Amazon Kindle DX Tablet Review
The Amazon Kindle DX is the follow-up to the successful Kindle Wireless, with a much larger screen.
Device & Specs
Needless to say, the iPad 2 and the Kindle DX are very different machines. For starters, the iPad more resembles a super-portable computer than an eReader. The two share virtually nothing in common outside of the capability to read eBooks and tablet-design. In the end, you the consumer decide what you want in your product, so we'll outline some of the differences here.
Both tablets have very large screens, but the iPad's screen is probably more appropriate for what its typical user would want from it. Being a tablet that allows you to browse the internet, read documents, listen to music, watch video and employ a myriad of touch-sensitive apps, the iPad is more at home with its larger screen.
In terms of reflectiveness, the Kindle DX absolutely smokes the iPad 2 as its matte screen material diffuses and breaks up reflections fairly well, while the mirror-like surface of the iPad's screen can make reflections and bright lights super-annoying even in low light.
Due to the nature of the different screens, it's really no surprise that the Kindle DX trounces the iPad 2 in battery life. The backlighting for an LCD screen draws a comparatively large amount of current, so anything employing the screen will suck the battery down very quickly. The eInk display of the Kindle DX only draws a nominal current, which is hard to compete with in terms of battery performance.
As an eReader, the iPad 2 actually provides a rather unique experience, as its touch screen allows you to turn the page much like you would a book. While the experience is a more natural one, the LCD screen provides some drawbacks not shared by the Kindle DX. Namely, the LCD screen can get washed out in bright sunlight, where the eInk display works well in a much larger range of lighting conditions. Not to mention the fact that the battery of the Kindle DX will last you full days longer than the iPad's battery will without recharging. If you're looking for an eReader and nothing more, spring for the Kindle DX instead of the iPad.
There isn't really any fair comparison in terms of internet features between the two, as the iPad has games, browsing, email, apps and all sorts of internet content that the Kindle DX just can't keep up with at all. Still, to many users the internet content either isn't worth the drop in battery life, or they only care about the eReader. This will have to be a decision you make at the store before you buy.
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