Kindle DX Wireless Reading
Amazon introduced a new version of its Kindle DX wireless reading service on Thursday morning at a much lower price than the previous version. The price is said to have dropped from $489 to $379.
This latest generation e-reader which comes with free 3G wireless; is expected to be released on July 7, 2010 and preorders will be fulfilled on a first-come first-serve basis.
With no annual contracts or monthly payments, this “magazine-thin” Amazon e-reader comes with the following new feature:
High Contrast E-Ink Screen
The only visible difference between the original Kindle DX and the new Kindle DX latest generation, as it is called, is the new improved electronic ink display (10:1 contrast ratio), which Amazon says is 50% better and offers images and text of a much higher quality. It comes with a new graphite case, which helps dark text to stand out against the background.
Here are some of the other features that already exist in the original Kindle DX and Kindle US:
- 9.7” display.
- Free 3G wireless.
- Long battery life with a single charge lasting up to 2 weeks and with the wireless on, for 1 week.
- Can hold 3,500 books or documents.
- Ability to post interesting passages to social networks like Twitter and Facebook.
- Popular Highlights allows users to highlight their favorite passages which will be reflected in the book along with the number of people that highlighted it.
- The “Collections” feature allows users to categorize their libraries making it easier to access.
- Zooming a paragraph up to 300% and pan it to view the smaller print easily.
- Locking with password protection when not in use.
- Experimental category contains new features that Amazon hopes users will try and give their feedback on.
- Read-to-me reads the text out loud and turns pages automatically. The choice of male or female voice is an additional attraction.
- The Web Browser facility makes it easy to read text-based websites.
- MP3 files can be transferred via USB and played as background music while reading.
Originally introduced in May 2009, the DX has not really taken off, partly because of the high price. When compared to the standard-sized Kindle which costs $189, the Kindle DX is priced closer to Apple iPad, diverting many a buyer.
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Amazon, not giving up on its large screen Kindle, made The Kindle DX latest generation quite compelling not only with the improved screen contrast but also from the price point. It is said to be a great buy for people who have not already invested in the previous version of Kindle DX.