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Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite – Comparison of the newest versions

Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite: Introduction

For quite some time, the Kindle Oasis vs Paperwhite 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 are not available in other 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 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: Comparison

All New 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
  • Reads like real paper with the latest e-ink technology for fast page turns
All New Kindle Paperwhite
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All New Kindle Paperwhite
  • The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet-with a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight.
  • Now waterproof, so you're free to read and relax at the beach, by the pool, or in the bath.
  • Enjoy twice the storage with 8 GB. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics, and audiobooks.
  • Now with Audible (in countries where available). Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your story.
  • A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.

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 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.

Design of this 2 Kindles

All New 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.

E-READER Features

E-ink Display screen size – Oasis 2 has 7 inches vs Paperwhite 4’s 6 inches. The background color on the All-New Kindle Paperwhite is much whiter than the Oasis which has yellow undertones. Both devices, however, possess E ink screens at 300 PPI. The Oasis gets a slight advantage because of the bigger screen.

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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.

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

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

Front screen glass – Oasis 2 glass screen shows lesser reflections as well as fingerprints than the Paperwhite 4.

Screen rotation – 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.

Page-turn buttons – Only Oasis 2 has them, but has received several complaints about the buttons not working properly.

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


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.

Last update on 2020-06-08 / Affiliate links

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