Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Excel vs DX

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Excel
7.9
Kindle DX
7.9
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Excel
n.d.
Kindle DX
n.d.
average NYT best sellers price and NYT's top selling titles

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Excel
4.0
Kindle DX
5.0
Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Excel
7.3
Kindle DX
5.7
Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Excel
6.5
Kindle DX
6.1

Winner
Icarus Excel 

Reader Rocket recommends the Icarus Excel  based on its reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Has Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11b/g/n vs None Most E-Readers have a Wi-Fi connectivity; download books from device or surf the web
Expandable memory SDHC vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
More storage capacity 4 GB vs 3.3 GB More than 20% more storage capacity
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Has cellular connectivity 3G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Significantly thinner 9.6 mm vs 12 mm More than 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Quicker recharging 4 hours vs 5 hours 20% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Excel  vs
Kindle DX 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 1200 x 825 1200 x 824
Screen size 9.7" 9.7"
Pixel density 150 ppi 150 ppi
Built-in light None None
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

features

Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech Yes Yes
Directly download library e-books to device No No
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers No Yes
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No Yes
Parental controls No Yes

form factor

Size 179 x 243 x 12 mm 183 x 264 x 9.6 mm
Weight 530 g 536 g
Interface touchscreen & buttons physical keyboard
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Excel  vs
Kindle DX 
Input/Output port mini-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None 3G
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n None
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

Document support
FB2
DOC
PRC
AZW
PDF
TXT
EPUB
RTF
DJV
PDB
CHM
HTML
DJVU
MOBI
HTM
Image support
JPEG
PNG
JPG
TIFF
GIF
BMP

storage

Internal storage 4 GB 3.3 GB
Expansion slot SDHC None
Memory 4 GB 4 GB
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