Amazon Kindle DX 

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This is the larger version of the Kindle (reviewed around six weeks ago) A lot of the features are the same and should you already have some Kindle books you can view them on either unit, the main advantage more words per page.

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Amazon Kindle DX
eBook reader

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$489 plus UK VAT
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The larger Kindle DX measures 26.5x18x.6cm and weights 460grams. The viewable screen area is 20x14cm. Below the screen is a 35 key alpha numeric keyboard spread over four lines. Great for making electronic notes in whatever you are reading.

The top edge has the on/off slider as well as a 3.5mm earbud jack. The right side has a volume control rock. The base has a pair of small but effective speakers for those who prefer their special books read to them as well as the USB/Mains lead entry point. This lead can go to USB or fit directly into supplied mains plug to charge from the mains.

All the controls are on the right edge. Home, Previous Page, Next Page, Menu and Back, the last two have the ubiquitous five position joystick button between them to allow you to navigate through the menu structure.

Probably too large to fit in any normal pocket and with a screen it does need some protection out of the home environment, I see lots of companies falling over themselves to offer all types of cases to protect your investment. Whereas the smaller unit would fit in a lot of pockets it still requires protection for the delicate screen.

The beauty of such devices is that more than a thousand books can be carried with you, superb for any student. The larger screen means far more information can be displayed on a single screen. In the case of PDF files no scrolling of enlargement should be required to view comfortably on this larger ‘DX’ model of the Kindle.

Again for anyone learning/studying the built in dictionary is great for those who need definitions for unknown words.

Unlike other such devices the only book loaded on the Kindle is the very comprehensive User Guide. Of course they would like you to purchase all your books from the Kindle store and unlike the book on paper delivery is all but instant as the download takes place using Wispernet a wireless network using mobile technology (at no cost to you). This is very quick and providing you are not in a terrible mobile signal area most books should take less than a minute to download.

You can upload your own texts and PDF files to a PC plug in the USB lead and sync your Kindle with the PC, this means that your books reside on both the Kindle and the PC. Another beauty of Wispernet is that it knows where the page you last read is and will open the book at that point when you next start to read. As an example you read to page 35 on the Kindle then carried on reading from that point on your PC until say page 84. Then next day (or week) you carry on reading on the Kindle not from page 35 but from page 84, very clever.

I have tried to mention features not covered in the previous review so please read both reviews to get the full picture. The beauty of this technology is that leaving it on at a page uses no power (unless you disable the feature) it will turn off after a set time. All the time you are viewing that page NO POWER is being used. The only power is used to turn the page; the Kindle is quite able to display monochrome graphics and pictures.

Like the other model it must be purchased from Amazom.Com, however delivery from the USA is said to be two days, as stated above any books you buy from the Kindle store are delivered almost instantly by mobile wireless.

The Kindle DX costs $489 including free shipping from the link below.

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