Amazon recently added the Kindle Voyage to their line of tablets and e-readers. The e-reader, which starts at $199, is both slimmer and lighter than its predecessor, the Kindle Paperwhite. The Voyage boasts both improved lighting and resolution — in fact, there are almost twice as many pixels in the Voyage in comparison with the Paperwhite.

 

The Kindle Voyage's self-adjusting brightness and anti-glare technology make it easier than ever to use an e-reader outside. (pcmag.com)

The Kindle Voyage’s self-adjusting brightness and anti-glare technology make it easier than ever to use an e-reader outside. (pcmag.com)

Just as the human eye can adjust to the dark, so can Amazon’s new e-reader. A handy feature allows an adaptive light sensor that detects lighting level to signal a change in the brightness settings on the e-reader’s display. This adjustability, coupled with PagePress sensors that allow you to flip through pages without lifting a finger, addresses some of the difficulties previously associated with e-readers.

 

Amazon’s Voyage not only offers a physical body that brings it into competition with the printed text, but also offers an entirely new dimension to reading. The Vocabulary Builder feature keeps track of words that you search for in the dictionary; the X-Ray feature (which existed in earlier models, too) can help you to keep learn more about characters or places that you may encounter while reading. Features such as these begin to uncover the unrealized potential that electronic devices like e-readers may have. For educational purposes, for instance, the Voyage could be a great tool to learn a new language by allowing you to automatically look up and store the definition of words you are not familiar with.

 

While the Voyage is definitely a step up from the Paperwhite, it may not be enough of a step up to justify the much higher price. Starting at $119, the Paperwhite is still a solid choice for an e-reader. If price is not an issue, then — by all means — go for the Voyage.

 

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