Kindle Paperwhite 4 vs Kindle Voyage – An Upgrade or Downgrade?

Kindle Paperwhite 4 vs Kindle Voyage – With the recent release of the Kindle Paperwhite 4, ebook enthusiasts are expecting a lot. Over the course of more than a decade, the Kindle has come out with many variants and challenged other ereaders with their line of Kindle Fire tablets. It remains the industry leader and continue to be a viable option to date.

Such example is the Kindle Voyage which originally launched in 2014 and is still preferred by most. Several models have succeeded it, the latest being the Paperwhite 4. So the question is, is the fourth gen Paperwhite an upgrade or a downgrade? Let’s find out.

Kindle Paperwhite 4 vs Kindle Voyage

Internal storage

Upgrade. The Kindle Paperwhite 4 comes with bigger space options at a minimum of 8GB and an option for 32GB to hold even more books, comics, and audible material.


Upgrade. Wires can be annoying, so Bluetooth connectivity is a great addition when using headphones for Audiobooks.


Upgrade. The IPX8 rating ensures your Paperwhite will not break down when you accidentally drop it in your pool that is 6 feet deep. And when it’s not that extreme, you can casually enjoy reading at the beach or while soaking in the bathtub.

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Front screen and quality

Downgrade. The plastic material on a Paperwhite is disappointing compared to the sleek flush glass design on the Voyage. The contrast and resolution are smooth, without the ragged edges of the text as displayed on the Paperwhite 4. And it doesn’t not matter if the front light is on or off, the text visuals are just fantastic on the Voyage.


Downgrade. The Kindle Paperwhite 4 is a lot cheaper at about $129. With the Voyage device, its refurbished model sells even higher, and if ever they do come out with new ones, it remains at above 200 dollars.


With all things considered, especially the reading experience holding the most weight, the Paperwhite 4 is unfortunately a downgrade. Don’t get me wrong, the waterproof and bigger storage are a nice touch, and bring more value to your money. But when it comes down to the overall premium quality, the Kindle Voyage remains a clear winner – to me, at least.

Thank you for reading our Kindle Paperwhite 4 vs Kindle Voyage review.

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