A few weeks ago the stupid side of me left the Kindle 2 in the seat pocket on the flight back from Atlanta to LaGuardia. Leah bought me the Kindle DX as a birthday/X’mas present to replace the Kindle 2. After using the DX for 7 days, here is what I’ve found so far.
- Larger e-ink screen, longer reading between page flip
- PDF reading — printing web pages into PDF allows me to read longer articles on web sites while working out in the gym.
- Auto rotation — allowing to operate the Next/Prev Page buttons with either hand
- Not as large as it looks in pictures
- Amazon case for DX with magnetic clasp
- Keyboard feels better to type on — pill-shape, raise keys are so much nicer than the round keys on the Kindle 2
- Larger and heavier — still manageable with backpack but not coat pocket-able.
- Not as many choices in cases
And the Ugly:
- Doesn’t come with case, despite increased probabilities of damaging the huge e-ink screen
After watching the FedEx's tracking page like a hawk last week, my Kindle 2 arrived on Thursday just in time for me to take it with me for the Alt.NET weekend in Seattle. The flights between Seattle and Newark allowed me to spend hours reading on the new Kindle. Instead of giving a full hands-on review (plenty can be found on the interweb), I'll give some comparisons with the original Kindle.
I met Brian Donahue at ALT.NET in Seattle a couple of months back, and earlier this evening he tweeted that he was curious how well code in PDF would display on the Kindle. So I replied and told him I'll try it out and show him the result.