A guided tour: Hands on with the Kindle DX

Amazon's e-reader gets bigger and better with the debut of the Kindle DX. We like its lean and elegant style, but we still found plenty of DX features to criticise.

Big Brother to Kindle 2



The Kindle DX, due out this summer at a cost of $489, is the Kindle 2 on steroids. The unit's design is clearly informed by that of the Kindle 2, sporting a white finish, a keyboard at the bottom, and navigation keys and a five-way joystick at the right. Gone are the left-hand navigation keys -- a conscious design choice, according to Amazon. When you flip the unit upside-down, the screen automatically inverts itself and the navigation buttons respond appropriately, reflecting the new orientation. (Of course, the printed wording on the buttons remains inverted. Perhaps a future Kindle will solve that issue with invisible capacitive touch buttons that appear as needed, depending on the orientation.)

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