Which Kindle should I buy? Amazon Kindle, Paperwhite, Voyage and Oasis e-readers compared

Confused by the difference between the e-readers in Amazon’s Kindle range? We help you choose which model best suits your reading needs.

Amazon has a range of different Kindles to choose from ranging in price, size and storage. The latest is the second generation Kindle Oasis, which is waterproof.

While there are four Kindles in Amazon's current range, you can still buy older Kindles second-hand.

[Read more: Amazon reveals 'flagship' e-reader Kindle Oasis]

A lot of the Kindles are quite similar, which can be confusing. But we've reviewed each in turn, so you can see which is best for you. Lower down the page, we’ve drawn up a table showing the main features of each so that you can compare the differences.

We’ve only focused on Amazon’s Kindle range here, and not its Fire tablets.

Best for the price conscious: Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle 2016

 

Priced from £59.99, the cheapest entry into the Kindle range has recently been updated, so it has twice the memory of its predecessor, and is slimmer, lighter and more comfortable to hold with rounded edges.

It lacks some of the functionality of the pricier models, but includes some interesting features. Bluetooth audio lets visually impaired users listen to the content, while you easily share notes and highlights from books to friends once you link your Kindle to Goodreads, Facebook or Twitter. Or you can email it to them. 

The touchscreen’s resolution is adequate, but isn’t quite as sharp as the others and there’s no built-in light for reading in the dark.

Connectivity options for wirelessly downloading books from the Kindle Store are limited to wi-fi not 3G, so if you want to download books away from home you’ll need to find a wi-fi hotspot.

The battery lasts for four weeks, slightly less than its two closest siblings, but more than enough for most people.

[Read more: How to get free e-books]

The versatile choice: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon Kindle paperwhite

Starting at £109.99, the Paperwhite costs comes with a significant feature upgrade, namely a higher-resolution screen (meaning sharper text), and a battery life of six weeks.

There are two connection options: Wi-fi only and wi-fi/3G version. The latter lets you download books worldwide without worrying about connecting to a wi-fi hotspot or paying for data.

There’s a backlight for reading at night, but unlike with the next version up – the Voyage – the light doesn’t adjust depending on the light.

The Voyage, priced from £169.99, matches the Paperwhite for battery and screen sharpness. But the built-in screen light is adaptive, which means it will adjust automatically depending on the light in the room, brightening in dim light and getting darker when it’s lighter.

Using the Kindle and Paperwhite you tap the screen to turn the page, but the Voyage’s PagePress technology lets you turn the page by putting pressure on sensors on either side of the bezel – the plastic frame outside the screen.

Avid (and bath) readers: Amazon Kindle Oasis

 

Amazon Kindle Oasis

The first waterproof kindle can last up to an hour if it's submerged, and has the largest screen size of 7 inches. 

The £249 Oasis has the largest storage option out of all four with the choice of 8GB (which is twice the storage compared to the first-generation Kindle Oasis), or 32GB which allows more room for magazines, newspapers and audiobooks. 

It's also the only Kindle to have Audible built in to allow for easy listening to over 250,000 audiobooks. 

The design of the Oasis is significantly different to its stablemates, with a thicker bezel on one side designed to make one-handed reading more comfortable.

There’s also a brighter backlight for reading in low light.

Model

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle 

Paperwhite

Amazon Kindle 

Oasis

 

Price:

£59.99 (with ads)

£69.99 (without ads)

£109.99 (wifi with ads)
£119.99 (wifi no ads)
£179.99 (3G with ads)

£229.99 (8 GB +wi-fi)
£259.99 (32 GB +wi-fi)
£319.99 (32 GB wi-fi+3G)

Website: Amazon  Amazon  Amazon
Screen size: 6 inches 6 inches 7 inches
Screen res: 167ppi 300ppi 300ppi
Screen light: No Yes Yes, 12 LEDs + adapative light
Glare free screen: Yes Yes Yes
Page turning: Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen, physical buttons
Wi-fi only: Yes Yes Yes
Wi-fi/3G: No Yes Yes
Battery life: Four weeks Six weeks Six weeks
Formats Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
Dimensions: 160x115x9.1mm 169x117x9.1mm 159x141x3.4-8.3mm
Weight: 161g

205g (wi-fi)

217g (wi-fi /3G)

194g (wi-fi)

194g (wifi+3G)

Colour:

Black, White

Black, White Graphite with aluminium back


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