Kindle Oasis vs Kobo Libra H2O – It's not even close.
I realized something pretty quickly and there’s a very clear winner and it’s, not even close, to be honest in this video we’re, doing a very deep dive review of both devices and seeing which one comes out on top hi there right also by grudge. My name is meath balsing on this channel. We talk about tech and getting things done if you’re already watching this, you know that having an e reader is an excellent way to get more things done, while reading all right. Let’S talk about the basics right now, the kindle oasis starts at 249, and the libra h2o starts at 169.. Now very clearly is a very big price difference between both devices over here. So that’ll make a huge impact on your buying decision i’m, going to try my best to base this review on strictly functionality and not so much the other parts that drive the price up or down now putting price aside. The kindle oasis has way more customization. You can buy in 8 gigabytes or 32 gigabytes for a higher price which will allow you to have audio book support. You also have a black model and a gold model. You also have a cellular model and a wi fi only model, and then lastly, you have the option for ads and no ads. The kobo ecosystem is way way simpler. All you have the option for is black or white in terms of color there’s. Only one storage capacity of eight gigabytes and there’s no option for cellular or ads or no ads, it’s, just very straightforward in terms of the configuration.
I want to pause here very quick and just really complain about this kindle ecosystem and the way that they charge for taking ads off the screen. Saver it’s really confusing for buying a kindle for the first time. I didn’t know what this meant at first, but basically they put ads on the screen saver unless you pay amazon, 20 bucks extra for the privilege of removing the ads that’s my biggest complaint. They don’t need that there anyway let’s talk about the tech specs regarding both these devices. The libra h2o has a one gigahertz processor, 512 megabytes of ram and a seven inch display. The oasis has the same exact thing, except one important difference. It has a dual core processor. This makes it way way faster than any other e reader that i’ve used so far, it’s not the biggest deal it’s, not like you’re buying an ipad or something like that. You’Re buying an e reader. So you don’t really need much speed, but it does have a very noticeable difference when navigating through the menus and changing pages, the oasis is just much more snappier. Both devices are waterproof, which i find really really cool, but the oasis does have a cellular model like i mentioned earlier. So if you travel a lot, this may be something worth looking into now. That being said, right now, as of making this video, the kindle cellular model is actually back ordered for six to eight weeks. I don’t know what’s going on there, but hopefully that does come back.
The next thing i want to talk about is build quality. I won’t spend too much time on this, because this is really where the price difference comes in. The oasis is all aluminum it’s, very, very premium it’s like you’re, buying an apple product, whereas the libra h2o is all plastic. This is clearly how kobo is able to make a similar device at a cheaper cost. They use a plastic material instead of the aluminum finish, but it really makes a big difference in terms of quality and the premium feel that you get when holding the oasis. You can’t compare to that. The libra h2o just feels a lot cheaper in the hand now putting the actual build quality aside. Both devices, regardless of plastic or metal, get fingerprints and that’s really annoying on the h2o. The fingerprints are even more visible on the back with this rubberized textured design crumbs get into it it’s really annoying, but on the oasis the front is definitely more of a glossy black and that gets way more fingerprints than the h2o does one other very small difference That i want to call out is the weight of the device the oasis is made out of metal aluminum, which is much lighter than the plastic. It comes in 188 grams, whereas the h2o is 192 grams. This is such a small difference, but i did notice it when i was holding both devices and it does feel a little heavier in the hand when holding the h2o.
The next thing i want to talk about are all the buttons on the devices the oasis has. The best power button of any e reader that i’ve ever used. I say that because both the clara hd and the paper white have power buttons on the bottom and the libra h2o has the power button on the back of the device. The oasis is the only one that has the power button on the top right, where you would expect it to be so you can easily turn it off and on without having to search for a power button or having to use a second hand. The libra h2o has a circular power button on the back of the device, and i really wish they simply moved this to the other side of the device on the right side. On the same side, where the page turn buttons are, so you can easily turn it off and on when you’re holding it, because on the other side, you have to use a second hand, all the time to power it on or power it off. It’S a really small detail, but it does make a big difference when reading every single day it gets really annoying. You can’t just put the device away. You have to use a second hand, to power it off and then speaking of buttons, the libra h2o also has the worst page turn buttons i’ve ever used. I know they save money by using a plastic design, but i really wish they used the same buttons as the kindle oasis.
