Amazon Kindle Oasis vs. Kindle Paperwhite: Which E-E-book Reader is Greatest for You?

Amazon Kindle Oasis vs. Kindle Paperwhite: Which E-Book Reader is Best for You?

If you are a voracious reader and love to travel, an e-book reader is the ideal device for you. Many of the best e-book readers come from Amazon, but figuring out which model to choose is easier said than done. Much depends on what features you crave. Should you slide the boat out and go for the top of the line Kindle Oasis? Or should you save yourself some cash to buy more books and go for the cheaper Kindle Paperwhite?

Amazon has continued to update its range over the years, but choosing between its two top models is still difficult. So the choice between the Kindle Oasis and the Kindle Paperwhite and which one to buy is striking.

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Technical specifications

Kindle Oasis (2019) Kindle Paperwhite (2018)
size 159 × 141 × 3.4-8.4 mm (6.3 × 5.6 × 0.13-0.33 in) 167 × 116 × 8.18 mm (6.6 × 4.6 × 0.3 in)
Weight 188 grams (6.6 ounces) 182 grams (6.41 ounces)
Screen size 7 inch 6 inches
Screen resolution 1,680 × 1264 pixels (300 pixels per inch) 1,448 × 1,072 pixels (300 pixels per inch)
storage room 8 GB, 32 GB
MicroSD card slot No No
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Ports Micro USB Micro USB
Water resistance IPX8 IPX8
Connectivity Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and cellular Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and cellular
battery 6 weeks with 30 minutes of reading per day 6 weeks with 30 minutes of reading per day
Colours Champagne gold, graphite Black, sage, plum, twilight blue
price $ 270 $ 150
Buy from Amazon Amazon
Review rating 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

Design, durability and display

Kindle Paperwhite 2018

There’s a huge difference between the Oasis and Paperwhite in the looks department. While the Oasis has a sleek aluminum case with a thicker section on one side that houses the buttons for turning the pages, the Paperwhite is made of matte plastic with chunkier bezels around the smaller screen and no buttons for turning the pages. The Oasis is optionally available in graphite or champagne gold, while the Paperwhite offers a choice of black, sage, plum or twilight blue.

Both e-book readers have an IPX8 rating, which means splash and rain are nothing to worry about. In fact, they are protected from immersion in up to 6.5 feet of fresh water for up to an hour.

But the new Oasis really showed its quality when it comes to the display. While the Oasis and Paperwhite have crisp screens with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch, there are some key differences. First off, the Oasis has a larger 7-inch screen, while the Paperwhite has a 6-inch display. Most importantly, however, in our book you can only filter out blue light in the oasis at night if you want. This makes reading more comfortable at night.

While both devices use LEDs to illuminate the screen, the Oasis also has more LEDs than the Paperwhite, so it offers more light output and better screen evenness. Both devices support automatic brightness, but we’ve found that it worked much better with the Oasis, while we often had to manually adjust the Paperwhite.

Winner: Kindle Oasis

Performance, battery life and charging

Amazon Kindle Oasis Review (2017) profileBrenda Stolyar / Digital Trends

Amazon doesn’t specify processors and RAM in its e-book readers, but the Kindle Oasis and Kindle Paperwhite were both responsive and quick to navigate. Side by side, the Kindle Oasis is one touch faster to turn pages and react a little faster to touches. Hence, it is likely that it has a little more processing power under the hood.

There is no stated battery capacity as Amazon prefers to describe battery life for both Kindles rather than up to six weeks from a single charge, based on half an hour of reading per day. However, it stands to reason that the Oasis needs to have a larger battery because it has a larger display for powering it. Both unfortunately rely on a micro-USB port for charging – and this is especially true of the $ 270 oasis. The Oasis is regaining goodwill, however, as it takes just two hours to fully charge from a 5W charger and around three hours from a computer USB port. The Paperwhite, on the other hand, took three hours or four hours to do the same.

With weeks of battery life, you don’t have to worry about a Kindle’s longevity. With a touch more suppleness, the oasis wins here.

Winner: Kindle Oasis

Software and updates

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2018Steven Winkelman / Digital Trends

The software on the Kindle Oasis and the Kindle Paperwhite is largely identical. There are only a few additional options with the Oasis. That means they both have features like Whispersync to keep your space on any device, and both have optional lock screen ads that keep the price down. Both have either 8 GB or 32 GB of storage space. Although there is no space for expansion via a microSD card, you get free cloud storage for all of your Amazon content. We’d expect software updates to happen on the same schedule for both devices.

Winner: tie

Special features

amazin kindle oasis review (2017) two handsBrenda Stolyar / Digital Trends

No speakers or headphone jacks in sight here, but both the Kindle Oasis and Paperwhite support Bluetooth so you can stream Audible audiobooks on a Bluetooth speaker or headphone. You can also get more expensive and slightly heavier versions of both devices that support cellular services as well as Wi-Fi. The only other special features are the physical page toggle buttons and blue light filter that you can only find in the Oasis. For anyone who doesn’t want to switch to a modern e-reader, the physical buttons are a nice addition. On the other hand, blue light filtration is a desirable feature in any device as it can reduce the sleep-disturbing effects of the screen.

Winner: Kindle Oasis

Price and availability

At the time of writing, the Kindle Oasis starts at $ 270 and the Kindle Paperwhite starts at $ 150. However, it’s worth keeping a close eye out for deals, especially with Black Friday 2020 on the horizon. One of the advantages of Amazon Kindle devices is their propensity to sell. As one of Amazon’s headlines, you can find both types of Kindles anywhere Amazon is available – and the LTE-equipped models will likely work anywhere there is a solid 4G signal. The Wi-Fi capabilities are just as accessible, so you can download books anywhere a connection is available.

Overall winner: Kindle Oasis

There’s no doubt about which of Amazon’s e-book readers is the best – it is Kindle Oasis. A bigger screen, a blue light filter, and a unique design are the main attractions. If you look beyond that, you will find that these devices are quite similar. If you aren’t into the oasis’ unique spots, keep in mind that you can save a lot of money by opting for the less glamorous Kindle Paperwhite. The display is just as sharp, it’s still waterproof, and that extra $ 120 can be used on a ton of e-books.

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