Amazon's $200 Kindle Voyage e-reader is as good as it gets. We already told you that. But just how good is that new glass screen compared to the Paperwhite's plastic panel? You may (or may not!) be surprised at the difference.
There's no question: if you're reading books with tiny fonts, the Kindle Voyage's 300 dot-per-inch (DPI) screen makes words look a little bit better. The letters appear fuller, deeper, and blacker thanks to better defined edges — because fewer pixels are accidentally displayed as white in the attempt to accurately display the shapes of each letter.
Not all of the Kindle Voyage's clarity comes from higher DPI, though. The actual construction of the touchscreen display contributes to the screen's clarity. Tap the Expand button on the images above to zoom in, and take a good look at the word "reader." See the optical distortion?
Pretty self-explanatory. The Kindle Voyage's micro-etched glass display diffuses light shining on the screen, meaning less sun in your eyes when you're trying to read. Sure, you could just move somewhere with less glare, but why lose your perfect spot on the beach?
Voyage (left) vs. Paperwhite (right)
When you're reading in the dark, the Kindle Paperwhite's lighting tends to bleed a little unevenly across the page, creating bright spots and dark spots. It's particularly noticible at the bottom edge of the panel. Does the Voyage tolerate that? Hell nah. Spot-free and proud.
That's up to you. None of these differences will wreck your day. But if we just spoiled you for your existing e-reader (sorry!) you can check out our full review of the Kindle Voyage right here.
Photos by Michael Hession