Kindle Voyage: Good Device, Not-So-Good Price

Amazon announced its 7th generation Kindle in September. Now, the reviews on the Kindle Voyage -- billed as the companyEUs most advanced e-reader ever -- are coming in.

Kindle Voyage features an all-new design, complete with a flush glass scratch-resistant front and a magnesium back. ItEUs 7.6 mm thin and weighs less than 6.4 ounces. The Voyage carries a new Paperwhite display, with the highest-ever resolution, contrast and brightness of any Kindle to hit the market yet. There are 300 pixels per inch.

The price is $199. And that seems to be the sticking point with some of the reviewers. Roger Entner, a principal analyst at Recon Analytics, told us the Voyage is better than the Kindle Paperwhite but comes at a premium price.

EUThis is an interesting departure from their traditional strategy, which was to make the hardware affordable,EU Entner said. EUWe saw with the Amazon Fire Phone that the premium route is not really working for them. So weEUll see if the new Kindle will actually be a hit.EU

Good Device, Wrong Price?

Kindle Voyage does come equipped with PagePress, a new way to turn pages. Just rest your thumb on the bezel and turn the page by lightly pressing. Kindle Voyage is also available with free 3G. Amazon pays for the 3G connection. Still, Entner is not convinced.

EUI have the Paperwhite and I absolutely love that device and it was a huge improvement over the traditional one and the Voyage is a nice update,EU Entner said. EUIf it was an $80 or a $100 device you would see people upgrade, but at $200 itEUs a very nice premium gift for people who donEUt have a Paperwhite. It looks like the upgrades are becoming smaller and the price differential is becoming larger. ItEUs great that Amazon improved the Kindle but I...

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