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Kindle Paperwhite vs Voyage vs Oasis

If you’re looking for a new Kindle e-reader, you may end up having to decide which model is the best one for you. Over the past years, Amazon.com has continued to improve and release its popular e-readers. Until today, there are at least four Kindle e-reader models to choose. These devices are on the market for not the same purposes. The basic Kindle is good enough for starter. The Kindle Paperwhite is better for reading lovers who indulge in reading during the day or the in dark. The Kindle Voyage is a more advanced e-reader with the built-in sensor for auto-adjustable lighting. This 2017, Amazon takes on Kobo by upgrading its Kindle Oasis with the water-resistance feature. So you asked: what’s best Kindle e-reader I should buy?

Model Latest update Next update expected Best to buy?
Kindle Oasis 2017 October 11, 2017 Early or mid-2018 Not really
Kindle Voyage 2014 Likely never ¯_(ツ)_/¯
Kindle Paperwhite June 30, 2015 mid-2018 Yes

The best Kindle e-readers in 2017

All-New Kindle Oasis 2017

Kindle Oasis: $289.99

What’s so special about the Kindle Oasis is that’s it’s the first Amazon e-reader with waterproof, built-in audible, and up to 8 GB storage. Previous models have only 4 GB or 2 GB only.
Display: Amazon’s 7” Paperwhite display technology with E Ink Carta and built-in light, 300ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale.

Size: 6.3″x 5.6” x 0.13-.33” (159 mm x 141 mm x 3.4-8.3 mm).

Weight: Wi-Fi 6.8 oz (194g); Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity: 6.8oz (194g). Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process.

System Requirements: None; fully wireless and doesn’t require a computer to download content.

On-Device Storage: 8 GB holds thousands of books or over 35 Audible audiobooks; 32 GB holds thousands of books or over 160 Audible audiobooks; Audible audiobook capacity based on average Audible audiobook size.

Cloud Storage: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content.

Battery Life: A single charge lasts up to six weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless and Bluetooth off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light settings, wireless usage. Audible audiobook streaming over Bluetooth will reduce battery life.

Charge Time: Fully charges in under 3 hours from a computer USB, or in under 2 hours using the Amazon 5W charger (sold separately).

Kindle Voyage

Kindle Voyage: $199.99

The Voyage model came out in 2014. Until 2017, there is no new update version to this model yet. It has a 6-inch, 300 ppi E Ink Carta HD display.
Display: Amazon’s 6″ display technology with E Ink Carta™ and adaptive front light that adjusts automatically, 300 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale
Size: 6.4″ x 4.5″ x 0.30″ (162 mm x 115 mm x 7.6 mm)
Weight: Wi-Fi: 6.3 oz (180 g); Wi-Fi + 3G: 6.6 oz (188 g)
Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process
On-Device Storage: 4 GB
Cloud Storage: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Battery Life: A single charge lasts up to six weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light setting and wireless usage.
Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 3 hours from a computer via USB cable
Wi-Fi Connectivity: Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite: $119.99

Known as the Paperwhite 3 and Paperwhite 2015, this e-reader model was released on June 30, 2015. With built-light and screen resolution, the Paperwhite is cheaper the Oasis and Voyage. This is one of my favorite e-readers. I also love and own the Voyage. If you take a look at the specifciations below, you won’t see much difference.
Display: Amazon’s 6″ Paperwhite display technology with E Ink Carta™ and built-in light, 300 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale
Size: 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″ (169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm)
Weight: Wi-Fi: 7.2 oz (205 g); Wi-Fi + 3G: 7.6 oz (217 g)
On-Device Storage: 4 GB
Cloud Storage: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Battery Life: A single charge lasts up to six weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light and wireless usage.
Wi-Fi Connectivity: Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)

Conclusion

I’ve owned a Kindle, a Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle Voyage. The Oasis, not yet. One of these e-readers is good to have as a companion for my travel or in the bedroom reading. The e-reader isn’t as good as book. It will never replace the print books. But there are some good reasons to have an e-reader like the Kindle. The battery life is perfect. It lasts a few weeks after a full charge. The Kindle is thin and light, so it’s very easy to put in the bag for a journey. It depends on how much you want to spend on an e-reader. If you’re new to the Kindle, I’d recommend you to start with the Paperwhite. It’s cheaper, but good enough with the necessary features.

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