Kindle DXG: The EReader With Big Screen Bravado
I’ve done lots of research and I thought I’d share what I found with you. Hopefully, it will make your decision about buying a Kindle DXG a little easier.
If you love the convenience and selection of books and other reading material available with an ebook reader, but hate straining to read on the smaller screens available, the Kindle DXG will become your favourite baby.
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What’s The Kindle DXG All About?
The Kindle DXG or, more accurately, the Kindle DX 3G is the largest of the Kindle ebook readers with a 9.7″ screen (diagonally).
The Kindle DXG not only has a larger screen, but it also features the latest generation E Ink Pearl technology offering 50% better contrast for super sharp pictures and crystal clear text.
With this larger screen, the Kindle DXG comes with a bigger price tag as well at $379 (down from about $490 in its infancy), making it the priciest member of the Kindle family. Other versions of Kindles vary in price points, starting at $79 for the basic Kindle to the Kindle Touchpad at $99-$149 (available for preorder)and the Kindle Keyboard versions which run from $99-$139.
Update: The Kindle Fire is now available for US orders. Price: $199.
Kindle DXG Pros:
I’m not going to go all technical on you here. If you want the techy specs, please go directly to the Kindle website here.
Okay, for the rest of us =), here goes…
- The biggest plus of the Kindle DXG is the large, easy-to-read screen. This is a big deal for anyone who has trouble viewing the smaller screens on other ebook readers
- Large screen accommodates PDFs much better for increased readability
- New E Ink Pearl Technology allows you to read in bright sunlight
- Free 3G Wireless connection means no extra fees or contracts – you just download the books you want anytime
- Long battery life – 1 week life with wireless on, 2-3 weeks when off
- Nice fast download speed
- Slim profile at 1/3″
- Global wireless coverage
- Huge storage of up to 3500 documents
- Zoom capabilities
- Read-To-Me feature allows the Kindle DXG to read books out loud
- Amazing selection of books, newspapers, blogs at your fingertips
Kindle DXG Cons:
- No touchscreen
- Larger size may present comfort issues for some people, but can be eliminated for the most part by using a Kindle cover, which give the user the feeling of holding an actual book
- Some glare on directed light
- Not easy to jump back and forth in technical documents
- Keyboard is awkward for some
Real Buyer Reviews:
“I have found nearly all the aspects of my Kindle to be excellent. I would query the fact that it seems to need re-charging much more often than expected i.e about every week when the usage may be only an hour a day. I would have hoped for a rather brighter screen background and wonder can this be adjusted? Otherwise the device has been a lot of fun and very rewarding.” – Jim
“I Love my Kindle. It is easy to read and you can take it with you almost anywhere. The Web is a bit slow…… And the cost, too much. The service is great. I have become an avid reader and enjoy the heck out of it. Where ever I go…it goes. My wife bought it for me for a gift, and other than the price, I can’t think of anything I would have liked better.” – Clyde Said It
“I’ve been using my Kindle for a couple of months and I love it! I resent the limitations for outside US customers (no active content, no web browser except wikipedia) and I would change the management of the collections, allowing you to see the books’ covers as if on a bookshelf. But beside this Kindle is really awesome: reading is pleasant, buying books is way too easy, I do love it!” – Elisa
“I purchased this product specifically for storing and reading learning materials for my course. It is so easy to read I find I can read at least twice as much compared with reading hard copies and even more than that when reading from a screen. No eye strain, headaches, and best of all I can take it with me anywhere and make the most of my time. I have had it 3 weeks and have not had to charge it yet, Amazing. It has become my newest best friend.” – Cheza
It seems like there are a lot of people who have bought the Kindle DXG and absolutely love it. From what I can tell, people who were the most satisfied with their purchase of the Kindle DXG were those who wanted a large ebook reader mostly for reading books, newspapers and magazines. For this, the Kindle DXG excels.
While PDFs are easier to read on the larger screen, there are some issues to be ironed out with the ease of access from page to page. It seems to be the best PDF reader in class, regardless.
While the Kindle DXG does have web browser capabilities, this isn’t its best capability, as there seems to be some lagging and choppiness. If you intend to use this to retrieve MOBIs occasionally though, it will do the trick.
All in all, the Kindle DXG is a good solid ebook reader and a winner for people who want large screen capabilities, super fast downloading, global accessibility and huge selection of reading material to choose from.