Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite: Which is the Best e-Reader? (2021)

Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite (2021) comparison Which e-reader is best
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Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite: comparing e-readers

For quite some time, the Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite is a fierce battle, with the Oasis lording it over among the Kindle e-reader selection. This is due to its primary features such as water resistance and bigger internal storage, which were not available in other models.

Not until the arrival of the All-New 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 smaller price than the Oasis. It is now waterproof and has bigger internal memory options which no longer only the premium Amazon devices can boast of.

Let’s take a look and compare the specs of Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite in a head to head comparison:

Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite: comparison chart

Kindle Oasis

Kindle Paperwhite

Screen Size and Type

7 inch - E-Ink Carta

6 inch - E-Ink Carta


1264 x 1680 (300 PPI) screen resolution

1080 x 1430 (300 PPI) screen resolution;


Yes; 2 Point

Yes; 2 Point

Buttons for Page-Turn

Yes, one side


Front Light

               25 leds

5 leds

Battery life

up to six (6) weeks with wireless off.

up to 4 weeks with wireless turned off.


6.3” x 5.6” x 0.13-.33” (159 x 141 x 3.4-8.4 mm).

6.6” x 4.6” x 0.3” ( 167 x 116 x 8.18 mm)


6.6 oz (188g)

6.4 oz (182 g)


Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity

Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity




Auto-adjusting light sensors



Adjustable warm light




kindle oasis e-reader

Kindle Oasis
  • Our best 7", 300ppi flush-front Paperwhite display
  • Adjustable warm light to shift screen shade from white to amber
  • Waterproof (IPX8) so you can read in the bath or by the pool
  • Thin and light ergonomic design with page turn buttons

kindle paperwhite e-reader

Kindle Paperwhite
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Kindle Paperwhite
  • The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet-with a flush-front design and 300 ppi...
  • Now waterproof, so you're free to read and relax at the beach, by the pool, or in the...
  • Enjoy twice the storage with 8 GB. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics,...
  • Now with Audible (in countries where available). Pair with Bluetooth headphones or...

Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite: In-Depth Comparison review

The most awaited 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 device, and identify their similarities and differences along the way. Afterward, I think you’ll be the better judge whether they are worth their price tag or not.

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Kindle Oasis vs. Paperwhite: Design

The New Kindle Oasis 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 a “bookworm”, which makes it more comfortable to hold during reading marathons.

Only Oasis has Page-turn buttons but has received several complaints about the buttons not working properly. Also, the Frontlight LEDs shine brighter with its use of 12 LEDs. As such, the text is more defined and easier to read. The Paperwhite on the other hand only has 5 LEDs.

Screen & Display

Both devices, however, possess E ink technology screens at 300 PPI. The Kindle Oasis 2 has 7 inches versus Paperwhite’s 6 inches so it gets a slight advantage because of the bigger screen. The background color on the All-New Paperwhite is much whiter than the one on the Oasys which has yellow undertones. Also, the glass screen on this e-reader shows lesser reflections as well as fingerprints than the Paperwhite.

Screen rotation – Automatically done with the O2 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.

Auto brightness – This is particularly helpful when you read at night. The Oasys will automatically adjust the brightness level based on available illumination. Paperwhit3 enables you to adjust the light as well, although it should be manually done.

Waterproof – Both devices can be dunked in H2O at a depth of 2 meters for one hour and will work just fine. So the waterproof quality between them is the same.

Invert colors – Both devices allow you to switch to a white-colored font against a black background.

Storage Space

Choose from 8GB to 32GB internal storage for both machines. Also in terms of storage space, they are the same.

Software & Connectivity

Given that it has the same Kindle branding, it comes as no surprise that both devices use pretty much the same software. The Kindle Oasys however, has an edge when it comes to text enlargement with the Large mode feature that makes good use of its bigger screen size.

Headphones used for listening to audiobooks can be connected thru Bluetooth on both machines. Both devices can be connected through Wifi and cellular data.

Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite: Verdict

In conclusion, the Oasis is more advanced but more expensive so if money is not a problem for you then go with this model. Personally, I would go with the Paperwhit3 which can do all the tasks the other can do but for a more reasonable price. I hope you liked this review.

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Last update on 2021-05-03 / This post contains Affiliate links.