Amazon has unveiled its latest e-reader, the Kindle Voyage. At over $200 (roughly 20k PKR), it’s a premium device that is aimed at serious readers. For the price, you would expect a top-of-the-line experience and every impression thus far has been that it delivers.
First of all, the body is made of magnesium instead of plastic and it’s only 7.6mm wide so it feels better in the hand. The display is the same six inches but the resolution has been bumped up to 1440×1072 which gives it an impressive 300 pixels per inch. That’s high enough to convert even the most ardent paperback advocates. The display also boasts one more improvement. It has an adjustable light that changes intensity upon your surrounding so that you can spend more time reading and less time tinkering around.
The device includes a new way to turn pages. In addition to swiping the screen left or right, you can now press lightly on either side of the device to turn a page ahead. New ‘PagePress’ pressure sensors run down the bezel of the device so they should satisfy right handed and left handed people alike. Haptic feedback is also provided with every page turn. To turn a page back, you simply press the little dot atop the lines which is easy enough.
On the software side of things, the Kindle Voyage includes everything from its predecessors. Dictionary, X-ray (which allows you to find out character information amongst other things), highlights and upcoming features make sure that it’s the best reading experience you can get. Battery wise, the Voyage is expected to last weeks (16-20 hours of reading time, practically) despite the addition of new features.
Other features you might be interested in are 4GB of internal memory, a charge time of 3 hours from a computer USB port and WiFi connectivity. The pricing for the Kindle Voyage is as follows.
|Kindle Voyage WiFi (with special offers)||$199|
|Kindle Voyage WiFi (without special offers)||$219|
|Kindle Voyage WiFi + 3G (with special offers)||$269|
|Kindle Voyage WiFi + 3G (without special offers)||$289|
In conclusion, the new Amazon Voyage is undoubtedly the best e-reader to hit the market. And that comes at a price. So if you are a casual reader, go for the Kindle PaperWhite or Nook GlowLight. If you are a purist, you could consider the Kobo AuraHD if you want something slightly cheaper but for us there is no doubt that the Kindle Voyage is as good as it gets if you don’t mind splashing the cash.