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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 19 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 19 2009

We've had some much-anticipated and long-awaited gadgets land at SlashGear this week, so we've gone overboard with unboxing videos and hands-on galleries.  The Verizon MiFi 2200 only had its official announcement earlier this week, but we've been waiting for the Novatel EVDO-hotspot for so long you must forgive us some excitement.  Meanwhile the Vodafone HTC Magic has the honor of being only the second Android phone to the market, while the Tonium Pacemaker manages to offer something unique in a sea of PMPs.

Only 300 students to trial Kindle DX

Only 300 students to trial Kindle DX

Amazon's textbook push with the Kindle DX will kick off not only with a publisher partnership but in a headline-grabbing real-world trial at six partner universities.  However according to information from one university exec, only around 300 students will be given the 9.7-inch E Ink Kindle DX to try out - and that's the number across all of the institutions, not at each.

Amazon Kindle DX Video hands-on

Amazon Kindle DX Video hands-on

After the official announcement we had the chance to go hands-on with the new Amazon Kindle DX, and despite the overall family resemblance it feels a very different device to the Kindle 2.  Where that e-reader prioritizes the hand-feel and portability of a paperback, the Kindle DX feels decidedly more work-oriented.  The bigger screen - which refreshes a little slower than that of the Kindle 2, but not frustratingly so - is 1,200 x 824 resolution and 150ppi, and while still grayscale feels far more useful than that of its smaller sibling.

Full Kindle DX live gallery and demo video after the cut

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Amazon Kindle DX liveblog today! 10.30am ET

Amazon Kindle DX liveblog today! 10.30am ET

There are less than four hours to go until Amazon's press conference in New York this morning, and SlashGear will be live-blogging the whole event (http://live.slashgear.com/) to bring you all the news as it's announced.  We're expecting to see Amazon take to the stage and launch a new ebook reader, the Kindle DX, with a 9.7-inch E Ink display, Whispernet wireless connectivity and a new line of digital textbooks to make this every student's best study-buddy.

Along with the Kindle DX, there's talk of a new range of newspaper subscriptions at lower prices than they're currently offered; the New York Times is said to be dropping its monthly fees from $13.99 to $9.95.  There's also rumored to be a new web browser on the Kindle DX, though details are scant.

As usual, the liveblog will be at http://live.slashgear.com/ and will use our nifty auto-refresh so all you need do is sit back and read.  The Amazon press conference kicks off at 10.30am ET and our man Vincent Nguyen is already in New York waiting for it to begin, so join us for the liveblog!

Amazon Kindle DX images leak: 9.7-inch E Ink screen

Amazon Kindle DX images leak: 9.7-inch E Ink screen

Is this the new Amazon Kindle DX?  According to one source, you're looking at Amazon's new, larger-screen ebook reader, complete with a 9.7-inch E Ink display (versus the Kindle 2's 6-inch panel) and QWERTY keyboard squeezed down to the very bottom.  As we suggested might be the case yesterday, it looks like textbooks, not newspapers, are the Kindle DX's target: at least one university has claimed to be taking part in a trial where students will be provided with the new device and preloaded textbooks.

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