Damn: the Kindle DX

I’ve just gotten pretty used to my Kindle 2, and Amazon goes and comes out with something better, the Kindle DX.  I should expect these things, but still, it’s irksome.

I got the news over at Blog Kindle, which is a nice blog to watch if you are Kindle crazy.  There are even some Kindle hacks which are documented over there if you are bold.  (One which I would love to see is the ability to switch fonts – I get tired of the same old.)

From Blog Kindle:

2 major differences in Kindle DX compared to Kindle 2 are: 9.7″ 16 shades of gray eInk screen that runs at 1200×824 resolution and native PDF support. Other notable new features include iPhone-like auto-rotate and  flash-memory upgraded to 3.3 gigabytes.

Here are all features and specifications of Kindle DX that I could dig up so far:

  • Size: 10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″ (Kindle 2: 8″ x 5.3″ x 0.36″)
  • Display: 16 shades of gray eInk 9.7″ 1200×824 pixels (Kindle 2: 6″ 800×600)
  • Weight: 18.9oz (Kindle 2: 10.2oz)
  • Storage: 3.3GB (Kindle 2: 1.4GB)
  • Battery life: 4 days with 3G modem on, 2 weeks with modem off (really it’s limited just by the number of page turns). This is pretty much the same as Kindle 2
  • Connectivity: 3G wireless modem, USB 2.0 port and 3.5mm audio jack

Have a thought or opinion?