "paperless" academic
If no workaround becomes or will become available
(I've emailed Amazon about this- still awaiting a
reply), I will be forced to return the Kindle DX by
the end of the week- it just can't do what it needs to
do to justify owning it.
Amazon- are you listening?
Pros I really like the e-ink screen and the lack of a backlight in my eyes. Every serious reader needs one of these. Most pdf's display well with the screen turned on its side.
Cons Expensive, really needs a way to organize books into folders, should include the nice but overpriced book cover that's a must if you intend to take your Kindle anywhere.
Summary Ignoring cost: buy one. It is so much nicer than reading eBooks on a laptop. Anyone who says that the internal memory is inadequate for books simply can't do math. Sprint's 3G wireless network transfers books in seconds. My computers see the Kindle as a USB flash drive and pdf's and mobi's drag and drop effortlessly under Windows and Linux. The simple, standard USB charger is a greatly appreciated touch.
"dissatisfied"on by usclassic
Pros It worked fine for a short while
Cons After using Kindle dx for approx 4 times and and keeping it safely in a computer bag, kindle service department tells me I broke the internal screen. It was less than 60 days old. They offer to replace it for $350 more dollars.
Summary The service person on the phone was rude, not helpful, in general a bad experience.
This obviously incredibly fragile product should be removed from the market.
Pros pleasant reading experience...easy access to amazon store and download encourage reading
Cons flip from landscape to portrait happens too easily. i read on the couch and if i change position even a little it flips
Summary i like the much bigger screen. i already have a smart phone for a portable device so the smaller kindle wasn't different enough from that. they should have included a basic carrying case for the $500
"Awesome E Reader"on by psychguru
Pros Screen Size, User Friendly, Rotating Screen, Native PDF Support
Cons Price and the extra cost of a cover.
Summary I bought a Kindle 1 on eBay to see if I would like the reading experience. I did, very much so and when I saw the KIndle DX I pre-ordered it. Except for the price of the device I am very happy with it and it's large screen size. The K1 looks like a toy in comparison. With respect to price if you check eBay these readers have a very high resale value, I have seen from 50 to 70%. I have to read with a larger font size than normal so I have less page turning and more of a book reading experience. Plus the e-ink technology looks to be more advanced with a sharper image with better contrast and the processor speed is faster. I have yet to check it out with PDF's. The K1 was an ergonomic disaster in my opinion. It is hard to hold it without inadvertently hitting a button, this new set up is much better. I should add that I am right handed so I do not miss the buttons on the left side but that can be corrected somewhat while viewing in the landscape format. Great device if money is not an issue. Much has been made of the extra weight but I find holding it comfortable and the extra eight ounces is worth it to have the large screen size.