Amazon's Kindle DX was announced back at the beginning of May, but it's taken until now for the first of the oversized ebook readers to reach buyers' hands. The Kindle DX begins shipping this week, promising more E Ink real estate, more memory, and more file-type support on top of the Kindle 2's existing Whispernet wireless and other features. Is bigger necessarily better? SlashGear put on our reading glasses and set to finding out.
The differences between the Kindle 2 and the new Kindle DX are obvious: a 9.7-inch E Ink monochrome display dominates the front panel, offering around 2.5x the space of the smaller ebook reader and squashing the QWERTY keyboard into tic-tac tininess at the bottom. Amazon has obviously worked hard to minimize the screen's impact on the overall chassis, with mixed results. It's a scant 0.02-inches thicker than the Kindle 2, at 0.38-inches, with a metal back-plate lending stiffness, but the left-side page controls have been dropped.
Make sure to click through for the full review, photo gallery and unboxing/walkthrough video of the Amazon Kindle DX.
Foxit brought their eSlick Reader along to Computex last week, and they're still positioning it as a more flexible, cheaper alternative to the Amazon Kindle 2. Priced at $259.99, the 6-inch ebook reader lacks wireless connectivity but, as jkkmobile's hands-on video shows, it's a compact and highly-portable device.
Video hands-on after the cut
Pixel Qi's 3Qi display may be drawing attention right now, but Mary Lou Jepsen should stay on her toes: Samsung's LCD arm have been demonstrating a 10.2-inch color e-paper display that's capable of showing video. The panel, which was shown at the recent SID expo, incorporates both e-ink and LCD technology, switching between "memory mode" and "dynamic mode" pixels.
The Amazon Kindle may be sitting pretty as the best-known ebook reader out there right now, but all that could change if some of the new breed of e-ink devices have their way. Computex 2009 has seen a few new designs introduced, often packing various wireless technologies and/or touchscreens. IAC stacks up the wireless, with WiMAX, EVDO and WiFi, while Netronix has been showing multiple sizes from 6-inches through to 9.7-inches.
Video demos after the cut
E-reader manufacturer iRex have announced [pdf link] that they intend to have a color, writable ebook reader on the market by 2011. The device, which is currently unnamed, will use a system of subtractive color mixing which, according to iRex, results in three times the brightness of existing additive color electrophoretic displays.
It may look like a slightly washed-out standard netbook screen, but this is actually one of Pixel Qi's amazing 3Qi indoor/outdoor/e-ink panel prototypes being shown at Computex. As well as being usable as a standard LCD display, the 3Qi panel can be flipped into a monochrome e-ink mode that's incredibly power-frugal and very easy to read even in direct sunlight.
Video demo after the cut
E Ink, the e-paper specialists behind the displays used in Amazon's Kindle ebook reader, Sony's Reader, the keyboard of the Samsung Alias 2 cellphone and various other devices, has been acquired by Prime View International (PVI). The deal, which valued E Ink at $215m, sees the e-paper IP and technology specialists now combined with the manufacturers of the panels themselves.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has suggested that a color Kindle will not reach the market for "multiple years". Speaking at the company's annual shareholder's meeting this week, Bezos told investors that he has "seen the color displays in the laboratory" but that they are "not ready for prime time". The CEO also suggested that sales figures of the Kindle ebook reader will never be officially released.
Pixel Qi have finally demonstrated their clever 3Qi screen, which mixes together indoor and outdoor readability together with an e-paper mode. The same panel is used in both halves of this picture: on the left, it's set to full color saturation with its backlight on, while on the right the backlight is off and the panel is in e-paper mode. The latter will be incredibly power-frugal, as e-paper only draws power when changing the display, not to maintain an image.
After the cut, outdoor readability demonstrated
Plastic Logic brought along their latest e-reader prototype to the D7 conference, and they've spilled a few more details ahead of the E Ink slate's 2010 launch. The touchscreen device now has an on-screen QWERTY keyboard and a pop-up toolbar with navigation options; there's also confirmed WiFi and 3G data.
Video demo after the cut