- Screen Size: 6 in
- Resolution: 1430 x 1080
- Controls: Touchscreen
- Memory: 4GB
- Weight: 180g
- Formats: AZW3, Kindle Format 8, TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, DOC, DOCX
Overview: The Amazon Kindle Voyage has a beautiful interface and gives access to the extensive collection of books available on Amazon.com. It has a hefty price tag, however, and the experience may not be different enough to justify upgrading from an older Amazon device.
The design of the Amazon Kindle Voyage is defined by its very high resolution screen, but users will notice that there isn’t that much difference between it and other Amazon Ereaders, despite the expensive price tag. Where there are differences, it essentially comes down to the look and feel of the device, but that may make it just the right luxury item for some users.
The device, despite being thin and light, is quite sturdy. It has a beautiful case and the glass on the front is crystal clear, the touchscreen is responsive and it’s comfortable to hold in the hand. With the addition of a case, it won’t be that much different than holding a book in your hand, which is the experience that most Ereader users are probably after.
If you missed the page turn buttons that have disappeared from some Ereaders, you’ll find them back on this device. That might actually be a great selling point for some users, as it allows you to flip pages without touching the screen at all, providing a very natural feeling while you are reading. This device actually does give you some vibration feedback when you flip the page, which also might be useful for some readers.
The device has 802.11 Wi-Fi compatibility with all three standards. It is a fully wireless device, so you don’t have to hook up your computer to access any of your content.
The device measures 162 mm x 115 mm x 7.6 mm, so it is very modest as far as how much space it takes up in the hand. It doesn’t have expandable storage, but anything you buy off of Amazon goes into your free cloud storage, so this device certainly has the capacity to handle a lot of books with that additional cloud storage feature.
Using the Kindle Voyage
Those who have a different Kindle device from Amazon may want to hold off before upgrading to the Voyage, as the experience is likely to be very similar to using one of those devices. They won’t have the screen resolution, of course, but there are a lot of familiar aspects to the interface and how it works that, overall, really constitute the only drawback to this device.
The Voyage has a note taking ability, allowing you to put notes in the margin of anything you are reading. You can export these notes and, if you want to share your favorite quotes or passages from a book, you can highlight them and share them on social media networks, including Facebook. There is a social aspect to the eReader itself, as readers can share highlights with other readers.
There are several different options for flipping pages, allowing you to skip back and forth between pages or flip through one by one. The lighting on the device, of course, is excellent, as Amazon has a reputation for building into their eReaders. With the very high resolution display, the Voyage does display text beautifully and nobody should have any difficulty enjoying reading their favorite books on this particular device. The front light adapts to the ambient lighting, as well, so you don’t have to worry about manually turning it up and down whenever you are reading.
This device, with advertisements, is retailing for around $200. This makes it quite a bit more expensive than, for example, the NOOK simple touch. If you want to get rid of the advertisements, you can do so for approximately $20 more. If you want the deluxe version – meaning no advertisements and 3G access – the price gets closer to $300, making this one of the most expensive eReaders on the market. For aficionados, however, this may be exactly what they’re looking for.
There’s no way around the fact that the Voyage is beautiful. The device itself is well designed, it’s thin, it’s light and the adaptive lighting is really a nice touch. The display is gorgeous, as well, and it can really bring a book to life. The interface beyond that, however, is so familiar that it will either be perfect – due to familiarity – or it will not justify the price increase over Amazon’s other eReader models. If you love the Amazon interface and you want an eReader that really shows text beautifully, the Voyage is a great option. If you’re completely happy with your Paperwhite or standard Kindle, paying so much for a new eReader may not be worth it.
- Very High Resolution
- Light Weight for Size
- Free Amazon Cloud Storage
- 3G Option
- Low Innovation Factor
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