Saturday, October 25, 2014

Kindle Voyage in review: Light, slim, easy to use – Heise Newsticker

The new Kindle Voyage is compact and scores with a sharp display and so far most successful implementation of the LED lighting.

With the Kindle Voyage there after two years, the first time growth in Amazon’s Kindle series: The E-reader is the new high-end model and offers over its predecessor Paperwhite an optimized illumination, sensor keys to scroll, and a more compact housing – but with 190 EUR also more expensive. Together with the still available Kindle Paperwhite 2013 (from 110 euros) and the new entry-level Kindle with touch screen (from 60 euros) Amazon is now offering three instead of two reader models.

The biggest change over the Paperwhite plugged in Voyage in the cabinet design. Amazon has taken the appearance of his Fire Tablets for the Reader: On display frame and a flat glass plate is glued on the front, unlike the White Paper of plastic frame sits no longer a millimeter. The disc is different from the Fire Tablets frosted, so you can use well the Voyage as other readers in the sunlight.

Because the frame around display slightly narrower and the device only 8 millimeters thick acts, the Voyage is compact and with 186 grams also lighter than the White Paper. The back is more flattened at the sides (5 to 8 mm). The on / off switch is moved from the bottom to the back.

Through the seamless surface, we experienced when testing occasionally unintentionally the touch screen, but overall we found the new design quite a bit handier and above all better to use, if one keeps the reader reading gladly handed.

Comeback of the scroll buttons

This is also due to the new sensor buttons left and right of the display. About it, you can scroll touchscreen alternative to the fast-reacting (single). On both sides of the display there is one long button to move up and a brief to move back. The best places to thumb lightly on one of the buttons and pressed to scroll a little harder; the pressure level can be set in the menu. There you can also specify whether the Reader vibrated slightly as haptic feedback when pressed.

The 6-inch display uses as its predecessor, the current e-ink technology Carta, but dissolves with 300 dpi (1440 × 1080 to 6 inches) and so a whole lot higher than the White Paper (210 dpi) or competitors as Tolino (210 dpi) or Kobo Aura H2O (266 dpi). The difference can be seen in small characters, for example in the menus and in the integrated web browser. If you have chosen a normal-sized or large font size when reading, it falls on the other hand hardly on, especially if it is sans serif fonts.

Controlled LED lights

Meanwhile, the standard is at readers a more expensive LED lighting. The Voyage of the falls from very uniform, shadow as in White Paper (2012) can not be identified at the bottom of the screen. The maximum brightness level lights with 123 cd / m², the White Paper put it in the c’t test only 85 cd / m². Can completely switch off the lighting you not. The white LEDs Amazon has slightly warmer designed, making it look more natural

A new feature is the automatic brightness control, which is set set pretty smart. In sunlight, it regulates the LEDs down completely, in darker rooms it turns on , If the room is completely dark but, it dims back down a bit so as not to dazzle. If the “night light” is activated, the illumination time regulates the reader in dark rooms down, because the eyes have adjusted to the darkness.

Lightweight hardware improvements

its predecessor is part of the Voyage to the liveliest readers: he has opened in a few seconds eBooks to touch it reacts very quickly – even if the technology due not so quickly as on a tablet. For leaves in E-Books of the Voyage takes half a second.

The new Kindle has only Amazon and Mobi formats, PDF and TXT. You can also convert Office documents, HTML and RTF and can be sent by cloud on the Reader on the Amazon website. This works via WiFi, on the one also has access to the Amazon store, surfs with a rudimentary browser and synchronizes its reading and note progress. The UMTS variant has the shop and the synchronization of via UMTS without incurring the additional costs. The browser is limited, however, in this country in the UMTS mode on Wikipedia.

There is only one Micro-USB port and no MicroSD slot, the flash memory has been doubled from 2 to 4 GB. Of these, 3 GB were on our test model after reinstalling free.

Laboratory values ​​for the battery, we could not identify. At a first test weekend, however, drew a similar maturity as on-White Paper: When reading in flight mode the battery should do it without problems for several books. But it constantly invites books or websites via wireless or even UMTS, the reader is just as fast as empty as a tablet or smartphone.


The Kindle Voyage offers under the current e-book currently -Readern the most interesting combination of hardware and software. However, he falls with 190 euros (WLAN) or 250 € (Wi-Fi + 3G) also significantly more expensive than, say, the Tolino Vision 2 (130 euros) or the Kindle still available Paperwhite (110 euros). And as for the other Kindles commitment heavily on Amazon’s ecosystem fixed.

The complete test and the laboratory results for the battery time you read in one of the upcoming c’t expenditure. (


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