Amazon Kindle Voyage Review

The new Kindle Voyage replaces the Kindle Paperwhite as Amazon’s top of the line ereader.

The device measures 162x115x7.6mm and weighs just 180g.There’s 4GB of storage, and the battery is claimed to last for six weeks. You don’t get a charger in the box, but the Voyage will recharge from any USB charger, or a computer’s USB port. The Voyage uses a brand-new Paperwhite display, which has a much higher resolution than any other Kindle; it features 300 pixels per inch.

You can turn pages without raising a finger. There are custom-designed sensors on the left and right side of the front bezel that respond to an increase of pressure, triggering page turn. It also comes with a brightest front light ever. It is 39% brighter than in Kindle Paperwhite. One noteworthy feature that’s new to the Voyage is “PagePress,” which allows you turn pages by squeezing specific areas of the device’s side bezels.

Kindle Voyage is a first Amazon e-reader to get original Amazon Origami covers, like Kindle Fires. There are five colors to choose from: White, Black, Red, Citron, and Purple.

For file support, the Voyage can handle Amazon’s own Kindle format (AZW and AZW3), along with DOC, DOCX, HTML, MOBI, PDF, and TXT files. There’s still no support for ePub files.

The Voyage, Amazon’s successor to the Paperwhite e-reader, will hit shelves tomorrow in the US and Nov. 4 in the UK. It marks the seventh generation in Amazon’s Kindle e-reader series.

The Kindle Voyage is available for pre-order now starting at $199 for the Wi-Fi version. The 3 G/Wi-Fi versions is $269 with special offers. For an additional $20 (for both configurations) you can get a Voyage without ads on the lock screen.

 

PROS

  • Flush, pixel-dense screen is the best we’ve seen on any e-reader
  • PagePress buttons are mostly satisfying
  •  Excellent overall reading ecosystem
  • Thin and light

CONS

  • Expensive for a standalone e-reader
  • Base price includes ads
  • The Kindle Voyage isn’t a huge upgrade over last year’s second-generation Paperwhite (which is sticking around as a mid-range option), but the minor changes serve to make it