We liked Amazon's high-end Kindle Voyage e-reader when we reviewed it last year, but our biggest concern was that the $199 dedicated reader didn't do enough to distance itself from the $119 Kindle Paperwhite. Today that extra purchase gets even harder to justify, since Amazon just added the Voyage's 1448×1072, 300 PPI E-Ink Carta screen to the Paperwhite without raising its price. The new version is still $119 with Special Offers advertising and $139 without. Adding 3G boosts the price to $189 with ads and $209 without.
The Kindle Voyage still offers a handful of benefits over the Paperwhite—it's got an automatic brightness sensor, a screen that sits flush with the surrounding bezel, and capacitive buttons in the bezel for page turning. But none of those features affected the reading experience as much as the screen, which used its extra sharpness to make E-Ink text look as much like actual printed text as possible. Putting that same excellent screen in something that costs $80 less makes the Voyage difficult to recommend.
Otherwise the new Paperwhite doesn't change much. The Wi-Fi version weighs 7.2 ounces (205g) and the e-reader is 0.36 inches (9.1mm) thick. 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi is used to download books to its 4GB of internal storage. The touchscreen is the only way to turn pages and type, since it lacks both the physical buttons of older models and the capacitive buttons of the Voyage. And the E-Ink Carta screen technology, while not new to the Kindle lineup, still offers better contrast and less ghosting than the E-Ink Pearl screens used in older and cheaper Kindles.