New Kindle DX, as compared to the old Kindle DX

I’m sort of an eReader junkie. I love ’em, for some odd reason. I have seven of the suckers, and the newest member of the McNulty eReader family is the Kindle DX, second gen.

What makes the new DX different than the old DX? It is cheaper (hurrah!), the case is graphite, and Amazon claims that the eInk (that’s the screen technology used in the Kindle) has 50% better contrast.

Is it true? What better way to find out than taking some pictures that compare and contrast (I’m so funny) the two. Check out the whole Flickr set, and read on for the highlights.

At first glance, the new DX is much crisper. I’ll write a full review after spending a little more time with the DX.

The new Kindle DX is on the left, the old on the right:

The Kindle DX family

Here both Kindles are displaying the first page of John Scalzi‘s The God Engines. As labelled the new DX is on the left, the old on the right:

Side by Side Kindle DXs

A chapter heading, new DX on left and the old on the right:

Side by Side Kindle DXs

Amazon also change the labels on the Kindle DX buttons. The fonts are smaller and the Prev/Next buttons are now labelled with arrows which make the Kindle a little more international:

Amazon changed the buttons on the second gen Kindle DX

3 responses to “New Kindle DX, as compared to the old Kindle DX”

  1. Maybe a tiny bit but not much. The Kindle 3, which you didn't ask
    about but I'm going to tell you about anyway, is supposedly much
    lighter than the Kindle 2.

  2. Here’s a couple questions that probably only you, Blankbaby, can answer. Does the Text-to-Speech function of the Kindle work on pdf files? If so, is there a way to get the kindle to NOT read aloud the footnotes on each page of the pdf? For example, can you get it to skip the footnotes by forwarding on to the next page?

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