The page turn buttons on the kindle oasis are such a pleasant experience. They work really well they’re, very clicky there’s, no ambiguity of where you have to press them and they feel really nice to press, but on the libra h2o. They are so so frustrating to use. At first glance, you’re probably wondering why, in the world it’s a big deal but it’s, mainly because on the h2o, you have to press the page string button at the exact right place for it to register your click. You basically have to press the button right in the center or, if you press it too high or too low it doesn’t. Actually, click down i’ve had so many times. While reading that i pressed the button and the page did not turn and didn’t click, i have to completely like get out of my zone and press the button several times for it to work. It’S really really frustrating, and this is the one thing i really wish they had better buttons for now. Moving on to the actual charging port of both the oasis and the libra h2o, they both use micro usb, which makes no sense to me. They really should upgrade to usbc. One interesting thing to note, though, is a charging port on the libra is on the side of the device it’s a really interesting place to put a charging port. It has no impact on functionality or anything like that, but it’s. Just a strange place to put a charging port on the oasis it’s on the bottom of the device right where you’d expect it so it’s.
One small design element that i noticed now. Both devices have a 300 ppi e reader display, which is really really nice. No complaints there regarding the quality or the sharpness of the text. They both look really good. They also both have color temperature controls, which is really handy. When reading at night, you can have the warm light come on to make it easier to fall asleep now, even though they both have color temperature controls, i will say the kindle: does it a much better way you have the option of manually adjusting it or also Setting it to an automatic schedule based on sunrise or sunset, on the kobo, the only option you have is based on your bedtime and i looked it up online. It does this really weird thing where it’ll gradually become more and more warm light as the bedtime approaches, but it’s not very clear on the kindle, it works very similar to how your phone will work just put in the times and it’ll base it off. Of that. No ambiguity there now both devices allow you to manually control the brightness, which is very, very awesome, but they do it in different ways. The oasis has an ambient light sensor, which is very handy. It’Ll automatically adjust the brightness based on the lighting conditions around you, whereas on the libra h2o there is no automatic light sensor, but it’s a very easy shortcut. You can use by simply dragging your finger on the left side of the screen up or down.
Now both devices allow you to auto rotate when you switch hands, which is really really handy, they’re, both reversible, so you can switch between right hand and left hand reading. But if you want to switch between portrait and landscape mode, you’ll have to go to the settings. First, before the auto rotation will work for that, this is actually a good thing, because if you don’t have this locked in it’ll, just completely rotate every single time you move the device. The sensors in these devices are very sensitive to rotation when it comes to the software on both the kobo and the kindle. There is so much to talk about. I actually have a fully dedicated video just talking about this it’s very, very clear. The kobo is much more minimalist compared to the kindle ecosystem. I really enjoy the kobo software experience more. The books are just very easily located it’s, also much cleaner menus for settings. All the things are very easy to find, whereas on the kindle finding certain settings can be really difficult, sometimes and there’s, just so many options all over the place. I also really enjoy how on the kobo, you can easily see your activity metrics for reading books right on the device itself, whereas on the kindle. If you want to see how many books, you’ve read or the number of hours you’ve read, you have to go to the kindle app on your phone to see those metrics having them on the kobo right there front and center are very, very convenient, but two things In software that kobo does not do very well.
Is the bookstore and raid wise support if you’re in america, the kindle bookstore cannot be beat, but if you’re in other countries, the kobo bookstore might be better for you and then secondly, read why support is an app that i use to track all my highlights on The kindle kobo does not integrate with read wise, so if you make highlights a lot while reading you’re going to miss out on read wise, which is an amazing app for tracking all your highlights and integrating them to apps like notion or your email now, the start Of the video i didn’t mention how there’s a big price difference between the two devices, so i won’t let that really impact my review over here. The kindle obviously has a better build quality. It feels so much more premium, but you’re paying for that at a higher cost. If all you care about is a larger screen and having some page turn buttons. The kobo does an amazing job at a much lower price point. But again, i don’t think they do a very good job in executing it. The page turn buttons aren’t that good the power button is in a really weird place: it’s made of plastic, it kind of has its crackling sound when you’re holding it and squeezing the plastic. It does feel really cheap for me personally. I really enjoy paying for that extra premium. Feel my kindle is a device that i use every single day.
I want to have a device that i’m excited to use. When i got the clara hd, i really did not enjoy using it, because it didn’t feel nice to hold i’m interested to hear what your thoughts leave a comment down below letting me know what you think right now on the screen. You’Ll see that video i was talking about comparing the kindle and the kobo ecosystem in terms of software check that video out. Thank you.