- Brian Heater , Digital Trends
This is, without question, the best Kindle ebook reader yet. Between the improved specs and Amazon’s reading ecosystem, it’s the best E Ink reader you can buy.
- David Carnoy , Cnet
The Kindle Voyage is Amazon's best e-reader to date, and probably the best e-reader ever -- but it doesn't come cheap.
- Slimmer and lighter than Paperwhite
- Sharp and clear display
- New PagePress sensor offers easier page navigation
- Ghosting issues
- Light sensor errs on the dark side
Amazon is the undisputed champion in the e-reader market despite the claims that tablets would take over its space. Still, it seemed that after the Kindle Paperwhite, there wasn't much left for Amazon to improve upon. The release of the Kindle Voyage, therefore, was a bit of a surprise not least of which is due to its relatively high price point.
As thin and light as the Kindle Paperwhite is, Amazon managed to slim down the Voyage further to a mere 0.3 inches and 180 grams. It also departs from the traditional design cues of previous Kindle e-readers and instead opts for the sloped back of the Kindle Fire HDX tablet. While not necessarily more visually appealing, experts did notice a subtle yet noticeable improvement in grip and in-hand comfort over its predecessors.
The main event isn't the improved ergonomics though, it's the screen. The 6-inch E Ink display boasts a resolution of 1072 x 1448 pixels for a pixel density of 300ppi, making it the sharpest e-reader to date. More importantly, the Voyage is the first Amazon e-reader with a completely flush display. Previous iterations were slightly below the bezel giving it, "a vaguely cheap, disposable flavor," according to The Verge.
But it isn't just for appearances sake, the flush mounting made the experience of "turning" the pages much more seamless as did the addition of a new feature called PagePress sensors. These surface mount buttons appear on the right and left bezels and allow users to change pages with a gentle squeeze. The sensor will then buzz to let you users know the command was registered. Both the level of pressure and intensity of the buzz can be adjusted in the device's setting or turned off entirely.
Another new addition to the Kindle lineup is the addition of an ambient light sensor. Now instead of physically going into the settings to increase or decrease brightness, the device will update it automatically based on the ambient light levels. It doesn't work perfectly, however, as Tech Radar notes, "…it always erred on the side of darkness."
While the Voyage has made changes in positive direction critics add it still suffers from some ghosting issues and page turn speed has not improved over the Paperwhite. Still, they all agree that the Voyage is the best e-reader to date. With that said, reviewers are torn on recommending it. PC World states, "…I think the Paperwhite still delivers the best price-to-performance ratio..." Gizmodo adds, "It's trick to say whether…the Voyage is worth it…I suspect, though, that for many people the Paperwhite is more than good enough."
Reviews (8.5/10 Avg. rating)
Luxurious, indulgent gadget for book lovers which delivers premium quality at a price to match
No longer the most premium Amazon ereader
The the priciest eReader yet
Only for the purists
The Rolls-Royce of ebook readers
The Kindle Voyage is priced at Rs. 16,499 for the Wi-Fi variant and Rs. 20,499 for the 3G variant, which is a lot of money to pay for an ebook reader. While it's a significant improvement over the Paperwhite, Amazon's previous flagship ebook reader is still a great device that we wouldn't mind hanging on to for some more time. Since the physical dimensions of the device are different, you'll also have to invest in new accessories like covers.
Having said that, there's no doubt that the Kindle Voyage is the best ebook reader till date, and if you have the money to spare, this is d... Full review
They managed to better something that was already great
A first-class trip
That's really what it all boils down to: the price. There is little doubt that the Amazon Kindle Voyage is the best eBook reader on the market, with few if any flaws. We're still not entirely sure the haptic feedback for turning through pages is more than a gimmick, but can see the allure it might have.
However, it is a very expensive bit of kit to read downloaded books on, even if it caters for that with such aplomb. The Voyage is priced roughly the same as eBook readers were when they first emerged onto the market and we didn't have tablets to rival them then - hence this perha... Full review
Amazon’s best ever ebook reader
The Amazon Voyage is a fantastic ebook reader. It’s more refined than the company’s previous best, the Kindle Paperwhite; the screen is better than ever; and it’s packed with luxury touches such as those page-turn controls. If you love your reading, and only an E-Ink device will do, there’s nothing else to match it.
For most, though, it’s far too expensive. It costs £69 more than the Paperwhite to do much the same job, and for similar money you could purchase a very decent colour tablet, such as the Nexus 7, which can be used for far more than... Full review
Offers no-distraction reading
Amazon’s e-reader is too good to be merely a Paperwhite 2
The only other significant criticism I can muster for the Kindle Voyage is to gripe about its price tag. Comparing versions with Amazon’s “Special Offers” (ads that pop up when you’re not reading), the delta between the $79 Kindle and the $119 Kindle Paperwhite is $40. You’ll pay twice that premium to move from the Paperwhite to the $199 Voyage. It costs an additional $20 to eliminate the ads, and a cool $70 to get 3G connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi.
I’ve always scoffed at the idea of paying so much more to get 3G connectivity; but now that I... Full review
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