Pros Large display, excellent reading experience. Lightweight with excellent battery life. Huge range of titles.
Cons Personally I don't like the new colour, it a bit "techie" compared with the older DX. It is still quite pricey, though if you're a avid reader this probably isn't so much of a problem. Why the review even mentions the iPad I don't know.
Summary The hardware itself isn't the main draw here, as it should be. This device has an excellent large display, it isn't quite as good as actual paper to read, but it isn't that far behind. The refresh cycle is faster than older models and while still slightly distracting it isn't really a problem anymore. The typeface looks great, and has sizes to suit almost all readers. Reading PDFs is a little "hit and miss", especially with PDFs designed for a colour display, but mostly they are okay.
The real attraction of this device isn't actually the device at all, rather the excellent bookstore for Kindle Books, there is a huge selection of titles and they load quickly. It is this that is the secret of why a Kindle is worthwhile and even an e-reader with better specs wouldn't measure up in the short term.
Of course, this device is rather pointless if you're just wanting to read novels - the new "Kindle" been a better bet, but if you're wanting to read textbooks especially those with illustrations, graphs and charts the extra screen size make the Kindle DX a natural fit.
As for as a comparison with the iPad, I don't think the devices compare at all. The iPad is a general purpose device, the Kindle DX is a purely one use device - an e-reader, it does other jobs so poorly that it isn't worth considering them. Conversely if does e-reader so well that for most buyers that's more than enough to justify the cost (or its smaller sibling the "Kindle"). The only caveat being that the iPad does glossy colour - if these are the kinds of books you wish to read then it is a better device for you. For everyone else the light weight, greater battery life and e-ink display of the Kindle DX make it a better choice (as an e-reader). Additionally the iPad has an excellent "Kindle App" and I can see either the Kindle or the Kindle DX appealing to many iPad owners (the books can be read across devices with both keeping in sync with the current position in the text).
Pros Ample screen size makes this the best e-reader for reading. As always the e-ink allows extending reading not only for the battery, but for my eyes. There is a lot of potential for the wireless for free local publications.
Cons The price is still too serious for what you get. No screen lighting of any fashion. It may kill on power but reading in my bed would be easier for others if I didn't need an external source of lighting. More newspapers need to be on board.
Summary Despite the price, the Kindle DX is still a great performer. If they would knock it down to about $250 I think we will finally hear the end of reviewers and people wrongly trying to compare it to an iPad. If only more newspaper publications, espeically free ones, would make themselves available. Can you imagine traveling and having local papers synced at your desire to the device?
In one area where I will bring up the iPad, is the book pricing itself. No thanks to Apple's book deal prices on Kindle books have risen. It is ridiculous for the Kindle version of new releases to be $3 more than the printed version. There is no justification for that. It eliminates the primary advantage one once came to enjoy with the Kindle.
Pros Very clear text, reads PDF better than first DX, works as a basic web browser with no charges using 3G (not realistic with earlier DX); long battery life
Cons No color, understandably slow and very basic as web browser
Summary With the right kind of cover (available from third party), the Kindle DX can be propped up. It's hard to find a book as easy to read as the Kindle DX in that position. (Even with a reading stand, one needs to deal with the pages which often won't stay in position.) The ease of reading is, of course, mainly due to the clarify to of the font (which can be adjusted), which is one of the Kindle DX's strongest features.
For the first time a Kindle reader is genuinely usable for PDF files. This is partly due to the new hardware and partly due to software improvements which, for example, allow zooming. This does require some adjustments on the part of the reader and may not offer the perfect PDF reading experience, but it works acceptably (without color).
Another first is the existence of an adequate even if basic web browser. On previous Kindles this was either so slow or so primitive that it was, in my experience, too frustrating to use. But on the new Kindle DX, one could reasonably go online to read email, check the weather (radar maps are, of course, sluggish), or read an online newspaper, and this can be done with 3G for free (unlike the iPad). Of course it won't work if you need color or fast graphics, so it's no substitute for a laptop and won't do what a 3G iPad will do. But I would certainly use it rather than pay the outrageous daily fees some hotels charge for wifi.
Overall, I think it is an excellent product worth considering if it meets your needs, understanding its limitations.
"Still too expensive"on by geneven
Pros Bigger than the other Kindle.
Cons Too expensive.
Summary Its obvious that the prices of these readers is falling. The price fall is needed to emphasize the advantages of these Kindles to the iPad. I think that another version of the DX will soon appear, so this one is a particularly bad purchase at this time. I sent off for the smaller one, wireless version, myself. I have the older one already. If you already have wireless at home, there is no big reason to have the ability to download books while on the road -- just download more before you leave town.
Pros Performs basics of purchase, download and reading a few books very well.
Cons When loaded it behaves like Windows ME (remember?). SLOW. I mean maybe a 5 minute wait! SPONTANEOUS REBOOTS may take even longer to complete! Even when all you did was hit the page button.
Summary Best practices in software engineering have obviously not been followed. No thought has been given to user ease, as seen in such things as inability to easily sort by collections; meaning of the word collection differs across websites, devices and apps. NO systems engineering has been done to make all these applications perform cohesively as a product family. I.e., written and thoroughly reviewed product and software requirements specifications. Thorough system testing with a loaded up device would have detected all the above mentioned issues.
If you will have many books, I suggest getting an iPad for your Kindle books. Then get a Kindle for reading in the sun, but don't load it up.
My biggest suggestion is to Amazon:
FIRE ALL YOUR SOFTWARE TEAMS, TOP TO BOTTOM.
Especially at the top; however, a good team would have made these products successful IN SPITE of MANAGEMENT. Hire American contractors, from Director of Software Engineering, on down.