Kindle DX, Free 3G, 9.7″ E Ink Display (3G Works Globally) Review

by SSF | Last Updated Mar. 2nd, 2016

The e-Reader seemed to become a household fixture long before today’s tablets became so popular. Prized for their ability to hold up to a couple thousand books at one time, these tablets, used mainly for reading, are perfect for bibliophiles. They can also be used to download digital books from public libraries and for reading magazines and newspapers; some can be used for other simple tasks, such as playing pre-loaded games or browsing the internet.

All e-Readers lack some of the sophisticated features that tablets, such as the iPad, boast. However, many people appreciate the simplicity of these devices, realizing that they do not need a full tablet because they already have a laptop and a smartphone. Most e-Readers are only black-and-white and feature screens that reduce glare from indoor lighting and sunlight. One of the most popular and well liked e-Readers today is the .

Kindle DX, Free 3G, 9.7″ E Ink Display Features

Price: starting at $245
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

  • This black-and-white e-Reader has high contrast e-Ink, making it perfect for reading even in the brightest of lights.
  • The thin design measures less than a half inch in profile.
  • The screen automatically rotates to turn books seamlessly from vertical to horizontal.
    It holds up to 3,500 books for one of the largest e-Reader libraries.
  • Users can choose from eight fonts in a variety of sizes. Extra large fonts are perfect for people with poor eyesight.
  • The 9.7-inch screen is larger than those on most other e-Readers and even some tablets are, making the DX an excellent choice for magazine and newspaper reading.
  • A larger screen also translates into fewer page turns.
  • The Read-to-Me feature works with some select books, turning them into audio books.
  • The Kindle DX also reads a variety of documents and pictures, including PDF, DOC, GIF, JPEG and more.
  • It is simple to set up and does not need to be connected to a computer.
  • Battery lasts up to three weeks when wireless is turned off. If wireless is on, the device still lasts for up to a week on a single charge. It charges through a micro-USB cable.
  • Wireless service is included in the price of the device and does not require any monthly service charge. Users appreciate the ability to purchase books and magazines from anywhere in the world where there is a 3G network.
  • The built-in dictionary helps users understand more about what they are reading.
  • A simple web browser allows readers to look up basic information on the 3G network.

One of the first e-Readers to catch the interest of the masses, the Kindle DX has since been joined by a variety of other brand names. However, the DX remains a favorite of many users because of its simplicity and easy operation. A few features stand out, including the thin design and the extremely large screen size. However, it does not have a built-in light, meaning that it must be read in the daylight or with the aid of an indoor light. Many like this feature because they feel that it reduces glare on the screen. In addition, while the DX holds a moderately good charge, it simply cannot compare to the 8-week battery life of some of its newer competitors.

Pros and Cons

With a majority of 4 and 5-star reviews, the Kindle DX manages to please most people. Users appreciate the darkness of the e-Ink as well as the superb screen size. Rotating the screen is easy, and the storage capacity of the device simply cannot be beat.

However, for the price, some people feel that they should be getting more. The web browser is basic at best, the weight of the device is heavier than some other basic e-Readers and the separate keyboard can cause some frustration. Overall, the Kindle DX makes a great reader for commuters, beach-goers and casual nighttime readers as well as for those who enjoy reading daily newspapers or weekly magazines on it. It is a perfect fit for those looking for a classic e-Reader with excellent size, readability and storage capacity.

Alternatives to the Kindle DX

Kindle Paperwhite

Price: $119
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This is the newer version of the Kindle DX, prized for its onscreen keyboard and its lower price. With many improvements, including a better processor and anti-glare screen, the Paperwhite is prized for its 2GB of storage space and a battery life of up to eight weeks.

Nook Glowlight eBook Reader

Price: $119.95
Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars

This eReader is designed for use with Barnes and Noble’s digital library and can hold up to 2,000 books on its 4GB internal memory.

Kobo Aura HD Digital Text Reader

Price: $183.70
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A somewhat unknown brand, Kobo actually makes wonderful eReaders that are particularly popular outside the United States. The 6-inch screen makes it easy to hold while the screen excellent responsiveness is making it increasingly popular among American readers.

Sony PRS-T2 Ultra Slim e-Reader

Price: $189.95
Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Although it is missing the built-in light that makes some other eReaders quite popular, this Sony attracts readers with its weight of less than 6 ounces and its 2-month battery life.

Nook HD

Price: $199
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This full-color eReader can function in many of the same ways as a tablet. Users appreciate the brilliant, large screen for playing games and watching movies as well as for reading full-color magazines.


The best eReader for an individual depends entirely on the needs of the person and how the device will be used. For example, those who plan on only using their devices in the daylight, such as at the beach, will do well with an e-Ink reader while those who like to do reading in the dark or before bed will want a backlit option. Individuals looking for a basic e-Reader will prize the Kindle DX for its simplicity as well as for its free 3G connectivity.

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