Thanks to my in-laws, Curt & Marian, I got a brand new Kindle Voyage (WiFi with Special Offers) for Christmas, and so far it’s been a great upgrade from the low end model Kindle that had replaced my Kindle Paperwhite that I broke over a year ago (flew out of my bag while I was slinging said bag into the trunk of my car; Kindle Paperwhite landing screen down on the parking lot pavement). The 300 dpi screen is definitely noticeably sharper than previous generations and the lighting has been improved since the Paperwhite came out. It’s now very even, with no noticeable dark spots and the auto-adjust appears to actually light things properly rather than making the screen brighter than is needed in a dark room.
The screen refresh time is near instant now, too, so greatly improved over old school e-ink readers. This makes the browser on the device actually usable. Even the on screen keyboard is quickly responsive now thanks to the touch screen. I love the buttons on the Voyage and even don’t mind the slight bit of haptic feedback you get when you click on the forward and back buttons (which are really less buttons that clickable parts around the border of the screen). The weight of the Voyage and its size are good for reading one-handed in bed at night, and since the light is produced by LEDs shining from the sides vs a backlit display like on your tablet or phone, it doesn’t cause the same sort of eyestrain or bad I’m-about-to-go-to-sleep-and-staring-at-a-bright-LED-screen mojo that people are doing all kinds of studies about. It’s more like reading with your lamp on, except you can have the lamp off, the Kindle Voyage on and just flick it off when you’re ready to sleep.
Comic reading is great on the Kindle Voyage as long as you’re reading something that is black and white. There’s a comic reading mode that shows you the full page and then zooms in on each panel as you click next page and previous.
Also, the Family reading set up means that Kristin can finally have her own fully separate Kindle and we can stop the nonsense of sharing one account, polluting each others “last page read” and libraries. There’s also the standard FreeTime time limited kid modes that are available on the Fire tablets, which I think will come in handy once Jackson is just a little bit older and I trust him with my Kindle.
In any case, it’s a great upgrade for a focused reading device.