Amazon has finally launched the Kindle Voyage in India. The e-book reader is now available on Amazon India’s online store priced at Rs 16,499 for the Wi-Fi only version and Rs 20,499 for the 3G variant. With this launch, Amazon now offers five variants of the Kindle starting from Rs 5,999 for the basic All New Kindle, Rs 10,999 for the Kindle Paperwhite and Rs 13,999 for the Kindle Paperwhite 3G.
The Kindle Voyage is hailed as the best Kindle e-book reader Amazon has ever built. It is not only thinner and lighter than the Kindle Paperwhite but also brings in a lot of new features for an enhanced user experience.
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The first thing about the Kindle Voyage we noticed was it has flush bezels. It is something that might sound frivolous but it does improve the overall reading experience. It feels much better to hold and turning pages or having other interactions is much simpler. It also helps that the display is now 300 dpi so text looks crisp. The saturation too is better than the Paperwhite but it can only be appreciated if you have been a long time Paperwhite user.
There is a layer of glass on top of the display now, which feels nice to touch. Amazon says it has micro-etched the glass to be less reflective and feel like touching paper. We can confirm the former but the house is currently divided on the latter.
The screen is still front-lit like the Paperwhite but it now has an ambient light sensor, so you won’t have to manually change the brightness level. The brightness is dimmed or increased in a gradual manner to ensure the eyes get enough time to adjust.
It is still a touchscreen display but Amazon has added a new feature called PagePress that would enable you to go back and forth pages without lifting your thumb or fingers. You can always touch either side of the display or now you can just press predefined spots cloned on either side of display bezel. Press for a bit on the long line till you feel a vibration and the page turns ahead. Press the dot and you go back a page. It is something that needs time getting used to and isn’t really as intuitive as just touching the display to turn a page. But it is convenient in the way that you won’t have to lift a finger, quite literally.
While we will reserve on our verdict on the Kindle Voyage till our review later this week, Amazon India’s pricing has left us baffled. Rs 16,499 and Rs 20,499 for the Wi-Fi-only and 3G variants respectively is pushing too hard for a dedicated e-book reader. We are not sure whether the Kindle Voyage deserve a premium of almost Rs 6,000 over the Kindle Paperwhite. Find out in our upcoming review of the Kindle Voyage.