Yesterday, July 7, was D-day, or DX Graphite day, when those who ordered the new, brighter Kindle, via one-day delivery, received it and went to the forums and to YouTube to provide details on the new arrival.
EnterpriseMobileToday's Andy Patrizio had reported that
The first device to use the new display is the Graphite Kindle and, according to the article:
'The background has been improved from the relative flatness of a newspaper to a brightness more akin to a paperback book, according to
E Ink,making it easier to read outdoors. '
Of interest also is the word from
This is of course leading some to hope that along with the middle of the night sale, by Woot!, of 4,968 Kindle-2's last week (sold out by 8:20 AM the next morning), they may soon see the Pearl screen in the more portable 6" Kindle.
And then there is that Shasta rumor also.
The Videos - the first one is by Len Edgerly (Who else?)
This videoclip begins with Federal Express about to go past Len Edgerly's house. That wouldn't do. Len unboxes the Kindle and although the screen is almost 9.7" it doesn't look that big.
At about minute 2:00, we get to see a close-up of the screen, shown on the porch, and what is probably a better idea of the relative brightness of the background and darkness of the font on it, more easily done with video than with stills, I think. As labelled, that clear image at top left is from Len Edgerly's video.
Here is the official DX Graphite videoclip that has been all over YouTube.
I got back late yesterday and went to see the Amazon Kindle forum reports and here's a sampling:
' David Shory says:
Just got my new graphite DX. First one on the discussion boards to get it? WOOHOO! :)
It's quite nice out of the box. The colour is exactly as described - graphite (like lead in a pencil). I'm just starting it up now, but the difference in contrast is noticeable.
[ A side-by-side photo comparison by David Shory, at Flicker. ]
[ The first DX on the left looks very low in contrast but normally wouldn't be.
See my older-DX pics ]
Page turns (and general responsiveness) is faster. The non-letter buttons (i.e., ALT, SYM, MENU, etc.) are mixed case now and the previous/next page buttons just have arrows.
The buttons on the side also seem to feel more secure (the side buttons rattled if I shook the old Kindle DX). The screen itself is a few shades whiter (bright gray - like light newsprint) and the test looks bold and much clearer. The images (so far just the screen savers) are quite clear and much brighter. There seems to be less wash out in the sunlight.
The screen savers are the same and the font doesn't seem to me to be different.
Pamela Harris-byrd says:
...The higher contrast is much better and the text is much clearer. I am so glad I pre-ordered.
Claudia M. Adams says:
Mine came! It's beautiful, and I am NOT sending it back. I thought I might if I didn't like it.
I don't like it. I love it.
Jain Daire says:
It came loaded with 2.5.5.... didn't even know there WAS a 2.5.5
... The screen! OMG the screen! When they said 50% better contrast, they meant it. On the e-ink manufacturers website for the new screen, PEarl, they compared the last generation Viziplex to a newspaper, and Pearl to a book, and they were very right. I've seen a cople pictures of peoples who got theirs before me and I have to say that the pictures really don't do them justice. the screen isn't light grey, it's WHITE.
My screen is NOT white. It's in the gray family but much nicer, in my opinion, than my K2's screen. But putting white next to the screen would not be a match by a long shot.
Jain Daire says:
Well the contrast is really amazing in the sun, but I'm in the shade right now (and I've looked while indoors as well)
The text is very blackish and screen is much lighter gray. I'm reading where I would usually need to use my LED reading light. Quite a difference! Much more like reading from newsprint. Very pleased with the upgrade over previous DX.
An unexpected turn of events
... I just put up a post explaining why I'm returning my graphite DX:
[ New message thread by Nobody ]
[ At the new thread, Nobody explains: ]
Imagine reading for long spells from a bold-face font. That's what the graphite display is like. I know, I know -- after all the complaints we've all made about low contrast and how great it'd be to finally get darker, sharper text, I should be rejoicing. But it's giving me a headache. Literally. The font is too thick for reading long-term in comfort, too.
I went back to my K2 just now and it was such a welcome relief.
I also prefer the way the K2 feels in my hands and having the buttons on two sides. I even prefer the way page turns look. And the black surround that seemed so spiffy at first now feels claustrophobic as I read for more than a few minutes.
Claudia M. Adams says:
... On the other hand, I read mine for about a half hour this evening and I'm even happier with it than I was initially ...
I'm still able to appreciate how much the new DX improves my ability to read without eye strain. Like my K1, my graphite rapidly fades into the background and I was able to get lost in the story, which I think is the nature of reading, when it works properly. I suspect there will be others who feel as I do, and others whose reaction will mirror that of Nobody's. '
Amazon's Customer Images of Kindle DX Graphite
These photos are limited in size. The first one is the one taken by David Shory.
The other 8 there today were taken by Nobody, who returned hers.
You can bookmark this slideshow if you'd like to see pictures as people add them.
30-day Return Policy on Kindles
Nobody told us that Kindle customer service told her she had to pay a restocking fee and part of the shipment. Forum members told her this is not according to the policy on the site nor in Kindle-purchase history.
Being urged by one and all to call Kindle support again, she did, and another representative told Nobody she had been misinformed by the previous customer rep. I hope they get them all on the same page on this.
From Kindleboards, a few interesting, scattered quotes
' The contrast is great but I have a K1 so that should not be a surprise. I am highly impressed with how light the DX is. It is very easy to carry and hold. I love the graphite frame, it is pretty nice looking.
I got mine a few hours ago and fired it up. I have had all of the majors, K1, K2, DXi, Sony PRS-505, Sony 900 (Daily Edition), and the iRex800SG. My current ones are my trusty Sony 505 and the k1.
Undoubtedly this is the most gorgeous screen to date. IMO, the screen isn't white, but it's definitely not as gray. The blacks are BLACK and the text really does pop out at you.
I sold my previous KDX because I really prefer the 6" readers. When I look at this beauty, all I can think of is how PERFECT it would be in a 6" model.
I would post pictures but I don't think any photos can do it justice. If you are looking for the best screen, this is it.
I agree, the screen is amazing. I took (and posted) some pictures but they really don't do it justice. Has to be seen in person...
honestly, the K1 text starts to look blurry compared to the KDX. It is REALLY a significant difference.
I think it's faster, definitely faster than my old Sprint KDX. '
AND that is it for the Debut of the new Kindle DX Graphite :-) Won't be doing more like that. But I wanted to give others a taste of the reactions on the first day. We even had a dramatic moment with a change of direction! That should give enough to go on though for any who were wondering.
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