Amazon’s $200 Kindle Voyage is the Rolls-Royce of e-readers
Maybe Amazon bought loads of 3G Paperwhites with out particular gives. Or perhaps Kobo’s Aura HD has quietly taken the world by storm and Jeff Bezos determined he wanted a solution. Regardless of the impetus, Amazon has determined there’s room on the planet for a $199 e-reader. The Kindle Voyage was constructed for individuals who “like to learn.” Clearly the corporate thinks there’s a place on the market for a premium e-reader and, whereas we will not vouch for the vibrancy of the excessive-finish e-reader market, we will affirm that Amazon has put collectively a stunner of a tool. The acquainted Kindle software program has even picked up some neat new software program tips that the Voyage taught its extra finances-minded siblings.
In some ways, the Voyage appears like your commonplace e-reader. It is small, rectangular and there is a crisp, lovely E Ink display up entrance. However when you begin poking at it a bit, you understand this can be a totally different beast from most of its predecessors. For one, just like the Kobo Aura, the display is flush with the physique — there isn’t any raised bezel right here. Secondly, the supplies are decidedly extra luxurious. The shell is product of a stunning matte magnesium that may really feel at residence on Lenovo’s prime-of-the-line ThinkPads, whereas the entrance is a chemically hardened glass. That plate of glass can also be micro-etched, which just about eliminates glare and lends a satisfying texture to the gadget. Amazon likes to say it seems like paper and, whereas that is a little bit of a stretch, the corporate is not utterly off base. The small quantity of resistance the etching provides delivers a tactility that’s lacking from a clean, shiny panel.
Beneath the glass is a subsequent-era Paperwhite show that packs 300 pixels per inch in a 6-inch panel. To say textual content and pictures have been “crisp” can be an understatement. Merely put, it is the perfect display we have ever seen on an e-reader. Even on complicated photographs, you would be arduous-pressed to identify a person pixel. And the lighting continues to be in a category above most of its rivals — it is clean, even and virtually blinding at its highest settings. Amazon even sneaked some sensors into the Voyage, which permit it to routinely modify the entrance mild based mostly in your environment.
The Voyage can also be extremely skinny and lightweight. At 7.6mm, it is the thinnest Kindle but and solely zero.1mm thicker than an iPad Air. Clearly, we could not sit and skim for hours on finish throughout our temporary introduction to the gadget, however we will not think about you’d have any hassle holding it. And, even when your arm did get drained, there’s an Origami cowl that may additionally act as a stand on your Kindle.
The Voyage additionally marks the return of web page-flip buttons… kind of. Beneath the bezel is a pressure sensor that may set off “PagePress” — Amazon’s fancy means of describing turning the web page with out touching the display. You’ll be able to nonetheless swipe if you need, however as any of you who learn whereas standing on a bus or practice know, one-handed swiping may be troublesome. A small, vibrating motor even supplies some haptic suggestions to let you realize you’ve got turned the web page (in case you could not determine it out by wanting on the display).
The Kindle software program has additionally picked up a number of new tips. Notably X-Ray has two new modes: a picture browser for all of your image-heavy titles, and notable passages, which collects all crucial moments in a timeline view. When you might probably use it like CliffsNotes, it appears extra helpful for shortly catching up in the event you’ve put a ebook down earlier than ending it. (I, for one, might actually use this with my copy of The Wilderness Warrior, which has taken me virtually three years to learn.) There’s additionally WordWise, which places definitions proper on the web page as you are studying them. It’s going to definitely be useful for college kids working to construct their vocabulary, however it’s undoubtedly too cluttered to make use of for on a regular basis studying.
All the new software program options will probably be making their option to the refreshed Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite as nicely. The Paperwhite is getting solely the mildest of upgrades — going from 2GB to 4GB of storage. The really price range $seventy nine Kindle, then again, is getting a comparatively vital revamp. The brand new design, aside from its cumbersome physique, is nearly indistinguishable from the Paperwhite. The navigation buttons are all gone and the interface has gone all-contact. You additionally get a a lot beefier processor and twice the storage as earlier than. When you do not usually take into consideration the processor in your e-reader, as Amazon retains packing in options, you will be grateful for the additional horsepower. Even with the brand new CPU, you will in all probability discover a stutter or two as you poke round in X-Ray or begin turning on options like WordWise.
Each the Voyage and the brand new Kindle will begin delivery in October and can be found for pre-order as we speak. Now all Amazon has to do is persuade somebody that any e-reader, even one as pretty because the Voyage, is value $200.
Replace: Observe that $200 is just the beginning worth. If you would like a Voyage with 3G and no advertisements you will should cough up $289. I do not assume we have to spell out how ridiculously costly that’s for an e-reader.
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- Display sort E Ink
- Display measurement 6 inches
- Touchscreen Capacitive [finger]
- Inner storage 2 GB
- Battery life As much as 2 months
- Dimensions 6.7 x four.6 x zero.36 in
- Weight 7.three oz
- Launched 2013-09-30
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