Hi Everyone, did you’ll enjoy reading our previous post on Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review? If yes, then here is another similar review on Kindle Voyage. Check it out!
Amazon’s Kindle Voyage has been touted as the best e-reader on the market. Period. Does it hold up to this boldly declared claim? That’s what we are going to find out in this Kindle Voyage review.
According to many, especially here in India, the Kindle Voyage is a superbly crafted, feature-rich piece of workmanship, that far surpasses its rivals in design and readability. Although the launch in India was a bit late, it did not deter the Kindle enthusiasts to jump at the chance of buying it locally. Some of the features which contributed to its top-of-the-range status are it’s clear and sharp screen, it’s slightly thinner and lighter design, it’s new origami case and the ‘haptic’ controls for turning pages.
Although it’s 6-inch backlit touchscreen is a wow-factor in itself and contributes much to the clearness experienced when reading from the e-reader, this feature is nothing new, as it is shared with its predecessor, the Kindle Paperwhite and the newbie, the Kindle Oasis. (Read this Kindle Oasis review to know more about its features)
The Kindle Voyage India might be considered pricey by some, but it is a minor setback, taking into consideration all that you get in the package. For the geeks and the readers, this might just be the device to dig your fingers into, as it’s surely jam-packed with the latest in technology.
Should you already have a Kindle Paperwhite and feel that it does its job perfectly well, then I do not see the need to upgrade unless you are a die-hard fan and must have the latest in your arsenal of Amazon Kindle greatness.
Let’s dive right in with this Amazon Kindle Voyage Review and see what the craze is all about.
1. Kindle Voyage Specifications: Kindle Voyage v/s Kindle Paperwhite
|Dimensions||At 6.4in x 4.5in x 0.30in||At 6.7in x 4.6in x 0.36in|
|Weight||Very light at 6.3 ounces||A titbit heavier at 7.3 ounces|
|Display||It has 300ppi at a size of 6" diagonally,colour at 16-level grayscale, with a front-lit LED||Only has 212ppi at a size of 6" diagonally, has colour at 16-level grayscale, also has a front-lit LED|
|Storage Memory||4GB||2 GB|
|Page Turns||It has both Touchscreen & PagePress||Only has Touchscreen|
|Display Lighting||Sports an adaptive light sensor as well as manual adjustment||Only has manually adjustable lighting at the front|
2. The Screen Review of Kindle Voyage
The most noticeable feature of the Kindle Voyage is it’s 300ppi (which stands for pixels-per-inch) display screen. It makes a noticeable difference in reading, especially, if you take into consideration that the Kindle Paperwhite only boasts a mere 212ppi (the newer models all come with the famous 300ppi).
When reading material that contains a lot of illustrations or photographs, the Voyage is definitely my choice, as whatever you’re viewing seems to pop out at you. The Kindle Voyage’s display is as sharp as a retina phone or tablet, and it appears to be approximately 35% sharper than the Kindle Paperwhite.
This makes it much easier to read the smaller font-sized-text. Apart from that, reading on the Voyage has the distinct feeling of reading a book or a newspaper. Earlier editions of the Kindle had a type of fuzzy look, which is irritating to the eyes.
Not with the Voyage, everything is crisp and clear and it actually looks more like ink printed on a book, than many books in circulation today. So, if you’ve been sitting on the fence regarding e-readers, this feature alone might clearly haul you over.
Whereas the Paperwhite and earlier editions of the Kindle had an inset plastic display, in this Kindle Voyage review, we found out that this Kindle edition boasts a micro-etched glass display, running from edge-to-edge. This glass diffuses light in order to eliminate glare and thus matches the feeling of paper.
On either side of the screen are PagePress sensors with haptics. Well, what are these? PagePress is force sensor technology made of carbon and silver. They react to a subtle increase in pressure and can trigger a page-turn. They provide what Amazon calls a haptic response, which only your thumb can sense. The word haptic means, in not so many words, communication through touch.
Haptic technology recreates this sense of touch through means other than direct touching. Communication is created by applying force, motion or vibrations. This is the same way that virtual objects in computer simulations are created. This technology has no moving parts, and the haptics provides the indication that a button has been pressed. Pretty impressive.
How to use them? By gently squeezing the device’s edges. The edges have pressure-sensitive bezels, that when gently squeezed, will turn your pages. The longer bottom ones will turn to the next page, while the shorter upper ones will turn back. Apart from that, you can still tap on the screen to navigate your book.
A necessary feature is that you can set the sensitivity of these buttons and thus the amount of haptic feedback they give when pressed.
Like its predecessor, the Kindle Voyage also comes with a adaptive lighting system. This allows your Kindle to be read in any environment or at any time. The brightness smoothly shifts across your page, without notice, which allows you to read without distraction.
It keeps the page in sharp contrast, which allows reading to be done in any lighting situation. This feature can be turned off if you so wish. Additionally, there is a Night Light setting, that slowly dims the light as you’re reading at night-time. This allows your eyes to slowly adjust to the darkness around you.
3. Exterior Design Review of Kindle Voyage
The Kindle Voyage’s exterior case is made of durable magnesium instead of plastic. The front display is made of micro-etched glass which makes it hard to break.
Whereas before the power button used to be at the bottom of the case, it has now moved to the back. A very nice touch to the Voyage, as it is cumbersome to reach your thumb down to the bottom whilst trying to hold the Kindle steady.
