Last Updated on July 29, 2020
When Amazon’s revolutionary Kindle device was introduced, it changed a millennium-old industry and turned it on its head.
Kindle has now become synonymous with the electronic form of reading with the ability to store thousands of books on one device to the convenience of carrying them around anywhere in the world.
There are three models of Kindles across different price ranges and they all serve a specific part of the market. Our recommendation and comparison for the different Kindles are given below:
Comparison of all Kindles in India
Why the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the best kindle in India for most people
The new 10th Gen Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the best Kindle in India to serve as their e-reader. Priced at Rs. 12,999 and available on sale usually every three or so months, the 10th Gen Kindle Paperwhite has the same resolution as the more expensive Kindle Oasis which basically means that the reading quality is almost the same as the higher-priced models.
The reading experience is smooth and we find ourselves getting through a book a lot quicker when compared to reading a physical book. To turn the page, the user can swipe or tap the screen.
A neat feature of all the Kindles is the word dictionary feature which shows the meaning of a word if you long-press it. It’s great to build your vocabulary at lightning speed.
The updated model also adds water-resistance, the much-awaited feature and offers 8 GB of storage capable of holding thousands of books so that you won’t really need to ever buy a physical book. This model is a worthy upgrade to the previous 9th gen Kindle Paperwhite and we definitely think the bump in price is worth it in the long run.Check price
A word on the Kindle Oasis
Amazon has officially discontinued producing the Kindle Voyage model and it has now clearly segregated its Kindle line into three categories – the affordable option All-New Kindle E-Reader, the feature-packed value buy the Kindle Paperwhite and the luxury option with all the features and physical buttons, the Kindle Oasis.
The Kindle Oasis has the same reading experience as the Paperwhite with the added luxury of physical page turn buttons and adaptive lighting which changes according to your environment like it goes brighter in sunlight and darker when inside a room.
These features, although great, don’t really warrant the extra Rs. 9,000 and most users would have relatively the same satisfaction from their Paperwhite and be better off utilizing the money saved to purchase ebooks instead.
Why Buy a Kindle?
If you are an avid book reader or just a casual page-turner, a Kindle would be quite handy for you. Kindle is an electronic book reader that you can use to purchase and download thousands of ebooks on the go.
A kindle offers you convenience in the sense you can take thousands of books with you anywhere you go. It has a backlight which allows you to read with the lights off. The hardware and software have all become top-notch and standardized. There isn’t a better time to get a Kindle than now.
Kindle vs Tablet/Mobile Reading
Reading on a Kindle is always better than reading on a tablet. For one, it doesn’t strain your eyes due to minimal blue light emission and secondly, it does not have the distractions that your tablets or phones carry as nothing else really works on the Kinde except, well, reading. Also, there is no glare while reading the Kindle in daylight as compared to a tablet or mobile phone screen.
How did we pick our choice?
We compared the three Kindles in terms of price, size, portability, and display resolution.
The Kindle Paperwhite has the same resolution (300 dpi) as the higher-priced Oasis model. It is relatively around the same weight as the two other models and has a comfortable form factor to use. The Paperwhite has around 6 inches in screen size which is large enough to read and small enough to carry in your bag or pockets.
We did not consider e-readers from other companies like the Nook and Kobo because of their nascent presence in India and the limited availability of books. Besides, it is very hard to turn down the Amazon ecosystem with its recurring discount offers on ebooks where many of the popular ones go to prices as low as Rs. 49.
We compared the cost of all the Kindles and decided which one offered the most value for the price.
The Kindle Oasis, being Amazon’s greatest offering in the Kindle line, offers the best reading experience overall but falls short because of its odd form factor which will be explained in detail below.
Do you need a cover with a Kindle?
Covers provide protection t your kindle from falling but they do add to the weight. We recommend carrying your kindle around in a cover and taking it off while reading.
Here are our favourite kindle covers in India.
Kindle Oasis vs Kindle Paperwhite
The Kindle Oasis had one big advantage over the Kindle Paperwhite which was that it was water-resistant. The new 10th gen Kindle Paperwhite covers that gap being water-resistant while retaining everything the previous version had.
But one big drawback of the Kindle Oasis is the large size factor which makes it less practical to carry and hold than the Paperwhite. Even with Audible support to allow users to listen to audiobooks, the Kindle Oasis misses one the foremost feature of a Kindle which is its portability because of which we recommend sticking to the Kindle Paperwhite.
Why not go for the entry-level Kindle?
Users would be better off spending a little bit extra and get the Paperwhite as it provides three improvements over the entry-level Kindle – 300 PPI resolution, water-resistance and more storage space.