A guided tour: Hands on with the Kindle DX

Amazon's e-reader gets bigger and better with the debut of the Kindle DX. We like its lean and elegant style, but we still found plenty of DX features to criticise.

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The Kindle DX, due out this summer at a cost of $489, is the Kindle 2 on steroids. The unit's design is clearly informed by that of the Kindle 2, sporting a white finish, a keyboard at the bottom, and navigation keys and a five-way joystick at the right. Gone are the left-hand navigation keys -- a conscious design choice, according to Amazon. When you flip the unit upside-down, the screen automatically inverts itself and the navigation buttons respond appropriately, reflecting the new orientation. (Of course, the printed wording on the buttons remains inverted. Perhaps a future Kindle will solve that issue with invisible capacitive touch buttons that appear as needed, depending on the orientation.)

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