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Kindle Voyage review: Amazon's e-reader is too good to be merely a Paperwhite 2

Michael Brown | Oct. 28, 2014
The Kindle Voyage? The name makes no sense, but I understand why Amazon didn't call its latest e-reader the Paperwhite 2. It's good enough to deserve a name all its own.

Should you buy one?

The only other significant criticism I can muster for the Kindle Voyage is to gripe about its price tag. Comparing versions with Amazon's "Special Offers" (ads that pop up when you're not reading), the delta between the $79 Kindle and the $119 Kindle Paperwhite is $40. You'll pay twice that premium to move from the Paperwhite to the $199 Voyage. It costs an additional $20 to eliminate the ads, and a cool $70 to get 3G connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi.

I've always scoffed at the idea of paying so much more to get 3G connectivity; but now that I've experienced it with the Voyage, it's pretty easy to want. Getting rid of the ads and including 3G elevates the price of a Voyage all the way to $289. You can buy a 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX for $179, but I'm a bit of purist when it comes to reading. I want the most book-like experience I can get. The Paperwhite comes very close, but the Voyager knocks it out of the park.

Having said that, I think the Paperwhite still delivers the better price-to-performance ratio both for someone buying an e-reader for the first time, and for someone upgrading from a stock Kindle. The Voyage is the best e-reader on the market, but Amazon has hung a price tag commensurate with that position.

 

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