Should you buy Amazon’s best selling Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader or go up a level and buy the better looking Kindle Voyage? Here is our Kindle Paperwhite Vs Voyage comparison to help you make an informed decision.
Kindle Paperwhite Vs Voyage Comparison
Let us get started on this Kindle Paperwhite Vs Kindle Voyage Comparison by taking a look at the major specs of both these models of E-Readers from Amazon, in an easy to understand tabular format.
|Features||Kindle Paperwhite||Kindle Voyage|
|Size||6.7″ x 4.6″||6.4″ x 4.5″|
|Weight||205 ~ 217 Grams||180 ~ 188 Grams|
|Display||6″, 300 ppi||6″, 300 ppi|
|Storage||4 GB||4 GB|
|Battery Life||4 Weeks||6 Weeks|
|Built-in Light||4 LEDs||6 LEDs, Light Sensor|
|Network||WiFi, WiFi + Cellular||WiFi, WiFi + Cellular|
*Price may vary due to sales/offers.
Kindle Paperwhite Vs Voyage – Size & Design
- Kindle Paperwhite – 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″, 205 ~ 217 grams
- Kindle Voyage – 6.4″ x 4.5″ x 0.30″, 180 ~ 188 grams
Kindle Paperwhite has a simple design with plastic bezels enclosing its 6″ screen and rest of the body made out of plastic shell with a textured finish. The textured shell makes Paperwhite stain/finger print resistant and also makes it less likely to slip out of your hands.
Kindle Voyage features a sleek and compact design, with its bright glass screen being flush with the bezels and outer body made out of magnesium infused plastic.
The back of Kindle Voyage has a smooth finished upper part, which makes it susceptible to stains and finger prints (See image below)
Another difference between the two E-Readers is the location of the power button. Kindle Paperwhite has its power button located at the bottom of the device, while the Power button in Kindle Voyage has been moved to the back of the device (See above image).
Kindle Paperwhite Vs Voyage – Screen & Display
- Kindle Paperwhite – 6″, 300 ppi
- Kindle Voyage – 6″, 300 ppi
On paper, both Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage feature similar 300 ppi displays. However, there is a certain difference in display quality between the two readers that can be noticed when you keep them side-by-side.
The display on Kindle Voyage appears brighter, sharper and it displays pictures a shade better than Paperwhite.
This difference in display quality can be attributed to the glass screen in Kindle Voyage which has been micro-etched to diffuse light and reduce glare.
Kindle Paperwhite Vs Voyage – Page Turns
- Kindle Paperwhite – Touch Screen
- Kindle Voyage – Page Press
In the case of Kindle Paperwhite, you can turn pages by swiping/tapping on the screen. In comparison, Kindle Voyage allows you turn pages by swiping and also be pressing on the bezels.
As you can see in the image below, both side bezels in Kindle Voyage are equipped with pressure sensitive Haptic sensors. Pressing on these sensors triggers a page turn in Kindle Voyage.
Unlike actual buttons, the Page Turning Sensors in Kindle Voyage only convey the sensation of pressing a button and they do not actually move like real or physical buttons.
Since the page turning sensors are placed on both side bezels, Kindle Voyage suits both right and left handed readers.
Kindle Paperwhite Vs Voyage – In-Built Lighting
- Kindle Paperwhite – 4 LED’s
- Kindle Voyage – 6 LEDs, Light Sensor
Kindle Voyage is equipped with a light sensor, capable of detecting light intensity in your reading room and automatically adjusting the screen to ideal brightness.
The ideal brightness setting in Kindle Voyage is based on Amazon’s research on optimal brightness for all lighting conditions. In case required, the level of brightness can be fine-tuned to suit your own personal preferences.
When reading in the dark, the adaptive front light automatically lowers the brightness level over a period of time to match the natural way human eyes respond to darkness.
Kindle Paperwhite Vs Voyage – Storage
- Kindle Paperwhite – 4 GB
- Kindle Voyage – 4 GB
There is practically no difference between these E-Readers, as far as in-built storage capacity is concerned.
Both Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage have the same 4 GB storage, which according to Amazon is good enough to store thousands of books.
Kindle Paperwhite Vs Voyage – Battery life
- Kindle Paperwhite – 6 Weeks
- Kindle Voyage – 6 Weeks
The Battery on Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage is rated to last up to 6 weeks on a single charge.
According to Amazon, the Battery on Kindle Paperwhite takes about 4 hours to become fully charged, while it takes an hour less (3 hours) in the case of Kindle Voyage.
Kindle Paperwhite Vs Voyage – Connectivity
- Kindle Paperwhite – WiFi, WiFi+Cellular
- Kindle Voyage – WiFi, WiFi+Cellular
You can buy both Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage in WiFi only or WiFi+Cellular versions.
In both cases, models with Cellular support cost more and provide the advantage of being able to download books at any time using Free Cellular network as provided by Amazon.
In the case of WiFi only models, you will be able to download books only when a WiFi network is present. In our opinion, this should not be a major point in decision making, unless you travel frequently.
Kindle Paperwhite Vs Voyage – Conclusion
In our view Kindle Paperwhite is an excellent E-Reader with 300 PPI display and in-built lighting for night-time reading. Hence, Kindle Paperwhite is recommended for most people, especially those who are budget conscious.
Serious readers who do not mind paying more for a better looking E-Reader which also has adaptive lighting can go for Kindle Voyage.
- Check Current Kindle Paperwhite and Voyage Prices at Amazon.