Books, as we know them in paperbacks, are gradually going into extinction. These days, more rampant are e-readers as championed by Amazon’s Kindle series and this medium of reading is loved and embraced by international readers because of its portability. In fact, the first set of e-readers introduced by Amazon in 2007 sold out in hours and with its growing popularity and acceptance, lovers of books are faced with the challenge of selecting the best from the Kindle series.
This review guides interested e-reader acquirers on which is best for them by bringing Kindle Oasis (Amazon’s Kindle flagship) against Kindle Voyage and Kindle Paperwhite.
Kindle Oasis by Amazon belongs to the 8th kindle generation. It comes with an added battery on its cover to support the internal battery – helping it become smaller with a longer battery time. It also comes with tapered, offset appearance that makes it unique and different from its predecessors.
It has a Charging Cover/Extended Battery Life
Kindle Oasis is designed to include a charging cover that comes in walnut, black and merlot colours. This charging cover charges the ebook reader, extending its battery life by some months.
With Kindle Oasis, fans of ebook readers can enjoy an enhanced frontlight as it comes with a total of 10 LED lights.
Includes Dedicated Page Buttons
Another changes that Kindle Oasis has that stands it apart amongst its predecessors is that it includes dedicated page buttons. Meanwhile, the page buttons are easiy to use since the screen of Kindle Oasis is designed rotate automatically.
Amazing New Look
The design of Kindle Oasis is a major advantage. It comes with a compact design, which puts it weight at a very light 4.6 ouces, shaving of 20% weight from its predecessors. Also, it features a glass micro etched screen with a metal frame for keeping the device strong while light weighted at the same time.
Kindle Oasis features 4GB internal storage and can access the cloud for storing and downloading e-books.
The design of the Kindle Oasis is also a culprit for keeping it expensive. For example, the Kindle Oasis cover is high quality and accounts for about 35 – 40 percent of its total cost.
Many fans of e-readers would have loved the Kindle Oasis to have waterproof feature that can keep it rugged, and complement the improvement in design.
No serious upgrade
The Kindle Oasis is an improvement on its predecessors because of its compact design and charging cover. But it fails to improve on the screen of the Kindle series as we know them. It features the same old screen of older kindle models with 6 inches’ size and 300 ppi E Ink Carta display.
Kindle Voyage is another e-reader off the shelf of Amazon. It bears Amazon’s marks of quality at 6.3-ounce weight and 6.4-inch length.
– No Serious Upgrade
– Less Battery Time
Kindle Voyage is nicely designed as it sits comfortably on the palms and can be used to read for long hours. The body of the device bears only one button for lighting up the screen and a USB slot for connecting it to a PC.
The screen of the Kindle Voyage displays like pages of a paperback book. It is very clear and sharp (more than Kindle Paperwhite) at 300 ppi for convenience when reading. Moreover, the micro-etched glass on the screen makes it feel like paper when touched.
Efficient /Easy to Use
Unlike Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage works fast. It gives users a convenient means of turning pages in an easy way with its PagePress feature. All users need do is to apply slight pressure on the bezel and the page turns. Similarly, Kindle Voyage has a fast loading time and responds quickly.
The e-reader comes with 4GB storage capacity and can access the cloud to store and download data.
Like Kindle Oasis, this e-reader features 10 LED front-light for reading convenience.
Although not as expensive as Oasis, Kindle Voyage is quite expensive.
No Serious Upgrade
For its cost, the Kindle Voyage has not really improved on the Paperwhite.
Less Battery Time
The Kindle Voyage lasts for a couple of weeks after a charging session. This makes it not has strong as the Oasis that can last for months. The battery time is calculated based on 30 minutes reading time per day.
Kindle Paperwhite is the oldest version of the trio. It was released in 2013 and features some of the basic components of Kindle Oasis and Voyage.
Out of the three, Kindle Paperwhite is more affordable and still comes with the basic components that users need in an e-reader.
Not as clear as Oasis and Voyage, Kindle Paperwhite still allows users to experience quality reading time as it features 1,445 x 1,072 screen resolution
Like the others, Kindle Paperwhite includes internal memory worth 4GB and can access the cloud to store and retrieve books.
Less Battery Time
Same as Voyage, Kindle Paperwhite cannot serve users more than few weeks after a single charging session.
The Kindle series seem to improve its design upon the introduction of newer versions. Kindle Paperwhite is not as advanced as Oasis and Voyage when it comes to its appearance.
Kindle Oasis is unarguably the best e-reader in the market. Its charging cover gives it an edge over the other Kindle series and its weight, at 4.6 ounces, is a big advantage for easy use and reading convenience. However, users who can afford Kindle Oasis can save some money by opting for Kindle Voyage instead since they share similar features (save charging cover and weight).
In another way, interested users on tight budget can settle for Kindle Paperwhite since it has all that a reader needs from an e-reader.