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Amazon Kindle DX Gets Price Drop, Upgraded Screen

Andy Vandervell


Amazon Kindle DX Gets Price Drop, Upgraded Screen

News from the land of Amazon reveals that the Kindle DX, the larger, brawnier cousin to the original Kindle, is getting an upgraded screen and a price reduction to boot - huzzah!

First the price, which originally stood at a hefty $489, is now a still hefty but slightly more palatable $379. This follows a similar price cut for the original Kindle, moves no doubt intended to compete more favourably with the iPad.

More pertinently, the 9.7-inch screen, which does such a decent job of displaying books and newspapers already, is now claimed to boast 50 per cent better contrast. It's still black and white, of course, and sticks with the same 1,200 x 824 resolution as before, but the improved contrast ratio (quoted as 10:1) should make the reading experience sharper and less straining than ever.

Other features remain the same, with 4GB of internal memory supplied and battery life that's measured in weeks rather than hours. As we discussed in the podcast last week, we reckon ebook readers need to be a lot cheaper before they go mainstream, but in the meantime this will do nicely.



Digital Fury

July 2, 2010, 4:32 pm

Meh - a day late and a dollar short.


July 2, 2010, 4:48 pm

Although far less impressive, If I was a serious reader, I would much prefer to read on this screen than the ipads. Its more paper like by the looks of the reviews I've read. Much easier on the eyes during prolonged reading sessions. Am I right?


July 2, 2010, 5:58 pm

@J4cK1505: Yes, if your a serious book reader, E-Ink is the best way to go. Not so much for been easer on the eye, but for it's DayLight & it's very light battery usage. For casual reading the IPad's shouldn't be a problem, I've been reading Winnie-The-Poo to our 3 year old even on the IPhone screens recently, not sure he's getting into the story thought, but he does like turning the pages. :)


July 2, 2010, 9:31 pm

@Article: It's not the price of the e-readers which is stopping me from getting one, but rather the price of the books.


July 3, 2010, 6:44 pm

Despite working IT, and being a Data Junkie I've always much preferred to escape to a traditional paper book.


July 4, 2010, 2:46 am

Was just about to purchase a UK one, then found out they'll only send out skanky white ones to the UK and not the graphite I was after. Cheers


July 4, 2010, 4:05 pm

I am able to pre-order a Graphite from the amazon.co.uk website in Belgium here.

You will indeed first see the white models only but after some more searches/link clickies I found the new Graphite DX Global Wireless. They made it a bit tricky as even a "Graphite" search will not list you the new model.

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