Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite – Comparison & Review
Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite – For quite some time, the Kindle Oasis 2 has been lording it over among the Kindle ereader selection. This is due to its primary features such as water resistance and bigger internal storage, which are not available in other Kindle models.
Not until the arrival of the All-New Kindle Paperwhite , which is the most loaded model to date as far as the availability of useful features is concerned. And it is sold at a much lesser price than the Kindle Oasis.
It is now both waterproof and has bigger internal memory options which no longer only the Oasis 2 can boast of.
Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite side by side comparison
Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite review
The most awaited 4th generation Paperwhite from its 2015 predecessor promises to be better-equipped not only with its IPX8 waterproof rating, but also its Bluetooth-enabled Audiobooks, and the sleek glass front design. It easily earns more bang for your buck.
As such, I will run through the specs and notable features of each Kindle device, and identify their similarities and differences along the way. Afterwards, I think you’ll be the better judge whether they are worth their price tag or not.
A Comparative Review of the Paperwhite 4 and Oasis 2
E-ink Display screen size – Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite
Oasis 2 has 7 inches vs Paperwhite 4’s 6 inches. The background color on the Paperwhite is much whiter than the Oasis which has yellow undertones. Both devices, however, possess E ink screens at 300 ppi.
Waterproof quality – Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite
Oasis 2 and Paperwhite 4 can be dunked in H20 at a depth of 2 meters for one hour and will work just fine.
Bluetooth & Wifi connectivity
Headphones used for listening to audio books can be connected thru Bluetooth on Oasis 2 and Paperwhite 4. Both Oasis 2 and Paperwhite 4 can be connected thru Wifi and cellular data.
Bigger storage options
Choose from 8GB to 32GB internal storage for both Oasis 2 and Paperwhite 4.
Glass front screens – Paperwhite vs Oasis
Oasis 2 glass screen shows lesser reflections as well as fingerprints than the Paperwhite 4.
Page-turn buttons – Paperwhite vs Oasis
Only Oasis 2 has them, but has received several complaints about the buttons not working properly.
Screen rotation – Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite
Automatically done with the Oasis 2 model, but nothing similar to switching it to landscape view as with mobile phones. It can only rotate when reading using either a left or a right hand.
Software – Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite
Given that it has the same Kindle branding, it comes as no surprise that both devices use pretty much the same software. The Oasis 2 however, has an edge when it comes to text enlargement with the Large mode feature that makes good use of its bigger screen size.
Invert colors – Both Kindle devices allow you to switch to a white colored font against a black background.
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Design – Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite
Oasis 2 appears to look sleeker and elegant with its aluminum back cover and asymmetrical top and bottom thickness. It also comes in luxurious colors such as gold and silver. But, the Paperwhite may well be referred to as paperweight because it is lighter by about 12 grams. It may not be much, but it makes a good deal of difference for an “ebookworm”, which makes it more comfortable to hold during reading marathons.
Frontlight LED – Oasis 2 shines brighter with its use of 12 LEDs. As such, the text is more defined and easier to read. Paperwhite 4 on the other hand, only has 5.
Auto brightness – This is particularly helpful when you read at night. Oasis 2 will automatically adjust the brightness level based on available illumination. Paperwhite 4 enables you to adjust the light as well, although it should be manually done.
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Last update on 2019-11-20 / Affiliate links