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Kindle Voyage review

8.5/10 AVG.
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8.5/10
Informr score
The Kindle Voyage currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 21 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Slimmer and lighter than Paperwhite
  • Sharp and clear display
  • New PagePress sensor offers easier page navigation

What's bad

  • 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."


Screen Size
6"
Backlight
Yes
Storage
4 GB
3G
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Verge

The reason I like the Voyage so much comes down to the physical design of it: it's simple and utilitarian. It feels like it's trying to accommodate itself to my needs instead of asking me to change my habits for it.

- Dieter Bohn, The Verge
The Wirecutter

A smaller body, a lighter weight, and physical buttons make the Kindle Voyage attractive, but those features don’t make it worth the higher cost for most people.

- Nick Guy, The Wirecutter
Tech Advisor

The Kindle Voyage is without doubt one of the best eReaders money can buy. Is it worth buying though? For most people, no. The extra resolution, sleek design and page-turning buttons are all nice-to-haves but by no means essential. You'll get a better reading experience on a Voyage compared to the c...

- Jim Martin, Tech Advisor
TechRadar

It's a lot of money. Yes. There's no doubting that. But the build quality, combined with the reading experience, tell me this is a premium product in the same way you can tell someone has a rather high salary when you slide into their Bentley.

- Gareth Beavis, TechRadar
WhatsYourTech

Purists will undoubtedly appreciate the device for its overall feel and performance. It may not be a mile ahead of the Paperwhite, but it is a better product, nonetheless. The Paperwhite, on the other hand, is more than serviceable and punches above its weight at its current price. If one-handed ope...

- Ted Kritsonis, WhatsYourTech


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Screen Size
6"

The Kindle Voyage's screen size is 6 inches with 1072 x 1448 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS
Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1320mAh

The e-reader is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1320 mAh battery. Battery life is rated for up to 21 hours reading time according to Amazon's.

Kindle Voyage Specs

Overview
Release date November 23, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Networks
No
variations
SIM card size No
Operating System Custom
Processor
Internal Storage 4 GB
RAM No
ROM No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1320 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Reading Time Up to: 21 hours
Standby Time Up to: 42 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.4 x 16.3 x 0.8 cm (4.5 x 6.4 x 0.3 in)
Weight 180 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution 1072 x 1448 pixels
Pixel density 300 pixels
Size 6 inches
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare Unknown
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screeb
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Page Turn Key Unknown
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Video Playback No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Vibration Alert Unknown
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