Amazon Kindle DX Tablet Review
The Amazon Kindle DX is the follow-up to the successful Kindle Wireless, with a much larger screen.
Music & Audio Controls
It's easy to tell that playing audio files was more or less of an afterthought in the design of the Kindle DX, but unless you're looking for a tablet that can fill a stadium with sound you should be satisfied with its performance. On the bottom of the unit are two tiny speakers, with a standard 1/8th inch headphone jack in the top, next to the power slider. Given the types of books currently popular amongst eBook readers, we suspect that users will most often elect to keep their media to themselves via headphones.
Music & Audio Management
As far as music/audio playback options go, this has to rank among the worst possible. Not only is there no way of making a playlist, selecting a track to play or seeing how long a track has been playing, but the only control is play/pause. That's it. If you load more than one music file, you'll have to listen to all of them in alphabetical order, which is a giant pain if you have loaded a few audiobooks.
Music & Audio Formats
Music & Audio Battery Life
While the controls for audio playback are virtually nonexistent, the battery life of the Kindle DX while playing audio is actually quite good. We found that 24 hours of continuous playback only ran the battery down to 70%, meaning that in all likelihood, it could potentially play continuous audio for 3.5 days, assuming there's enough space on the unit to fit that much audio in.
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