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Old 10-15-2019, 03:19 PM   #1
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Paperwhite (2018) vs Oasis 2 vs Voyage

This is not exhaustive but just some observations....

So as has been mentioned Woot has refurbished Voyages' on sale for $69, so I bought one for giggles and grins.
I now have a Oasis 2 (with original half-back leather cover), Paperwhite (2018) and the Voyage. I will give at least one away to a family member soon.
Anyway, here are some of my observations. First, I love the bigger screen and design of the Oasis 2 above the others. It is still my go to reader. Switch back and forth between my hands is just easy and intuitive. More words to have eyes on means a little less flipping for me.
The paperwhite is nice but is thicker than either of the others and a little taller than the Voyage. What I don't like is touching the screen to flip pages. I guess my skin is more oily than most but it gets dirty pretty quick. I have the same problem with my iPads of course.
The Voyage is the newest edition and I have only used it for a few days but here is what I have noticed and experienced thus far. The display is different than either the Oasis 2 or the Paperwhite. The background is a little lighter and the text appears to be a little darker but let me quickly state that this could because of the lighter background. I do not think this is better and is not something I would have noticed had I not been clued in to look for a difference.
The other thing I noticed is that the Voyage is lit at a very low level even if you think you have turned the light off. I am not sure why this is as neither the Oasis 2 or Paperwhite do this. When their light is off they are dark. I tested this in a dark room. This low lighting could also be part of the reason the background on Voyage looks lighter and text a tad darker.
Lighting wise, they all work just fine. I typically do not read in a pitch dark room, rather I will read in a low light room and have to use the lights a bit. They all seem fine to me and I have not bothered to look for gradients etc.
Lastly with the voyage, I do like the touch controls but it took a bit for me to get used to them. In the end I prefer the physical buttons of the Oasis 2.
I certainly will be keeping my Oasis 2 (I love the case by the way) and I will keep my Voyage (its' nude, I just store in a sleeve). The paperwhite would be just fine if I didn't have other devices but it will be the one I will be gifting to someone in the family.
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Old 10-15-2019, 04:28 PM   #2
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What did you think of the condition of the refurbished Voyage? Did it seem like new? Used but very good? Something else?

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Old 10-15-2019, 05:39 PM   #3
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It was like a brand new one, wrapped in the annoying plastic and all. Only difference was it came in a vanilla box that was the same form factor that I imagine new ones back in the day came in.

The device itself was flawless, no scratches, dents, etc. Battery life seems fine but have had only a couple of days.

I am pleased with what I got.
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Old 10-17-2019, 10:48 PM   #4
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I picked one up as well - excellent shape and best of all, no ads!
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I picked one up as well - excellent shape and best of all, no ads!
Let me know if they eventually appear. My Voyage at first did not have ads either. Then I saw some goodreads ads and now I am getting them as usual. They are turned off on my other two. I was surprised they arrived.
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Just got my refurbished voyage today. It is in like new condition. I really like having page turn on the bezel, and I am just thrilled that the power button is on the back, instead of the bottom where I always put a finger to support the device when reading one handed. The only thing that could make it better would be larger bezels and actual buttons for page turns, but after I use it for a few weeks I might not feel that way. Very Happy!

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i really like the power button on the back of the voyage. wish they did this with all their kindles.
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I really like having page turn on the bezel, and I am just thrilled that the power button is on the back, instead of the bottom where I always put a finger to support the device when reading one handed.
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i really like the power button on the back of the voyage. wish they did this with all their kindles.
That's interesting, it's actually something I really don't like about the Voyage, at least with the origami case. When the case is open, it flips over to the back and effectively hides the power button; if the kindle goes to sleep, you have to actually lift the case to reach the button and turn it on again.

I like to leave my voyage in "standing" mode on the table; I really wish I could turn it on by pressing a button along the edge or the front, and not have to pick it up and fiddle with the case every time.
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I bought an Oasis on clearance, and now can also comment on the three readers. The Oasis and the voyage are almost a tie for me. The larger single sided bezel and actual buttons are great on the Oasis, but since I switch hands unconsciously the voyage has a big plus as well. The Paperwhite is nice, and I enjoy it as well. So the paperwhite is in my briefcase so it always goes to work with me. The Voyage is on my ground floor where I do lots of indoor and outdoor reading. The Oasis is at my bedside where I also do a lot of reading. No regrets on any of them.

That $69 refurbished Voyage was an unbelievable deal!

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