Kindle Voyage Teardown: A Justifiably Expensive E-Reader

By Andrew Liszewski on at

For those who prefer the finer things in life, Amazon's Kindle Voyage provides a luxurious e-reading experience with a steep £169 price tag—if you also want wireless connectivity. But that didn't stop the folks at iFixit from immediately tearing it asunder once they got their hands on one. If you think the Voyage is pretty on the outside, you'll definitely enjoy its electronic eye candy on the inside.

Kindle Voyage Teardown: It Sure Is Cramped Behind That Glass Screen

So how does Amazon justify charging so much for the Voyage? Apparently a discreet ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts its screen brightness qualifies as a luxury feature.

Kindle Voyage Teardown: It Sure Is Cramped Behind That Glass Screen

And in lieu of old-school mechanical buttons like the proletariat have to use for turning the page on their e-readers, the Voyage uses a "custom-designed force sensor made of carbon and silver" that reacts to gentle pressure from a finger and provides a subtle vibrating haptic response in return. It's basically the Beluga caviar of buttons, and certainly helps justify the Voyage's price tag.

Kindle Voyage Teardown: It Sure Is Cramped Behind That Glass Screen

Overall iFixit rated the Kindle Voyage a 7 out of 10 for repairability, which means that while some of its modular components are easily replaced, there are also some fragile bits like its glass screen that are harder to swap out. But if you're spending more than 150 quid on an e-reader instead of a tablet, it's probably a good idea to take special care of it anyways. [iFixit]

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