Kindle Paperwhite vs Voyage vs Oasis vs Kids: Models Compared

When you’re looking to purchase an eReader, it can be pretty difficult to decide which model you should opt for. There are different brands out there to choose from, with Kindle being the most well known and popular.

But even within the Kindle name, there are different options to choose from depending on what exactly it is you’re looking for. They’re all very similar to one another, and it can be tough to decide which one would be the best Kindle for you.

There have been different releases out there, which includes the original Kindle, along with the Paperwhite, the Oasis and the Kindle Voyage too. And if you speak to owners of these Kindles, they’ll all probably tell you that their Kindle is the best one.

But out of these different models of Kindle, which one of them is best? Well, we’re going to look at all of the different Kindle models available to work out which one is right for you.

Kindle Paperwhite vs Voyage vs Oasis

ProductImagePriceSizeSpecsInfo
KindleKindle | Now with a built-in front light—with Ads—Black£49.996 inch4GB StorageCheck Amazon
Kindle PaperwhiteKindle Paperwhite | Waterproof, 6' High-Resolution Display, 8GB—with Ads—Black£119.996 inchUp to 32GBCheck Amazon
Kindle VoyageCertified Refurbished Kindle Voyage, 6' High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Adaptive Built-in Light, PagePress Sensors, Wi-FiN/A6 inch8GBCheck Amazon
Kindle OasisKindle Oasis | Now with adjustable warm light | Waterproof, 8 GB, Wi-Fi | Graphite£169.997 inchUp to 32GBCheck Amazon
Kindle KidsKindle Kids Edition | Includes access to over a thousand books, Blue Cover£59.996 inch4GB StorageCheck Amazon

Sometimes, it can be pretty hard to keep track of all of these models. This is because they don’t just release one generation – they tend to update them as they see fit every 1-2 years. To be fair to Amazon, the newer generations are typically good improvements on the previous models, and they add in new features that do make the Kindle itself a little better than before.

Let’s run through the different models of Kindle so you can know how they’re similar and what sets them apart from the others.

Kindle Original

Kindle | Now with a built-in front light—with Ads—Black

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Price: £49.99 | Screen Size: 6 inches | Storage: 4GB | Colours: Black, White | ppi: 167 | Waterproof: No | Connectivity: Wifi

The original Kindle is the most updated model of eReader that Amazon has released. It’s been through several different minor changes over the years to improve the design. It’s increased in power, got significantly smaller and it can a front light now as well. It’s still the cheapest Kindle available, and for my money, it’s the best value out of the bunch as well.

Most people won’t need anything more than the standard Kindle. Sure, it only has 4GB of storage, but for the average person, this will be ample space to store all of your books. If you’re an avid audiobook listener, then this is where the models with more storage come into play. But if not, then 4GB will be enough to store thousands of books to read.

Although it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that some of the more expensive Kindle variations have, it’s good enough for the vast majority of people. Like the other models, it has a long battery life, is compatible with Audible and on top of all this, it’s a good price too.

The best option for most people looking for value
All the key features are there
New front light puts it on par with the Paperwhite

Overall Verdict: If I had to choose between all of these models for the first time, then I’d opt for the original. The other models are great, but they could be overkill unless you read on a daily basis.

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite | Waterproof, 6' High-Resolution Display, 8GB—with Ads—Black

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Price: £119.99 | Screen Size: 6 inches | Storage: Up to 32GB | Colours: Blue, Sage, Plum, Black | ppi: 300 | Waterproof: Yes | Connectivity: Wifi + 4G (additional)

For those that are looking for a step up in quality to the standard model, then you’ll want to look at the Kindle Paperwhite. It’s usually around double the price of the base model, and it’s improved in a few specific areas.

One of the main areas that the Paperwhite is improved is the ppi, or the pixels per inch. Quite simply, with an increase 300 ppi compared to the 167 of the standard model, there are a lot more pixels on the screen itself, which makes for a higher quality and more detail display.

Another area where the Paperwhite is an improvement on the original is in it’s storage. You can get the standard Paperwhite which has 8GB of storage, or you could opt for the even larger 32GB model. This is only really going to be necessary if you’re going to be downloading audiobooks as well.

The Paperwhite comes in a nicer variety of colours, and it has a better front light than the standard Kindle. Oh, and it’s also waterproof too, which is another must have feature for those that plan to use the Kindle on their holidays.

