Amazon Kindle Voyage Review: The Best eReader

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Amazon’s Kindle Voyage offers a high resolution 300ppi screen. It features a sharp display with advanced features including PagePress and Adaptive Lighting. It is lightweight, has a long-lasting battery life, and features a whole new design. The base price for the Amazon Voyage is $199. The Voyage is the perfect eReader for hobbyist and enthusiastic readers.

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Design & Display

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The Kindle Voyage is a stunning and superb e-book reader. It features an all-new design made with magnesium and a specially-reinforced glass front. The advanced design is made to be both sleek and durable. The magnesium body delivers a polished premium look and feel, while also protecting from smudges and scuffs.

The Kindle Voyage has adopted an angular design from the Kindle Fire line of tablets. It has a soft-touch plastic finish, which allows for a reassuring grip, while still managing to keep the edges thin. If you prefer to hold e-readers with one hand, then the Voyage is perfect for you (not that other e-readers aren’t). The angular chasis as well as the reduced weight will make stablizing the Voyage much more pleasant. But if you hold the Kindle with both hands, then there will not be a noticeable difference in weight.

The Voyage is the first Kindle to feature a flush glass front display. The display uses chemically strengthened glass and is designed to resist scratches. The glass display has been micro-etched to diffuse light and to eliminate glare. From using the Kindle Voyage, the micro-etched glass does seem to reduce most of the reflection on the surface. Whether I was reading indoors or outdoors in the bright sun, I never encountered any problems. Futhermore, the micro-etched screen makes the Voyage not only appear like paper, but the etching pattern also creates a more paper-like feeling.

The 6-inch display features the brightest, highest resolution, and highest contrast display of any Kindle. The Kindle Voyage uses a brand-new display that is thirty-nine percent brighter than the Paperwhite. It is the highest resolution display, at 300 pixels per inch and it looks absolutely spectacular. Text is incredibly sharp and images are impressive for a black and white e-ink display.

Related: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2015) Review

Features

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PassPress

Amazon’s custom-designed force sensor made of carbon and silver, which will react to subtle increases of pressure, triggering a page turn, and provides a haptic response to your thumb. Kindle has no moving parts, so the haptic feedback provides you with minimal indication that you pressed the button, to reduce distractions while reading.

The Paperwhite still relies on a touchscreen to flip through pages, but tapping the screen is just as efficient and easy. The PagePress functionality is a premium feature, but it comes only with an increased price tag.

Adaptive Front Light

One of the more innovative features present only in the Voyage. The new adapative front light automatically adjusts the brightness of your display based on your reading environment. It can further be fine-tuned to your personal preferences. While reading in the dark, the adaptive front light will slowly lower the display’s brightness overtime to allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness.

Wireless Connection

The Kindle Voyage is equipped with WiFi so you can enjoy new titles easily from anywhere. You can download books in under 60 seconds straight from your Kindle with no computer required. Kindle 3G is also available if you want an internet connection without Wi-Fi Hotspots or your home Wi-Fi network.

Additional Features

Reading Experience

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Kindle Voyage provides an enjoyable reading experience with the abundance of exceptional features. The PagePress feature allowing for a distraction-free reading surrounding. Adaptive front lighting prevents interference while reading in environments with dynamic lighting.

Kindle supports eight different text sizes as well as a selection of different font options. The fonts have been hand picked by Amazon to create a more realistic book experience.

Amazon redesigned Smart Lookup to make it easier to lookup definitions, characters, and settings. Smart Lookup is integrated with The New Oxford Dictionary, Wikipedia, and X-Ray. Just tapping and holding a word, phrase, or sentence will bring up Smart Lookup. Swiping right to left will show you the next card.
A new font called Bookerly has been exclusively designed by Amazon for reading on digital screens. The goal is to help customers read faster with less eyestrain. The appearance of Bookerly is supposed to give it a more book-like feeling.

Battery

The battery life has always been the most important component in ereaders, which has always had a competitive advantage over multipurpose phones and tablets. Amazon claims a single charge will last up to six weeks, if you read around half an hour per day with LED lighting set at half and with wireless disabled. This works out to be around 21 hours of total use.

The battery life depends on how well you optimize the lighting and Wi-Fi otpions. However though my experience I have never ran out of power while using my Kindle Voyage. But if you do run out of power it only takes four hours to fully recharge the Kindle.

Amazon Kindle Store

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Pricing

Amazon comes with a massive selection of ebooks, offering millions of titles at an affordable price. Roughly one million titles are priced at $2.99 or less and over two million titles are priced at $9.99 or less. Pricing at Amazon is fairly reasonable, with most of the bestsellers and newest releases starting at $9.99. Extremely popular titles will usually be available on Amazon at a much lower price than its competitors.

Related: How to Get Free Kindle Books

Kindle Unlimited

Kindle offers a variety of different ways to obtain books such as buying directly from Amazon’s Kindle Store or exploring Kindle’s Unlimited program. At just $9.99 per month, you can choose from over 800,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks. You can try Kindle Unlimited free for 30 days.

Public Library

Kindle books are available at more than 11,000 US Libraries. You can check out books for free at your local library and have them delivered straight to your Kindle wirelessly. All of Kindle’s unique features are present, “including real page numbers and Whispersync technology that synchronizes your notes, highlights, and last page read.”

Wrap-Up

The Kindle Voyage is definitely the best e-ink reader Amazon has ever produced. It has an excellent high resolution display, an innovative and intelligent adaptive light, and most importantly its comfortable to hold and read for extended periods.

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Kindle Voyage may well be the best ereader on the market, but it does come with a premium price tag. At a base brice of $199, this is one of the most expensive ereaders available today. The Paperwhite may not include all the advanced features that the Voyage has to offer, but it is $80 less than the Voyage.

The Kindle Voyage is for you if you are an avid reader. If reading is your hobby and you enjoy reading then get the Kindle Voyage. However, if you are a more casual reader, then perhaps you can purchase a more modest Paperwhite for $129.

PROS

  • Front-lit Display
  • Portable and Lightweight
  • Long-lasting Battery
  • High PPI and resolution

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Not Waterproof
  • No AC Adapter

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