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.
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?
Well, we’re updating this article to reflect the all-new Paperwhite 2018 which is now a millimeter thinner, fully waterproof and with an improved 300 ppi of resolution.
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. In all-new Paperwhite form, it’s now even slimmer than ever without costing any more.
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.
All-new Paperwhite has a flush screen.
Old aperwhite displays 212 ppi with a jump to 300 ppi in the new waterproof Paperwhite. 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
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.
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.
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 Features||Kindle Voyage||Kindle Paperwhite|
|Weight||Wi-Fi: 180 grams; Wi-Fi + 3G: 188 grams||Wi-Fi: 206 grams; Wi-Fi + 3G: 216 grams|
|Size||6.4″ x 4.5″ x 0.30″||6.7″ x 4.6″ X 0.36″|
|Screen||6” glass||6” rubber|
|Resolution||300 ppi||212 ppi|
|Battery Life||6 weeks on 3 hours charge||8 weeks on 4 hours charge|
Which one to Pick?
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.
If you’re looking for an e-reader you can use by the pool or in the beach, all-new Paperwhite makes perfect sense.
Check out both of these fine devices here and roll with the one that best gels with your needs and your pocket…