Two years ago, I decided to take a chance on the Kindle Paperwhite as my new eReader after several attempts at finding one that didn’t cause migraines after short-term reading. After a few months, I fell in love with the Paperwhite and it was the best little eReader I could ask for. But at the beginning of this year, after putting the Paperwhite through the ringer of eBooks, I decided it was time for an upgrade.
And not because the Paperwhite wasn’t working. It’s still perfectly functional and my mom uses it all the time! I just wanted something with a few more bells and whistles because I used it so heavily.
Amazon offers a few different Kindle options with the e-ink screen, which simulates reading a physical book. By the time I was looking at upgrading my eReader, Amazon released the “all new” Kindle Paperwhite which looked much like the previous generation did but now had enhanced storage space and was waterproof like the higher end Kindles. I considered this one at first because I did like how small the Paperwhite was, but I wanted to check out the other Kindles first.
Unfortunately, Amazon discontinued the Kindle Voyage which was actually what I wanted the most. It was similar to the Paperwhite but had additional features like the buttons to turn the pages along the sides.
That left the Kindle Oasis. It was a definite upgrade from the Paperwhite I had and, when it came down to it, I realized that it was the eReader I wanted rather than a slightly upgraded Paperwhite (that wasn’t receiving very good reviews. . . ).
I’ve loved using my Oasis and wanted to share some of the features with my fellow readers if you’re thinking about getting a new eReader!
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This Kindle is a bit different from the rest. Where usually they’re a single screen with controls either built into the touchscreen or (in the case of the retired Voyage) along either side of the screen, the Oasis has a piece that sticks out to the side of the screen with navigation buttons.
The portion of the device with the screen is very thin while around the controls it’s about as thick as the Paperwhite, so its weighted to one side. It features the e-ink screen like the Paperwhite and is also waterproof (to a degree, of course, I wouldn’t recommend submerging it for a long period of time but it’s perfectly safe poolside).
One feature I was really excited about was not just that it has a backlight, but it auto-adjusts to suit your surroundings. You can easily turn this feature off if you need to and manually adjust the lighting yourself, but it makes transitioning locations or all-day reading much easier on your eyes.
Easy Button Navigation
Most eReaders require swiping or tapping the screen to turn the page. While I didn’t mind doing that, necessarily, I often hold my eReader in one hand which can sometimes make changing pages a bit more difficult. With the button navigation, you can hold the Oasis in one hand and easily navigate with the buttons. There’s also an option to set which button you want to move the page forward (top or bottom) and which moves backward.
This is something that I think Amazon is adding to all their Kindles that didn’t already have it. The Oasis allows you to download and listen to your Audible audiobooks so you can have both eBooks and audiobooks on the go.
Con: The only downside to this is that you have to use Bluetooth headphones. There is no port to plug in wired headphones.
Well, mostly waterproof. There are restrictions, of course, that the device can’t take being submerged for an extended period of time or below a certain depth, but for the vast majority of readers you’re good to go. You can take it to the pool with you, lounge in the tub with a good book, your dogs can shake themselves dry and not ruin your book, all good things.
Charges Fast and Holds It
One of my favorite things about the Oasis is that it charges really fast and holds that charge for anywhere from 1-3 weeks depending on how much I’m using it. I’m not afraid of it dying on a long car trip or sitting in my work bag all week.
Con: The Oasis uses a regular micro USB charging cable. A lot of the new Android phones use a micro USB-C cable and Apple phones have their own charger. You may have to get a new charging cable depending on what you have lying around.
Comfortable to Hold
Before, I mentioned about often holding my eReader one-handed and the Oasis is made for that. It’s weighted to one side so regardless of which hand it’s in, it sits comfortably while the screen side of the device is ridiculously lightweight.
Rotating screen. With this, I should mention that the screen rotates so you can hold the Oasis with your left or right hand and read normally.
Compared to the Paperwhite, the Oasis has a larger screen which more closely resembles the size of a mass market novel, if not bigger. After a while I did find the Paperwhite screen a bit on the small side, especially if I tried to enlarge the font too much, but the Oasis is perfect and doesn’t cause the text to get weirdly distorted if it’s justified (mostly an issue I run into with electronic ARC copies).
Pay in Installments
Let’s be honest, the biggest con for the Kindle Oasis is the hefty price tag. Even a refurbished on, which runs a little cheaper, is expensive and it’s hard to just drop over $200 on an eReader in a month. It’s why I really liked that Amazon offers the option to pay off your Kindle in monthly installments. You pay the first installment up front and they send you your Kindle immediately, then it will charge your card the following months until the device is paid off.
The Oasis also has a higher resolution screen and more memory than the previous generation of Kindle Paperwhite (the new ones can hold more).
The NEW 2019 generation of Kindle Oasis also features adjustable warm light, but to my knowledge, that’s the only thing that’s different about it from the previous generation (which is what this review is based off of).
But the best feature of all?
I haven’t had an eReader-caused migraine since I bought my Paperwhite 2 years ago. Neither the Paperwhite nor the Oasis have caused the strain that tended to set them off. I read eBooks all the time without ill effect and it’s pretty amazing. In some ways, these eReaders saved reading regularly for me.
Considering the Paperwhite or Oasis?
If you’re thinking about getting the Kindle Paperwhite or Oasis, I can absolutely recommend both of them. As a heavy eBook reader now, I don’t think I can give up the extra features that the Oasis has since I use them all the time, but the Paperwhite is just as good of an option depending on what you’re looking for from an eReader.*
*Referring to the pre-2018 generation Paperwhite here as I have not used the new one with increased memory space and waterproofing.