A big improvement on previous generations
Typically more than double the price of Amazon’s cheapest Kindle
Can come with 4G connectivity at the higher end

Overall Verdict: For more ardent readers who want increased storage space and a better Kindle, but still like the 6 inch sized screen.

Kindle Voyage

Certified Refurbished Kindle Voyage, 6' High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Adaptive Built-in Light, PagePress Sensors, Wi-Fi

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Price: N/A | Screen Size: 6 inches | Storage: 8GB | Colours: White, black | ppi: 300 | Waterproof: No | Connectivity: Wifi

The Kindle Voyage was a pretty popular eReader by Amazon, but between the release of the Oasis and the Paperwhite, it fell somewhere between the cracks of the two. It was discontinued back in 2018, and it doesn’t look like Amazon will be releasing any updated generations in the future (although never say never!).

It had pretty much all of the specs of the Kindle Oasis, though it was slightly smaller in size at 6 inches. We’ll see if Amazon return to the Voyage in the future, but with the popularity of the Kindle Oasis, it’s pretty unlikely.

Kindle Oasis

Kindle Oasis | Now with adjustable warm light | Waterproof, 8 GB, Wi-Fi | Graphite

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Price: £169.99 | Screen Size: 7 inches | Storage: Up to 32GB | Colours: Graphite, Gold | ppi: 300 | Waterproof: Yes | Connectivity: Wifi + 4G

First released back in 2016, the Oasis has been through several upgrades since it’s launch. It was the first model to be made waterproof. You might think that this means water resistant more than waterproof, but it can stand being submerged in water.

However it’s not the only model to be waterproof now, as a lack of water resistance was a common complaint about Kindle’s until 2017/8, probably from folks dropping their Kindle into water whilst they at the beach or swimming pool.

The main advantage of the Kindle Oasis is really the increase in size. For some, the extra inch of screen space may feel like a burden, but it’s actually well designed and only slightly heavier than the other Kindle’s on sale.

The Oasis is the most expensive Kindle on the market, and for this reason, it’s probably only going to be appealing to ardent readers. For some, the standard Kindle or the Paperwhite would be a perfectly fine choice, but if you want the very best, then the Oasis is the right model for you.

Perfect for those that will download audiobooks too
Very strong build quality and ergonomically designed
One of the only Kindle’s that offers 4G connectivity

Overall Verdict: The 7 inch screen does make it a little easier to read. It’s the definitely best Kindle overall, but it’s quite expensive, so will be suited to those who read on a regular basis.

Kindle for Kids

Kindle Kids Edition | Includes access to over a thousand books, Blue Cover

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Price: £59.99 | Screen Size: 6 inches | Storage: 4GB | Colours: Black w/ Colour Case | ppi: 167 | Waterproof: No | Connectivity: Wifi

First announced and released in 2019, it’s a wonder it took so long for Amazon to produce a Kindle specifically made for kids. As one of the main demographics of readers, it’s important to give kids a way to read

If your kids already have a Kindle at home and you’re wondering if you need the Kids version for them, then there’s probably no point. It’s basically just the standard Kindle model, though it comes with a coloured case to match (not worth paying more for).

The main thing to note about the Kindle Kids is that it’s made to work with Amazon’s Kids+, which is essentially like Prime Reading and has 1000+ kids books for your child to get started with. It can be a good place to start for many, and it’s free for the first year (renewing at £1.99 per month after this). You can subscribe to this on any Kindle, though.

Comes with a free one year subscription to kids, £1.99 thereafter
Pretty much the standard Kindle with a colourful case
Typical books included in the kids subscription include Harry Potter

Overall Verdict: The Kindle Kids subscription might be worth trying for younger kids who are just getting into reading.

Conclusion

Overall, I think that for the majority of people out there, they’d actually be just fine with sticking to the standard Kindle from Amazon. It’s a good size, it has a front light on the newer generations and it has enough storage space to keep most people happy.

If you’re looking to go for something higher quality and waterproof, then the Paperwhite might appeal. And for those looking for the very best, then the Kindle Oasis is the obvious choice, though it’s probably only going to appeal to regular readers.

About Melissa

Hey! I'm Mel, I write the occasional article for Spacehop, amongst other things. I love meeting new people and chatting, so if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

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