The Kindle DX Graphite edition has been Amazons flagship large screen e-reader for a number of years. The main premise behind this unit is to give you a large screen to read your PDF and eBook files on. The Paperwhite 2 features a second generation illuminated display and a myriad of software enhancements. Today, we are going to evaluate what is the better e-reader.
The Kindle DX features a 9.7 inch display and does not have a touchscreen. This results in a learning curve to orient yourself with the D-Pad and what the settings menu does, depending on if you are reading a PDF or standard eBook. One of the things I like about the base model is free 3G internet access, so you can buy books while on the go, or even make purchases while traveling. PDF files look simply amazing, it may not have the software features the later Kindle has, but it does a better job than any other Kindle. The standard eBook does not let you change the font type or line spacing, but does let you make notes, highlights and change the size of the font.
One advantage the DX has is the ability to render text to speech. It has two speakers so you can listen to audiobooks or listen to music while you are reading. There is a small dedicated section on the Kindle store to buy additional audiobooks.
The Paperwhite 2 has all of the bells and whistles you can expect out of the latest generation Kindle. You can read at night with the six inch display and control the brightness settings. It has GoodReads integration to let you converse with people who have the same taste in books as you do. It also has dictionary lookups, translations and X-Ray for eBooks. The smaller screen makes PDF files difficult to navigate and large files buckle under the pressure and crash the e-reader. The overall book experience is better on the Paperwhite due to the advanced augmentation options.
In the video below we document the same PDF file on each unit and show you everything that you can do to craft your own experience. We also fire up a purchased book from Amazon to give you an indication on what might be the better investment.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.