Kindle Voyage vs Kindle Paperwhite: Which one to Pick?

 

 

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Life is all about making hard decisions, isn’t it?

While trying to choose between Kindle Voyage and Kindle Paperwhite might well be considered a first world problem by some, it certainly can be a real dilemma if you’re a book enthusiast who wants to harness the power of e-books but you don’t know which device would work best.

When Kindle Voyage was released, the most pressing issue customers grappled with was the higher price tag when Kindle Paperwhite is available for far less.

Is price the most important element when deciding what you buy?

For us, price is always a factor but it should never be the determining factor.

However, since Paperwhite is already a first-rate e-book reader, what possible improvements could Amazon add to make it better and justify charging much more for it?

Read on to discover the answer then choose what’s the best fit for you and your budget…

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Weight and Size

Here are the dimensions and weight of both Kindle Voyage and Paperwhite:

  • Size of Kindle Voyage:  6.4 x 4.5 x 0.30 inches (162 mm x 115 mm x 7.6 mm)
  • Size of Kindle Paperwhite: 6.7 x 4.6 x 0.36 inches (169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm)
  • Weight of Kindle Voyage: Wi-Fi: 180 grams. Wi-Fi + 3G: 188 grams
  • Weight of Kindle Paperwhite: Wi-Fi: 206 grams. Wi-Fi + 3G: 216 grams

Voyage is slightly slimmer, smaller, and lighter.

Paperwhite was already very user-friendly in terms of weight and size but we always appreciate any decrease when it comes to our gadgets so the slimline look is welcomed.

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Screen Difference

One of the major differences between Voyage and Paperwhite concerns the screen…

Kindle Voyage has a flush glass screen instead of the rubber edges found on Paperwhite. The Voyage screen goes neatly from edge to edge like your phone or tablet. This, in addition to the paper-like finish and 300 ppi (pixels per inch), is probably one of the key advantages of Kindle Voyage.

Paperwhite dislays 212 ppi. This is more than acceptable but the contrast and sharpness is noticeably higher on the Voyage.

That flush screen on Voyage means that dust and debris doesn’t collect there and settle like it tends to with

Battery Life

What everyone loves about the Kindle e-reader series is that amazingly long-lasting battery.

Note, however, that the battery life on Kindle Voyage is less than that of Paperwhite

Kindle Voyage gives you up to 6 weeks on a full charge if you read for 30 minutes every day with Wi-Fi off and the brightness setting at 10. It charges fully within 3 hours.

Kindle Paperwhite runs for up to 8 weeks with the same configurations as the Voyage and takes on a full charge in around 4 hours.

We have to say that 6 weeks of battery life is still outstanding. While Paperwhite undeniably gives you a little more juice, this is not something upon which you should base your entire buying decision.

PagePress

Amazon introducedPagePress with Kindle Voyage.

This is a feature in which you get small bezels you can press at the side of the screen to turn pages. These bezels are available on both sides of the screen and work for both right-handers and left-handers.

Paperwhite does not have this function.

You get a slight vibration to let you confirm that the page-turn has been successful, although you can obviously see this for yourself.

The old swipe and tap option to turn pages still works on both devices.

Built-In Frontlight

Both Kindle Voyage and Paperwhite has built-in front light. This enables you to read comfortably at night or in dim light without an additional light source or straining your eyes.

This feature works brilliantly on both the devices. The only difference is that on Voyage, the light adjusts itself to your surrounding and gradually increases or decreases its brightness. You need to manually change the brightness level on your Paperwhite.

Beyond this, light distribution is more even on the Voyage. Contrast is stronger, the background looks much brighter, and the text blacker and sharper on Voyage compared to Paperwhite.

Here’s a quick glance at a summary of the major differences between the Kindle Voyage and Paperwhite:

Dimensions and FeaturesKindle VoyageKindle Paperwhite
WeightWi-Fi: 180 grams; Wi-Fi + 3G: 188 gramsWi-Fi: 206 grams; Wi-Fi + 3G: 216 grams
Size6.4″ x 4.5″ x 0.30″6.7″ x 4.6″ X 0.36″
Screen6” glass6” rubber
Resolution300 ppi212 ppi
Page PressYesNo
Battery Life6 weeks on 3 hours charge8 weeks on 4 hours charge

Which one to Pick?

In short, Kindle Voyage and Paperwhite were designed with different audiences in mind…

Voyage is a refined version of the Paperwhite with a few bonus features. This comes particularly to the fore with the superior quality of text. This, after all, is the core reason for buying an e-reader so do not overlook this difference.

Paperwhite, on the other hand, is for people who love reading e-books, but can manage just fine without the finer design tweaks and enhancement of page-turning.

Check out both of these fine devices here and roll with the one that best gels with your needs and your pocket…

 

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I rarely say “Thanks” after reading a review, or after reading anything at all.

Your superb review is an exception to this rule. Thank you. A first world problem has just turned into a good decision. I am buying Voyage.

Thanks again.

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Did you see that Amazon released a 300 ppi Paperwhite?