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Amazon Kindle DX Review

Amazon Kindle DX Review

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.

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IAC & Netronix E-Book readers: touchscreens, WiMAX, EVDO & HSPA

IAC & Netronix E-Book readers: touchscreens, WiMAX, EVDO & HSPA

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

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Color Kindle won’t launch for “multiple years”

Color Kindle won’t launch for “multiple years”

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 demo 3Qi indoor/outdoor/e-ink netbook display

Pixel Qi demo 3Qi indoor/outdoor/e-ink netbook display

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

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