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The best Kindle: Reviews and buying advice-Champagne Gold Kindle Oasis Available April 11th

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The best Kindle

When someone says they want an e-reader, they most likely mean they want an Amazon Kindle. Knowing which Kindle to buy is the next question, and it depends on your budget and your reading preferences. With this guide and our in-depth reviews, we’ll help you find just the right Kindle for you or your lucky loved one.

 

In the decade since Amazon’s E-Ink slabs were first introduced to the world, the Kindles’ popularity has elevated its brand recognition to the same heights as Q-Tips and Kleenex—with good reason. Available in five models with varying feature sets, Amazon ensures there’s a Kindle to meet every bookworm’s needs and budget.

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While Amazon’s competitors might offer more technologically advanced or less expensive hardware, not a one of them can hold a candle to the sheer volume of books, comics, and periodicals available to download and consume on a Kindle.

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The Kindle Paperwhite has the same amount of storage and the same display resolution as the Kindle Oasis, but at a fraction of the cost.

Purchasing one of Amazon’s less-expensive Kindles could mean missing out on important features that could make the time you spend reading more pleasurable. But that doesn’t mean the most-expensive Kindle is the right choice: Don’t pay for features you won’t use.

With all models, you can pay an additional $20 to nix Amazon’s “special offers,” a euphemism for advertisements that appear on the Kindle’s lock screen. We show the lower special-offers-included prices in our reviews, because you need to choose the more-expensive option after you put the product in online your shopping cart.Amazon Kindle Store

To help you find the right Kindle to suit your reading needs and budget, we’ve put together this brief guide, with links to our full reviews of the hardware we recommend.

The best Kindle for most readers Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2016), Special Offers
You’ll be hard pressed to find a more competent, feature-packed e-reader for the money. But we recommend paying a little extra to avoid Amazon’s “with special offers” option that puts ads on the Paperwhite’s lock screen.

That would be the Kindle Paperwhite. It features a big, bright E-Ink display that makes electronic text look like as crisp as if it were on a printed page; excellent battery life; and an easy-to navigate user interface. Priced at $120 for the Wi-Fi version and $190 for one that comes with both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, the Kindle Paperwhite is Amazon’s mid-range e-reader. It costs less than the Kindle Voyage and more than Amazon’s All-New Kindle. But it comes packing many of the same features as our pick for the best luxury Kindle, the Kindle Oasis.

Sized at just 6.3 x 4.5 x 0.36 inches, and weighing just over 7 ounces, the Kindle Paperwhite is small and light enough to fit into a purse of backpack without making you wish you’d left it at home. It’s rubberized back plate and the wide bezel around its display make it easy to hold, one-handed. That’s good news, as you’ll need you other hand to tap away at the device’s on-screen interface. The pages of a book can be turned with the touch of a finger. Options for the size of font, line spacing, and other reading preferences can be altered just as easily. And when the time comes to find something new to read, downloading a new publication from the Kindle store is just a caress of the Paperwhite’s display away.Amazon Kindle Oasis

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As with many e-readers these days, the Kindle Paperwhite has no physical buttons except the one used to power it on and off.

Speaking of its screen: It’s gorgeous. It has the same six-inch, 300 ppi E-Ink display as the Kindle Oasis. The text you’ll read on the Paperwhite is as crisp as you’ll find in any paper book. Grayscale images look great, too. The Paperwhite’s display is side-lit by four LEDs, to make reading in the dark easy on your eyes. The lighting’s not as even as what you’ll get from more expensive Kindles, like the Voyage or Oasis, but it’s consistent enough that you’re unlikely have a problem with it. And with 4GB of storage, you’ll be hard-pressed to run out of space to store all your Kindle Store purchases, side-loaded PDFs, Microsoft Word files, and other documents.

A waterproof Kindle Waterfi Waterproofed Kindle Paperwhite
If you need a waterproof e-reader, the Kobo Aura H2O is a better value; but if you’re locked into Amazon’s Kindle ecosystem, Waterfi’s offerings are worth the price of admission. That’s especially true if you own a Kindle Paperwhite that’s free from Amazon’s “special offers” and just want it waterproofed for $99.

If you enjoy reading by the pool, in the bathtub, or lead a lifestyle that places your expensive electronic devices in liquid peril on a regular basis, you’ll be happy to know that the best waterproof Kindle is also our pick for the best Kindle for most people: The Kindle Paperwhite—after an aftermarket waterproofing process.

For $230, Waterfi, a company that specialized in waterproofing popular electronic devices and accessories, can provide you with a Kindle Paperwhite that can survive a dunk in the drink down to depths as deep as 210 feet. A Waterfi-treated Kindle Paperwhite functions identically to its drownable doppelgänger, save the fact that you can read it in a hot tub without turning it into a paperweight. For $99, Waterfi will even waterproof a Paperwhite you already own, making affording the protection that the company’s technology offers seem a little bit less expensive.

