Kindle Paperwhite 4 vs Kindle Voyage - An Upgrade or Downgrade? Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 44 reviews.
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Kindle Paperwhite 4 vs Kindle Voyage – An Upgrade or Downgrade?

Kindle Paperwhite 4 vs Kindle Voyage – With the recent release of the Paperwhite 4, ebook enthusiasts are expecting a lot. Over the course of more than a decade, the Amazon has come out with many variants and challenged other ereaders manufacturers with their line of products.

Such example is the Voyage which originally launched in 2014 and is still preferred by most. It remains an industry leader and continue to be a viable option to date.
Several models have succeeded it, the latest being the Paperwhite 4. So the question is, is the fourth generation Kindle an upgrade or a downgrade? Let’s find out.

Kindle Paperwhite 4 vs Kindle Voyage

All New Paperwhite
145 Reviews
All New Paperwhite
  • The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet-with a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight.
  • Now waterproof, so you're free to read and relax at the beach, by the pool, or in the bath.
  • Enjoy twice the storage with 8 GB. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics, and audiobooks.
  • Now with Audible (in countries where available). Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your story.
  • A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.

Voyage
13,898 Reviews
Voyage
  • Passionately crafted for readers
  • High-resolution 300 ppi display--reads even more like the printed page
  • PagePress enables you to turn the page without lifting a finger
  • Adaptive front light--provides ideal brightness, day or night
  • Battery lasts weeks, not hours

Paperwhite 4 vs Voyage review

Internal storage

Upgrade. The 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.

Bluetooth

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

Waterproof

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.

Barnes & Noble Nook Color
27 Reviews
Barnes & Noble Nook Color
  • 6" Carta E Ink touchscreen
  • 8GB
  • Comfort Light: Built-in
  • 7. 64 x 5. 91 x 1. 06 inches, 180G
New Kindle Oasis
7 Reviews
New Kindle Oasis
  • Our best 7", 300ppi flush-front Paperwhite display
  • Adjustable warm light to shift screen shade from white to amber
  • Waterproof (IPX8) so you can read in the bath or by the pool
  • Thin and light ergonomic design with page turn buttons
  • Reads like real paper with the latest e-ink technology for fast page turns
Kindle Paperwhite Waterproof
145 Reviews
Kindle Paperwhite Waterproof
  • The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet-with a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight.
  • Now waterproof, so you're free to read and relax at the beach, by the pool, or in the bath.
  • Enjoy twice the storage with 8 GB. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics, and audiobooks.
  • Now with Audible (in countries where available). Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your story.
  • A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.
Apple iPad Mini 2
5 Reviews
Apple iPad Mini 2
  • Read comfortably at any time of day
  • Seamless day-to-night reading with Night Mode
  • Soft touch finish on front and back for easy grip
  • Page-turning buttons for faster reading experience

Price

Downgrade. The 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.

Bottom line conclusion

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 Voyage remains a clear winner – to me, at least.

Last update on 2020-10-14 / Affiliate links

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