Amazon has two new Kindles out, the Voyage, plus an update that brings touch to the cheapest Kindle. The new Voyage isn’t – as its name might suggest – waterproof ready for travel, but it does have a brighter screen and, get this, page turn buttons.
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There’s some irony in the fact that the cheap Kindle gets touch, while the high-end Kindle reverts to proper buttons, but I’m not complaining. The buttons sound cool, too. Look:
You simply rest your thumb on the bezel and turn the page by lightly pressing. When you turn the page, Kindle Voyage delivers tactile feedback from a haptic actuator.
Each side of the bezel has a short dot-shaped button and a long dash-shaped one. These turn the pages back and forward. There’s also a new, brighter backlight with auto-brightness. It also slowly dims over time in darker rooms as your eyes get more adapted to the low ambient light. Neat. Also, the screen is now flush with the bezel, and has a 300 pixels per inch resolution.
It’s not cheap though. The Wi-Fi-only Voyage is $219, and the Wi-Fi and 3G version is $289. Those prices make Kobo’s new $180 Aura H2O look like a steal.