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Book reading is not as common as it was some years ago. eBooks have dominated the market for long now, with Amazon being at the forefront of all the eBook success. With the launch of its Kindle eBook reader several years ago, the company brought about a massive change in the industry, something that we didn’t quite expect. Today, Amazon has expanded to full blown tablets, sold under the Kindle name until recently. All this while, eBook readers have continued to flood the markets although Amazon continues on its merry way with its slew of eBook readers. The retailer currently offers Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Oasis, and the Kindle Voyage.
Kindle Oasis vs Voyage Best Ebook Reader Tablet in 2018FeaturesThe 2017 Kindle Oasis is a significant upgrade over its predecessor. For starters, it comes with a larger display, allowing users to grasp in more content per book. The display also comes with 12 LEDs for illumination, something that the Voyage doesn’t have. Its gorgeous 7-inch display puts it in the tablet category, but it’s still very much an eBook reader at heart.
Pros and ConsAs with any device, there are bound to be pros and cons, although there aren’t many here. When we compare with the Voyage, the Oasis is miles ahead in most departments. Perhaps the pricing is the only difference, and perhaps the con here as you’ll have to shell out significantly more on the Oasis than on the Voyage. The Oasis is also slightly thicker than the Voyage, which is to be expected given the fact that it’s a significantly upgraded model.
Now for the pros. Well, it’s a long list. The eReader is water-resistant, which is a big deal for eReaders, although not particularly for mobile devices in the industry. The design also needs a special mention here as it comes with suitably placed hand grips for comfortable usage. There are buttons on the edge to help you flip the page conveniently. It’s clear that the device was prepared with ergonomics in mind. This ensures that you can stay hooked to your book for long intervals.
The Voyage is available in WiFi only as well as WiFi + 3G models, much like the Voyage. This allows users to sync their eBooks using mobile data, rather than waiting for a WiFi connection. It is recommended to be on an unlimited plan in order to avoid unnecessary overages. As for the battery life, Amazon claims that the Oasis can last for weeks on a single charge. This means you won’t have to shuffle around for a charger every two days. The device comes with 8 or 32GB of onboard storage, which can store thousands of books without ever running out of space.
Keeping these things in mind, it’s important to understand that the Oasis is better in almost every way possible. But that’s not saying much considering the fact that the Oasis doesn’t have a lot of competition in the market right now. It is expected to stay that way for the foreseeable future, and we’re unlikely to see any changes.
FeaturesThe tried and tested premium Kindle, the Voyage could be old news very soon, given that Amazon is heavily marketing the all-new waterproof Oasis. However, the Voyage has its own appeal attached to it. Most importantly, its slender body, containing a 6-inch display is easier to hold, and lighter too. Although the weight between the two devices is barely distinguishable, so we can’t deem this to be an advantage for the Voyage.
Pros and ConsOne of the biggest positives with the Voyage is that it’s significantly cheaper than the new Oasis. Sure it lacks water resistance and some of the other fancy features, but it’s still a pretty decent eBook reader, meant for the purists. The display, however, leaves a lot to be desired, as it has a built-in light for illumination in the dark. This could prove to be a major factor for customers who are considering the two eBook readers.
As far as the design is concerned, the Voyage comes with a basic and standard slate like design that we’ve seen on innumerable Kindles before, so there’s nothing to write home about with regards to the design. The storage, in my opinion, is a real letdown here, as the Voyage only comes with 4GB onboard storage. While this allows you to store a lot of books on your Kindle, 4GB simply can’t be enough for someone with a vast collection. As the name suggests, Voyage is meant for the travelers who can’t carry all their books with them. It serves that purpose very well, although we feel some features are lacking here. But let’s put that down to time, since it was first launched in 2016. Back then, the Voyage was a pretty decent offering. However, with the new Oasis arriving in the scene, the Voyage has to take the back seat unfortunately.
PricingThe Kindle Voyage bundle will cost you $254.97. This includes a leather cover, an AC adapter and of course, the device itself. While this price is justified for a bundle, we feel the Voyage is still too expensive in comparison with the Oasis.
ConclusionThere’s no doubt in our minds that the new Oasis is the best eBook reader available in the market. Keeping this in mind, we find it very difficult to recommend the Voyage to our readers. If you’re looking for a basic eReader, you can look towards the Kindle Paperwhite, which is a much cheaper option. But if you’re looking to take a decision based on onboard features and benefits, it’s a no brainer, and you certainly will have to go with the Oasis.