If you’re feeling skeptical about whether or not you even need a Kindle, take a moment to read our piece on why every eBook fan absolutely needs a Kindle. In short: they’re easier on the eyes, they read more like paper, and they have far more battery life than smartphones and tablets.
Convinced? Good. Now, here’s how you pick the right kind of Kindle for your needs. There’s no need to spend more cash than necessary.
Note that this article only focuses on the e-reader versions of the Kindle Support. If you want to learn more about the tablet versions of the Kindle, check out our previous guide to LCD Kindles. The two are somewhat different and you don’t want to accidentally get the wrong kind.
The Kindle Oasis
The Kindle Oasis is Amazon Kindle Support latest and greatest offering in the Kindle line of e-readers. Think of it as the luxury model — so many interesting and extravagant features that you’ll probably never need, but would feel comfortable having around just in case you ever need them.
Ergonomically speaking, the Oasis is the thinnest and lightest Kindle help ever made. It comes with a one-side hand grip that tapers out until it reaches just 0.13 inches at its thinnest point. The hand grip is perfect for one-handed reading though, and at 0.29 pounds, this device won’t lead to tired wrists.
The physical build is also more robust, made out of electroplated plastic that’s stronger yet lighter than regular plastic.
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The biggest feature of the Oasis? Its battery-recharging leather cover. Not only is the leather cover fancy and grand, but when combined with the Oasis’s new hibernation mode, you can get months of battery life on one charge. Yes, it’s removable. It comes in black, merlot, and walnut colors.
Everything else is pretty much the same: touchscreen, high-resolution 300 PPI 6-inch display, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, and a built-in system of LED lights for page-viewing consistency when needed.
As you might expect, these features don’t come cheap. The Kindle Oasis retails at $289 for the standard setup (other configurations may be made available in the near future).
The Bottom Line
Only get the Kindle Oasis if you have the money to spend. The recharging leather cover is nifty, but ultimately unnecessary unless you expect to find yourself stranded on an island for a few weeks. The hand grip is its most practical feature, but is it worth the price? Not for me, but maybe for you.
The Kindle Voyage
The Kindle Voyage was Amazon’s top-shelf model from late 2014 up until the Oasis was released in early 2016 — and now that the Oasis is here, it almost feels as if the Voyage doesn’t have a reason to exist any more. It’s no longer the luxury option yet still too expensive to be practical.
It’s technically the thinnest and lightest Kindle Com Support after the Oasis thanks to its thickness of 0.30 inches and its weight of 0.39 pounds, and while those specs aren’t insignificant by any stretch, it’s hard to justify the $100 price difference between the Voyage and the next model down.