I jest. Today, Amazon has lifted the veil on the new Kindle DX with much fanfare, and hopes that the struggling newspaper and magazine industry will find rejuvenated love with the Amazon Kindle’s bigger brother.
At first glance, the Amazon Kindle DX looks like it’s going to be a crowd-pleaser with its 9.7 inch e-ink (reads like paper) screen that works in either portrait or landscape mode. At 18.9 ounces and 1/3″ inch deep, the DX will be no thicker than your last issue of Esquire, fractions lighter than your hardback War & Peace, and cleaner than shuffling through your local paper… that is if you still read your local paper. The Kindle DX continues with the 3G Sprint EVDO wireless access (free) to download books, newspapers, blogs, PDFs, images, and email instantly and storing them on the built-in 4GB of memory. Some analysis and a list of features can be found after the jump.
There’s a lot riding on the Kindle DX. As a professional in the media industry, I can say that there are probably a lot of jobs indirectly tied to the success of the Kindle DX (and devices like it).
Amazon’s included what appears to be a truly handy 5-way controller that lets you quickly flip between articles for fast/easy newspaper browsing. That’s no coincidence. Amazon’s looking to earn the loyalty and praise of newspaper and magazine subscribers along with book readers. Yes, only time will tell whether the interface and use of the Kindle DX will hold up, but here’s hoping.
I’ve always been a traditionalist when it comes to reading books, magazines, and newspapers – preferring the visceral medium of paper and the glossiness of magazines. There’s something to be said about the quality writers, designers, and printers collaboratively bring to the table versus ad-laden, hodge-podge websites (ahem) run by unqualified pundits. It goes without saying that this editor has a personal interest to see where things go with the Kindle DX. Maybe (just maybe) that’s why I’m about to pre-order one.
- Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines
- Holds up to 3,500 books, periodicals, and documents
- 9.7″ diagonal e-ink screen reads like real paper; boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and sharp images
- Display auto-rotates from portrait to landscape as you turn the device so you can view full-width maps, graphs, tables, and Web pages on the Auto-Rotating Screen
- Native PDF support allows you to carry and read all of your personal and professional documents on the go with the built-in PDF reader
- 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle DX, anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, no annual contracts, and no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots
- You get free wireless delivery of books in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
- Read for days without recharging
- With the text-to-speech feature, Kindle DX can read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book’s rights holder made the feature unavailable
- Over 275,000 books; New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are only $9.99, unless marked otherwise
- U.S. and international newspapers including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, magazines including The New Yorker and Time, plus popular blogs, all auto-delivered wirelessly
Note: Gear Patrol’s working to make sure we get our grubby hands on the Kindle DX as soon as it’s available. As an aside, we’re already wrapping up our review on the Kindle 2 and will be publishing that soon.
Cost: $489 (preorder)