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While Amazon is exploring new avenues following the launch of the Apple iPad, such as a
, it has decided to update its trusty old
, by improving its display and reducing the price. Way to go! While a $110 price cut from $479 to $379 is huge, customers will not see a drop in quality, in fact, the very opposite.
Now encased in a slim (0.33-inch) graphite body, the Kindle DX makes an impact with a much improved display that features 50% better contrast for the sharpest possible images and text. It also has an accelerometer for auto-rotation, text-to-speech reading, integrated PDF reader and Facebook/Twitter widgets, apart from a new and impressive battery life of 1 week with wireless on, and 2 weeks with it off.
The 3G capable e-reader can store up to 3,500 books, and the e-books bought on the Kindle store can be read on various other platforms, from iPhone to PC to BlackBerry and Android, while synching personal libraries with Amazon's 'Whispersync'. It is available for pre-order now, and will start shipping on July 7th. It will release with free 3G wireless in America, without monthly contracts.