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Amazon Kindle DX Review: Weighing In On Its $489 Price Tag

From the Kindle 2nd generation, Amazon took a big leap to the Kindle DX -- from features to the huge price jump from the previous cost of the Kindle 2 of $359 to the DX's $489 price tag. The question on everyone's mind now is this: Does the Amazon Kindle DX live up to its steep price? Check out this Amazon Kindle DX review and judge for yourself.

Anyone who owns or is considering buying a Kindle 2 has no doubt heard of the recent launch of the Kindle DX. If you are the former, this could be a great time to upgrade and if you are the latter, it could be a tough decision you have to make. When you are looking to spend the kind of money the Kindle costs, you don't want to leap without looking. But if you do your research beforehand, you can be assured you will get the model that works best for you.

The older of the two models, the Kindle 2, offers a few less features and is a bit smaller, but also comes with a smaller price tag. The Kindle 2 is 8" x 5.3" x 0.36" and has a 6" diagonal screen. It weighs just over half a pound at 10.2 ounces and is great as a highly portable ebook reader. The Kindle 2 comes with 2 GB of memory, which can hold around 1,500 books, more than enough to fit most people's libraries inside. At around $359 it is significantly cheaper than the new DX as well.

The new Kindle DX comes onto the market with a bigger is better attitude. The unit itself is 10.4" x 7.2" x 0.38", but it boasts a huge 9.7" screen with an auto-rotating feature. This means you can switch between landscape and portrait just by turning the device, making it great for newspapers or picture-heavy kid's books. But this size means it weighs more as well. Nearly twice as much at a hefty 18.9 ounces.

The Kindle DX has twice the capacity to hold books, boasting of a 4GB hard drive. It can also natively read PDF files which is a huge convenience as the previous models required file conversion. All these features are available at the price of $489.

Don't think that just because the Kindle DX is newer and sports bigger numbers that it is the only one you should consider. The Kindle 2 has size to its advantage. While the DX might be great for reading at home, the Kindle 2 is far more portable. It will also save you a big chunk of change. If you are willing to pay for the extra size and features, the DX is a great piece of technology. But the Kindle 2 still has more than enough to offer most people. If you are just looking for a way to replace ratty old books or cut down on how many textbooks you're hauling around, the Kindle 2 has a lot to offer. Whichever one you decide is right for you, you're getting a device that will keep you reading whatever you want whenever you want.

Take a look at  the full Amazon Kindle DX Review & see it in action! Check out our site to go through a video tour  of the Kindle DX and see for yourself if it's the right handheld ebook reader for you! 

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