The only downside to using a waterproof Kindle Paperwhite is that the device’s display was never meant to get wet. Until you dry it off, it’ll register liquid on its screen as touch input. Be prepared to lose the page you were reading.

The luxury Kindle Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017), 8GB, Wi-Fi
Waterproof, superbly built and a pleasure to use, the All-New Kindle Oasis is one of the best e-readers we’ve tested. While its high price may make it undesirable for casual readers, serious e-book aficionados will find it well worth the money.

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The most luxurious Kindle is, not surprisingly, Amazon’s most-expensive Kindle, with a starting price of $270 ($250 if you can live with lockscreen ads). The 2017 version of the Kindle Oasis improves on last year’s model in some important and welcome ways: It’s larger than its predecessor: 6.3 x 5.6 x 0.13-0.33 inches, and 6.8 ounces. But it also feels sturdier, more premium. Like the earlier Oasis, the new Oasis has a 300-ppi display.

Furthermore, the new Oasis is waterproof. Indeed, it’s comparable to the Waterfi-treated Kindle Paperwhite, with an IPX8 rating.

Another big plus is the Kindle Oasis’ support for audiobooks—as long as its via Amazon’s Audible service. Yes, that means third-party audio books, music, and podcasts are off limits, but still, we appreciate the flexibility that the Audible support allows. (Read our full review.)

Front lighting, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth controls are easy to find. It’s also easy to customize the font type and size for an optimized reading experience. Add that the wealth of content that Amazon’s Kindle line excels at, and you’re looking at the epitome of a luxury product.Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, 8″ Display, 32 GB, Pink Kid-Proof Case

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Waterproof, superbly built and a pleasure to use, the All-New Kindle Oasis is one of the best e-readers we’ve tested. While its high price may make it undesirable for casual readers, serious e-book aficionados will find it well worth the money.

Pros
Waterproof
Excellent build quality
Comfortable for one-handed reading over long periods
No more external battery cover to fiddle with
Large, bright display
Can play audiobooks downloaded from Audible
Cons
Cannot play audio from any source other than Audible
Exposure to larger amounts of liquid causes false screen taps to be registered
Expensive
You’ll be hard pressed to find a more competent, feature-packed e-reader for the money. But we recommend paying a little extra to avoid Amazon’s “with special offers” option that puts ads on the Paperwhite’s lock screen.

Pros
High-resolution display
Evenly distributed backlight
Comfortable to hold for long reading sessions
Cons
Content protected with DRM technology
Does not handle PDFs or other content-rich file formats well
“With special offers” models display ads on their lock screens
It’s better than the Paperwhite, unless you need 3G overseas.

Pros
Excellent backlighting
Comfortable design is easy to use one-handed.
Cons
Battery life not as great as other Kindles.
3G connectivity unavailable outside the United States.
Amazon already had the best e-reader on the market with the Paperwhite. Amazon raises the bar with the Voyage, but pumps up the price tag at the same time.

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Pros
300 pixels-per-inch display
Ambient light sensor
Edge-to-edge glass
Touch-sensitive page-turn buttons
Cons
Very expensive
Power adapter still not included
If you need a waterproof e-reader, the Kobo Aura H2O is a better value; but if you’re locked into Amazon’s Kindle ecosystem, Waterfi’s offerings are worth the price of admission. That’s especially true if you own a Kindle Paperwhite that’s free from Amazon’s “special offers” and just want it waterproofed for $99.

Pros
Adds waterproofing to an already durable e-reader
Buy directly from Waterfi or send them $99 and your own Kindle Paperwhite
Waterproofing adds no discernable weight to the device nor changes how it operates
Cons
Expensive
Cheaper waterproof e-readers are available on other platforms
The Kindle’s user interface still registers false inputs when exposed to water
Champagne Gold Kindle Oasis Available April 11th

The Champagne Gold Amazon Kindle Oasis will start shipping out to customers placed pre-orders on April 11th and people can place new orders will have theirs shipped out soon thereafter. The regular graphite version has been out of stock for the past three weeks, but Amazon will be getting a new supply and has promised that they will begin shipping it out on April 19th.Amazon Kindle Store

Many people have been purchasing the Oasis, because it’s the best Kindle Amazon has ever made. This is not only due to it being waterproof or having a large screen or even the ability to buy and listen to audiobooks. No, it is due it having the highest benchmarks and performance ratings. It is the first e-reader to employ the Freescale IMX.7 dual core, which was developed to take e-ink to the next level.

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