PROS / The Kindle Voyage has a full HD e-ink display that is great for viewing magazines, newspapers and comic books.
CONS / The gap between the Voyage and more affordable Kindle models is minimal.
VERDICT / The Kindle Voyage is an excellent eReader, featuring a full HD e-ink display and stellar build quality.
Amazon consistently produces some of the best eBook readers available, and with its strong build quality and user-friendly design, the new Kindle Voyage is a shining example of the quality the company can produce. Amazon made several improvements to the Kindle line of eReaders, including software updates and the addition of touchpad page turning. Of all the eBook readers available, the Kindle Voyage is one of the best premium devices, and it's the winner of our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.
Readability & Display
The Voyage's adaptive front lighting is one of its main strengths. When you open an eBook in a dark room, the screen is bright, and as your eyes adjust to the dark, the screen slowly dims to reduce eyestrain. If you don't like the self-dimming screen, you can change the settings. This eReader has other equally impressive design features. For instance, rather than swiping or pressing buttons to turn pages, the Voyage has pressure plates on its left and right sides. When you turn the page, the screen emits a haptic pulse that only your thumb feels. This way, you know the device registered a page turn.
Of all the eReaders we tested, the Kindle Voyage has one of the best screens. With its 1448 x 1072 resolution and 300 pixels per inch (ppi) density, it is a joy to read from. By comparison, only the best eReaders rely on 300 ppi displays; this density produces sharp text and clear image quality.
The 6-inch screen is flush with the eReader’s body, so its design is smooth. Instead of the standard plastic screen found on most eBook readers, the Voyage’s screen is made with micro-etched glass. This material is excellent at diffusing light, and there was very little screen glare during our hands-on testing.
Even with its top-of-the-line screen, the eReader's value isn’t proportional to the price jump when compared to the feature sets of other members of the Kindle family. The Kindle Paperwhite – which is a tier below the Voyage – features the same 300 ppi display. The Voyage supplements this gap with better design and build quality, but the similar onscreen performance makes the difference between the premium Voyage and other entry-level Kindles difficult to navigate.
Design & Portability
The Kindle Voyage is one of the smallest and lightest eBook readers we reviewed. At 6.3 ounces, it's hardly noticeable in your bag or pocket. Also, it's only 6.4 inches long, so you shouldn't have a problem fitting it in a jacket pocket or purse. With 4GB of internal storage, the eBook reader has ample room for books and magazines. You cannot expand this storage space with a microSD card.
As you check out on Amazon, you can choose to include several optional add-ons. The base version of the Voyage comes with Wi-Fi internet connectivity. If you want to access Amazon's free continental U.S. 3G data, you have to pay extra. While you can download books or surf the web anywhere without paying for a mobile contract when you purchase the 3G version, the extra cost can be a notable hurdle for general users. Like all other Kindles, the basic Voyage displays ads in the home menu and standby screen. If you want to remove these ads, it costs extra at checkout.
As with other Kindles, Amazon's store catalog gives the Voyage added value. You can find a variety of books, magazines, newspapers and other content in Kindle's store, which is easy to access from the eReader. The Voyage also has subscription options for major newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. In addition, the Voyage benefits from strong support for checkout options from public libraries. Many feature large Kindle-specific catalogs that you can borrow books from.
Help & Support
Amazon protects the Voyage with a standard one-year warranty, but you can pay extra for an extended warranty. The company also offers support through a variety of channels, including social media, live chat and phone agents. Amazon’s online support section is easy to navigate, thanks to its search functions and thorough selection of documents.
The Kindle Voyage is one of the best eReaders available, and while it's significantly more expensive than many other eBook readers, the incredible HD display and adaptive lighting justify this cost. It also has a variety of extra features to help you get more out of your reading experience. The Kindle Voyage is a large step forward in the technology of HD eBook readers, and its design and features make it stand out.