Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite: Best to Buy in 2021

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Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite

Key Differences

Both the Kindle Oasis and the Paperwhite are available in either Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 3G versions.

The Oasis comes in one storage version, while the Paperwhite has both a 4GB and 8GB version.

The Oasis has the best contrast of any Kindle with LEDs placed along the edge so lighting is more even. The Kindle Paperwhite has a flat back, so lighting is greater towards the bottom of the screen.

Whether you need a Kindle 4GB or 8GB depends on how much of your content is stored in the cloud. If you have a lot of magazines and other downloaded content available, go for the 8GB Kindle Paperwhite. If you read plenty of eBooks and books through the library and don't store much content locally, the 4GB Kindle Paperwhite is for you.

The Kindle Oasis also comes with a waterproof design, so you'll have no problem taking it with you to the bathtub, pool, or beach. The Kindle Paperwhite does NOT have water resistance, so treat it with care around water.

The Kindle Oasis comes with Audible support, and you get 30 days of Kindle Unlimited for free when you buy it.

The Kindle Oasis is significantly more expensive than the 8GB Kindle Paperwhite.

Kindle Paperwhite

The Oasis is the high end flagship eReader from the top brand Amazon. The Kindle Paperwhite is a really popular middle range book reader. If you upgrade from your kindle basic it is likely that you will do so to the kindle Paperwhite.

So which eReader should you buy in 2021? The Oasis or The Paperwhite, lets take a look at some of the details of the two.

Display

The Oasis boasts a 7 inch screen, while the Paperwhite has a 6 inch display. Typing on an Oasis versus a Paperwhite gives you an idea of the screen size and viewing area.

The Oasis also has an adaptable color display, and has an additional LED light. The Paperwhite has a few days of battery life, the Oasis enables you to have up to nine days of reading.

Having completed the Oasis vs paperwhite comparison, Let’s look at the two contenders in even more detail.

Kindle Oasis 2019

When Amazon launched the original Kindle Oasis back in 2015, it was a big step forward for the company.

The first Kindle Oasis had state of the art features and a beautiful design. This included a slimmer profile that makes it easier to hold and a larger 300 pixel per inch e-Ink touchscreen display.

Kindle Oasis

Vs Paperwhite: Is Kindle Oasis worth the price?

For avid readers and the occasional ones alike, a Kindle is an inevitable gadget. It’s a convenient electronic reading device that allows you to carry thousands of books in your bag. But a few years ago, the Kindle range didn’t have a lot of models.

The Kindle Oasis (2019) and the Kindle Paperwhite have been upgraded to include Bluetooth support, options for audiobooks and a built-in adjustable light. They have the same e-ink touchscreen, an adequate battery life for the average reader, and some customization available via the Kindles’ book discovery tool.

Kindle Oasis vs Kindle Paperwhite: The Bottom Line

As you can see, both the Kindle Oasis and the Kindle Paperwhite are excellent, but they do have some significant differences. Even so, the Oasis still costs twice as much as the Kindle Paperwhite.

So why should you be careful about buying additional features that you might not need? For starters, Amazon didn’t do a good job of communicating what the differences are between the Oasis and the Kindle Paperwhite in their product pages. So if you’ve never had a Kindle before, you probably just assumed that the Oasis and the Paperwhite are essentially the same device.

So, which one is right for you? Well, you should consider all your options before deciding. Would you be losing the best features if you bought the Kindle Paperwhite instead of the Kindle Oasis?

Ultimately, you determine whether it’s worth it to you to pay three times as much for the Kindle Oasis….

Or to buy something else entirely.

Just like the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Oasis, both the features and the prices of the competition vary greatly. Consider what’s important to you.

And, of course, don’t forget to do your research and check out the reviews.