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Old 08-16-2010, 05:26 PM   #1
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9.6" vs 6" screen size - which is better?

Hi!

This may have been asked before and I just can't find it. I apologize if that's true. But...

I'm debating which size Kindle I want, the Kindle 3 or the Kindle DX. The Kindle 3 is obviously smaller, easier to carry, easier to hold in one hand, while the Kindle DX has a larger screen and can display more text at one time. Not considering cost or differences in features, which screen size is better for reading? Which is more comfortable to hold while reading?

It's hard to know without trying each of them a few hours each. Your thoughts are appreciated!
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:40 PM   #2
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It's hard to know without trying each of them a few hours each. Your thoughts are appreciated!
I've never owned a DX. But, what you could try is you could order both, use them for a month, then keep the one you prefer. Amazon's return policy is 30 days for the Kindle. That's what I would recommend doing.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:00 PM   #3
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I have a five inch reader and the DX. I LOVE the DX's size, but I prefer reading hardback books which are larger anyhow. It's just a matter of preference. I haven't had any issues with it being too large to take with me places. I find that I can read much faster with the larger screen. It is a bit heavy to hold but IMO the larger screen is worth the trade off, unless you have some physical limitations. My local Target now carries the Kindle 2 so I went to check it out before I made the plunge. I just got my DXG in last week and I regret not buying a reader with a larger screen sooner.
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IMO, 6" is just too small. It's smaller than a regular paperback.
If you try to keep as many words on one page as a paperback, you end up with small characters.
If you use larger characters, you end up with less words per page and you have to turn pages more often.

For reading books, I think 8" would be perfect.

Since I also read graphic novels and other comics, 9.6" is perfect for me. It is a little heavy, though.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:30 PM   #5
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It really is a personal matter. I found that reading books like any of the last four Harry Potter books, any of the Ice and Fire series, and increasingly any hard cover book was uncomfortable enough to interfere with the reading experience. For me, one advantage of eBook readers is their light weight and portability. You might try reading one of the big hard back books then switching to a smaller paperback to get a feel for the two sizes.

Frankly, I find the smaller screen easier to read too. The iBooks on the iPad can be turned to landscape and it displays in 'two page' mode like Adobe Acrobat can, and I find that easier to read than putting all on one page. But it is entirely personal. You could experiment with Acrobat in full screen and two-page mode also to get a feel for how the different screen sizes feel to you. (Just suggesting a trial. I don't think the DXG will display books in two-page mode like the iPad does though.)

In the end, it's a win win proposition.
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:49 PM   #6
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Well, in this case, for me personally, size does matter and that means the large screen is what important to me. Don't want to sacrifice primary needs for too much comfort until we can plug into the matrix directly
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:04 PM   #7
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I read on the K1 and K2 for 2 years or so, then got an iPad with the 9.7” screen. I used it exclusively for 3 months, then finally went back to the K2.The reason? I don’t like reading on the bigger screen. Nothing to do with backlit versus reflective lighting at all. It was strictly the size of the screen. The 6” is simply more comfortable for me to read on.

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Old 08-17-2010, 10:33 AM   #9
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Actually, I do like the 7" screen of the Sony PRS-900. It's bigger, but not too much bigger.
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I read on the K1 and K2 for 2 years or so, then got an iPad with the 9.7” screen. I used it exclusively for 3 months, then finally went back to the K2.The reason? I don’t like reading on the bigger screen. Nothing to do with backlit versus reflective lighting at all. It was strictly the size of the screen. The 6” is simply more comfortable for me to read on.
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:29 AM   #11
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It depends also from formats You read - i read a lot of techical PDF's. Containing diagrams, charts, pictures. For this stuff 9" screen is a must. Previously i used Sony PRS-505(6" screen) - it was perfect for easy reading. But complex pdf's were either to small (size adjusted) or totally out of layout (with reflow or conversion) and hard to read and understand. With my new DXG - it is much-much better.
Yes - DXG is bigger, heavier and doesnt fit anymore in pocket.
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I've recently been asking myself the exact same question.

Though I'm quite happy with my DX, I had pretty much made up my mind to get the new Kindle 3 due to 1) the new Pearl screen and 2) the weight savings vs. the DX.

Here's the crux, I hadn't ever seen a 6" screen in real life but when I was over to the U.S. the other week I made a point of visiting a Target to have a look at Kindle 2 and the Sony readers. I must admit I was taken aback by just how small the screen is. They had no working demo so I then went to a Borders where a kind gentleman allowed me to play around with a Kobo but again I was underwhelmed. The screen feels tiny.

I am now very undecided. I worry that I won't get into my "flow" on a 6". It just seemed to not contain much text and this bothered me. I'm not entirely sure why that is. Could be just habit.

I think my ideal screen size is a something closer to the iPad, though slightly narrower.
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:42 AM   #13
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Well to me 9 inches is bigger than the pages in most regular paperback books and is closer in size to a hardback book. Apart from their size and weight one of the things I dont like about Hardbacks is the size of the pages. I like a nice sized paperback, so I think I would prefer a 6'' screen. However some people would probably prefer a bigger screen because it wouldnt require as many page turns.
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If you read Text books (txt, azw, prc, mobi, tpz): then Kindle 3 with 6" display is more light and is more comfortable.
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If you read PDFs, scanned books, magazines, comics or newspaperes; so Kindle DX/DXG with 9.7" display will be really better.

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I've recently been asking myself the exact same question.

Though I'm quite happy with my DX, I had pretty much made up my mind to get the new Kindle 3 due to 1) the new Pearl screen and 2) the weight savings vs. the DX.

Here's the crux, I hadn't ever seen a 6" screen in real life but when I was over to the U.S. the other week I made a point of visiting a Target to have a look at Kindle 2 and the Sony readers. I must admit I was taken aback by just how small the screen is. They had no working demo so I then went to a Borders where a kind gentleman allowed me to play around with a Kobo but again I was underwhelmed. The screen feels tiny.

I am now very undecided. I worry that I won't get into my "flow" on a 6". It just seemed to not contain much text and this bothered me. I'm not entirely sure why that is. Could be just habit.

I think my ideal screen size is a something closer to the iPad, though slightly narrower.
If you want, there's an 8 inches ereader from Asus that's supposed to come out in october. Price: “under $599”.
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