5 Reasons why I Won't Buy a Kindle DX

Posted on May 7, 2009

Kindle DXYesterday, Amazon proudly announced their newest addition to the Kindle family, the Kindle DX. I currently own a Kindle 2 and am very happy with it. While I am impressed with some of the new features of the Kindle DX, I will not be buying one for myself. Here are my 5 reasons why I won't buy the Amazon Kindle DX.

  1. Too Big for My Needs - I know many people have been requesting a larger screen when compared to the K2, but the overall size of the DX is just too big for my liking. I know the target audience is for college students and people who read periodicals and newspapers. I have used the K2 for reference books and to read newspapers and magazines with no problem. Maybe they needed some room to display ads?
  2. E-Ink Screen - The DX is using the same kind of screen as the Kindle 2, only bigger. I really want a touch screen with color as long as it still uses some kind of e-ink technology.
  3. Storage Capabilities - So they doubled  the total storage capacity of the Kindle DX to 4 GB. This is way too small and they should have included the capability of removeable storage like the K1. I feel Amazon really missed the boat here expecially since they were marketing this to students. Have you seen how many pictures and mp3 songs a typical college student has? Oh, and lets not forget the large textbooks.
  4. Navigation Buttons & Keyboard - Have you noticed that the Kindle DX only has navigation buttons on the right side? What if you like to hold your Kindle in your left hand? The keyboard on all of the Kindles have a lot to be desired too. I will buy a new model when they get rid of the keyboard/nav buttons and place it within a touch screen interface. I love the way Apple's iPhone keyboard interface works and I think it would be perfect for a Kindle. Also, think of how much bigger the screen could be without needing to increase the overall dimensions of a Kindle 2!
  5. Price - I think both the Kindle 2 and Kindle DX are priced about $100 more than they should be. A $500 price tag puts the Kindle DX in the same range as some laptops. College tuition is a major financial strain on most students and their parents. If becomes a choice of one or the other, the laptop is going to give you more bang for your buck.

The Kindle DX will be an interesting experiment for Amazon to see if the younger crowds will adapt to this new technology. Some of the newer features are nice like direct support for PDF viewing and I am sure that could easily be enabled within the firmware of the Kindle 2.

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11 Responses to “5 Reasons why I Won't Buy a Kindle DX”

  1. Fitz
    May 07, 2009
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    #2 Why would anyone need color to read a book? I would like for them to keep the black and white. Also, if they add a touch screen, it will add an extra glare. Don’t want that.

    #3 I feel sorry for anyone trying to use this as a regular MP3 player. It’s intended for books. MP3 players are cheap these days.

    I won’t buy it because it doesn’t fit my needs. The K2 is just right for me.


  2. Judy
    May 07, 2009
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    Don’t want a touch screen. That would mean having to lift my hands of the Kindle to touch the screen to turn the page. I like the big buttons on K!. I hold the Kindle in my hand and just move my finger to hit the next page.


  3. John
    May 07, 2009
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    I would also like to see a touch screen, color and the ability to play videos, add folders. I would love to buy one of these for each of my kids but the lack school books for them and the above mentioned features it is just another “toy” for them. For someone who reads alot and only wants it for that, then it is a great tool. I just think it needs to evolve a bit more. Two revisions ought to do it.


  4. Sarah
    May 07, 2009
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    #4. I disagree. I don’t think a touchscreen interface would be “better”, so to speak, and I think the majority of people out there are of the same mind – case in point, the Blackberry Cruve outsold iPhones in Q1 of ’09. That being said, I think this stat really points out a key flaw in the design of touch-screen interfaces in general – they’re too hard to type on! As the owner of an ipod touch, I can attest that it is extremely annoying to type on the touch – it’s extremely error prone, and if I’m typing quickly, the corrections sometimes pop up and replace the word. People like the tactile feel of actual keys – why else is there a craze in the cellphone industry to include slide-out QWERTY keyboards? I think including a touch-screen interface on the Kindle would be a huge mistake – a PR gimmick that would detract ultimately from the functionality of the device. Where would you hold the kindle, considering that effective touchscreens often require lots of real estate? How would you type? It’s hard enough to type two-fingered on the ipod touch, which is tiny in comparison to the Kindle – imagine a device like DX which is at least 5 times the size!


  5. akjak
    May 07, 2009
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    Why does everyone want to touch the screen on their Kindle? You want to read through fingerprints? (I know, even on the iPhone fingerprints aren’t a huge problem, but that’s not an eInk screen…)

    I would accept a stylus, but I do NOT want a touch screen on my reading device.

    And people… eInk is the only reason you can read on these for any period of time. I am looking forward to color eInk, but readers do need to STAY eInk instead of LCD.

    I don’t need a DX, I’m pretty happy with the small form factor of my K2.

    What I’d really like is the K2 size screen, but with less bezel and a smaller keyboard to even further reduce the K2’s overall size.


  6. Paul
    May 08, 2009
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    I think you have some good reasons why you aren’t going to buy one. I would however point out for you and others who want a touch screen should go to the closest Border’s and check out the Sony 700 (which has a touch screen) then notice the glare and how less readable the screen is and think again.

    As for your comment about it being for the “younger crowd” don’t be so sure – I suspect a lot of people in an “older crowd” might benefit from this due to the increased ability to view more text on screen when the font is larger, and also better readability of Newspapers – let’s not forget business people of “all ages” that want to read pdf files natively.


  7. Paul
    May 12, 2009
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    Good insight. I think ultimately we will have different size readers for different purposes. The bigger screen will make it nice for reading business documents in PDF format. I am hoping that a full sheet of paper will look great with no zooming on the new Kindle DX. For book reading, I would think the smaller format would be ideal.


  8. Tony
    May 17, 2009
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    Compare the Sony Reader and the Kindle side by side… Notice the ugly blurry glare on the Sony? Thats the extra layer caused by the touch screen. Plus, you just wrote an article about proper cleaning and how annoying it is to have “smudge” marks on your screen… Well “touching” it all day probably isn’t the best way to keep your reading surface smudge free

    No touch screen!! And only color if it still looks like paper ink, otherwise B&W is just fine


  9. admin
    May 07, 2009
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    Fitz,

    There are many technical books and special interest books that would benenfit from color illustrations, charts and photographs. I agree this would not benefit the typical novel reader. I do think they have color e-ink screens in the works with a matt finish.

    I agree that the MP3 player is pretty limited in functionality. But you know kids today are always pushing the limits of technology. :-) Dave


  10. Sarah
    May 07, 2009
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    RE: videos

    While i think that videos might be a nice option, I think that it would be a huge disaster on the part of Amazon. That would throw the Kindle into the same ballpark as Apple’s Ipod and Iphone, which can read books and play videos. What we often forget is that the Kindle was never intended to be a multimedia device – it is a single function device, and that is to read. It is to make reading easier, and to make your books more portable.

    What might be better is if Amazon gave a wordprocessing option to the Kindles – the ability to write up word docs and publish them on blogs. together with whispernet, that would be an unbeatable combination.


  11. admin
    May 07, 2009
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    Sarah, there are pros and cons to the touchscreen. But there is no denying the strong popularity of the Kindle App for the iPhone and iPod Touch. I believe if Amazon could keep the cost down, it would be a huge seller. Dave



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