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
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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.

13,898 Reviews
  • 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.


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 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 2020-06-08 / Affiliate links

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