The second version of the Kindle, called the Kindle 2, was released in February of 2009. Now, only about four months later, Amazon surprised everyone with another Kindle – the Kindle DX. The DX is larger and has some new features, but is it really better? We set out to find out!

The Kindle DX, as shown in Figure 1, comes in a plain black Styrofoam/cardboard box that is molded to cradle it on the bottom and sides. This is covered with a thick black paper pouch that has the Amazon Kindle name in the center with alphabet letters strewn about.

Amazon Kindle DX ReviewFigure 1: The Kindle DX in its package

Inside the box is the Kindle DX, a small black 6-page getting started guide, a USB cable, and a plug that can be attached to the USB cable for charging from an electrical wall outlet.

Amazon Kindle DX ReviewFigure 2: What’s in the box.

The first thing that strikes you about the Kindle DX, as shown in Figure 3, is that it is big.

Amazon Kindle DX ReviewFigure 3: The Kindle DX.

The Kindle DX has a 9.7” diagonal display and measures 10.4" x 7.2" x 0.38" (26.4 x 18.3 x 0.96 cm). The chart below compares the size, display, storage, weight, and price of the Kindle DX and the Kindle 2.

  Kindle DX Kindle  2
Size (in.) 10.4" x 7.2" x 0.38" 8" x 5.3" x 0.36"
Size (cm.) 26.4 x 18.3 x 0.96 cm 20.3 x 13.5 x 0.91 cm
Display 9.7” diagonal 6” diagonal
Storage 3,500 books 1,500 books
Weight 18.9 oz (536 g) 10.2 oz (290 g)
Price USD 489 USD 299

Sandy Berger, respected computer authority, journalist, media guest, speaker, and author, has more than three decades of experience as a computer and technology expert. Her eight books include: How to Have a Meaningful Relationship with Your Computer, Your Official Grown-up’s Guide to AOL and the Internet, Cyber Savers –Tips & Tricks for Today’s Drowning Computer Users, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Better Living through Technology, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to the Internet, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Gadgets & Gizmos, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Health & Wellness, and Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Travel. Sandy’s newspaper column, magazine articles, feature stories, product reviews, and computer tips can be found at her website, Compu-KISS.