I haven’t reviewed any Kindles recently because they simply haven’t been noteworthy. Every new Kindle model would take two steps forward, one step back, and one weird stumble diagonally somewhere. The basic screen technology made tiny improvements over time, but the devices became cheaper, flimsier, and more disposable.
The Voyage is positioned as a new premium model. Among other improvements, it has a glass screen, magnesium case, and — most appealingly — what’s probably a Retina-class e-ink screen at 300 DPI. Now that’s something I want to see.
And they finally added page-turn buttons back… sort of. The ideal e-ink Kindle would have hardware page-turn buttons and a touch screen, and the Voyage is the first one to promise that, but instead of buttons, they’ve added “pressure-based page turn sensors with haptic feedback.”
You know what else is a pressure-based sensor with haptic feedback? A button.
I bet those are the diagonal stumble of this generation. Regardless, I’m excited enough about the high-DPI screen and page-turn “sensors” to take the risk and preorder it. If you’re ordering one and would like to support this site, I’d love if you used my affiliate link, as Kindles make great referral money. Thanks.