The Kindle e-reader or e-book reader has come a long way. I had one of the original Kindle reader from Amazon and its biggest selling points are the e-ink screen that looks really good even in bright sunlight and the awesome battery life. However, in order to get that great battery life, there were many concessions that had to be made. Amazon has just launched their latest e-ink based reader, the Kindle Voyage and you may not have noticed the slight improvements that Amazon had made over the years on their Kindle e-reader product line but comparing to the original Kindle, we can see that that it has improved by leaps and bounds.
The original Kindle released in 2007 was bulky, heavy and despite its size, had a very small screen because a whole chunk of space on the device was taken up by the keyboard. The new Kindle Voyage has a large beautiful 6 inch 300 PPI e-paper display, measures just 6.4″ x 4.5″ x 0.30″ and weighs 6.3 ounces. While the earlier Kindles look perfectly fine in bright light, they require external lighting when reading in the dark. The new Kindle Voyage comes with built-in light that adjusts its brightness depending on ambient lighting.
New features on the Voyage including the new PagePress feature. To turn a page, you no longer have to press on a button or touch the screen. Just give the bezel a slight squeeze and the page turns automatically. Earlier this year, Amazon introduced Kindle Unlimited, a read-all-you-want service similar to Netflix. With the launch of Voyage, this service has been extended to users in the UK. Currently the service has over 700,000 titles. The Kindle Voyage will come with a one month free trial of Kindle Unlimited.
And best of all, the Kindle Voyage does all of the above without compromising on battery life. Expect to still get weeks of battery life instead of the hours we are so familiar with nowadays with our mobile devices.