Using the power button isn’t exactly necessary if you use one of those self-activating covers that utilise the Voyage Auto Wake function. What this basically means is that if you pop on one of those covers, the device goes to sleep when you close the cover and “wakes” up again when you open it, making it unnecessary to reach out to the back to switch the device off.
The micro-USB charging port has not moved from its position at the bottom of the Kindle. The Voyage is 7.6mm thick, in comparison to the Paperwhite’s 9.1mm thickness, and weighs an ounce less than the Paperwhite. Although you’d hardly notice it, it is slightly smaller in diameter than the Paperwhite as well.
Most e-readers of the past couple of years have basically had the same type of look. They all sported rounded corners and a flat, approximately hand-sized frame. All were about the thickness of a pencil. With the advent of the Voyage, all of these features were discarded.
The new Voyage sports more sloping angles, which makes it much easier to grip the e-reader whilst reading. It is an improvement over the former generation devices. Now, it is easier to hold the Voyage with one hand for a longer period of time, than you could with a Paperwhite. Not that the Voyage is all that much heavier and need more exertion, but it is just a nice feature to have for the sake of comfort.
For an extra $60 you can buy a leather (or $45 for a normal one) origami cover for Kindle voyage. This origami cover also doubles as a stand for your Kindle, hence the name origami. The Voyage fits nicely into the origami cover due to a magnetic grip. It comes in quite handy when you have to prop your Kindle for hands-free reading.
On the front is a single pane of glass covering the display from one edge to the other. This gives the Voyage a very attractive look compared to the previous versions which were slightly thicker and had raised bezels. The PagePress technology makes flipping or turning a page by gently tapping on the bezels a breeze.
There are quite a lot of opinions on how useful the PagePress buttons are. We tend to think that they make the Voyage quite unique and great to have. They are way more convenient than having to tap on the screen. It is hard to locate them in the darkness, though, but over time one gets used to where to slightly press.
The Voyage does not come with a headphone jack and thus does not support audio books, but this is a small matter in comparison to all the rich features this device possesses. A smartphone or MP3 player can easily be utilised for this.
A not so pleasant issue with all Kindles is support for other formats. The Voyage does not support ePub books from other stores. This is an issue all Kindle users have made peace with, and hopefully, in future, this might change.
4. Kindle Voyage Review for Battery and Capacity
According to Amazon, a charge will last up to six weeks. This is based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless turned off, and the setting for the light set at 10 (the maximum being 24).
Your battery life varies based on various factors like the light setting and your wireless usage.
The Kindle Voyage has a storage memory capacity of 4GB. This is the most memory Amazon has ever installed on a Kindle. The operating system utilises about 1GB of space, and the rest, 3GB, is available for books which is more than enough space for thousands of books.
No matter if your books have tons of illustrations, maps, charts or photographs, this amount of space is still a lot.
5. Kindle Voyage Review for Software Used
The Voyage has no remarkable new software on it. Pretty much everything on the Paperwhite is included on the Voyage.
- Page Flip – This is a handy piece of software, as it allows you to skip forwards and backwards through your book without losing your place. It keeps a tab on the page you’re reading and saves it to the side of your screen. Turn it on by swiping from the bottom up and a pop-up of your page will appear. When done just simply tap the X, and it closes.
- Vocabulary Builder – Words you look up in the vocabulary are automatically added to Vocabulary Builder. You can swipe through these words, and test yourself.
- Web Browser – Like the Paperwhite, the Voyage also has a web browser that allows you to look up words on Wikipedia when the word is pressed on. One can also use it as a general web browser. The only thing to keep in remembrance is that it is fairly slow and does not have colour.
- Whispersync – This software synchronises the last page you read and your bookmarks to all your devices, so you can continue with your work without unnecessary interruption.
- X-Ray – This feature exposes all relevant ideas, topics of interest and places, amongst many on a timeline. The timeline allows you to flip through these passages as a reminder of what’s happened in the book.
- Goodreads – Connects you with a big community of book lovers online. You’ll be able to see what your friends are reading, share portions that stand out to you and rate your books.
6. Kindle Voyage Reviews: Extras
- USB charging cable – The box includes a USB charging cable, but unfortunately, there is no AC charger provided with, but Amazon does sell them separately. However, to avoid the cost, you could easily buy from third-party vendors, who charge way less than the ones from Amazon. Your cell phone charger will also do the job just fine. If you absolutely have to, then you can charge straight from the USB port of your computer, but this usually takes a bit longer.
- Kindle cover – A cover comes in very handy, as it makes it easier to hand-hold the Voyage, but is also necessary to protect the screen. The ideal and recommended cover would be one that supports Voyage’s Auto-Wake function. This function puts the Voyage to sleep when the cover is closed and wakes it when the cover is open. Also be on the lookout for the very thin ones. They are lightweight and easily fold back for better one-handed reading.
The Voyage is undoubtedly a worthwhile investment if you can afford it. On the other hand, if you do possess a Paperwhite, Oasis or other Kindle from the earlier editions, and you’re happy with them, there really is no reason to upgrade to a Voyage.
Based on its great features and its performance, I would gladly give the Kindle a 5-star rating on this Amazon Kindle Voyage review. Though it’s on the pricey side, the high definition display and it’s adaptive lighting system justifies this expenditure.