The Amazon Kindle Oasis is a premium reading tablet with stellar construction and a beautiful screen. With its ultra-slim design and lightweight construction, this Kindle model is the thinnest and most attractive e-reader from Amazon. Additionally, this Kindle is the most expensive Amazon e-reader on the market. So is Amazon's newest e-reader worth its hefty price tag?
|Display||Amazon’s 6" Paperwhite display technology with E Ink Carta™ and built-in light, 300 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale|
|Size||5.6" x 4.8" x 0.13-0.33" (143 mm x 122 mm x 3.4-8.5 mm) |
Cover: 5.7” x 4.9” x 0.07-0.18” (144 mm x 125 mm x 1.9-4.6 mm)
|Weight||Wi-Fi: 4.6 oz (131 g); Wi-Fi + 3G: 4.7 oz (133 g); Cover: 3.8 oz (107 g) |
Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process
|System Requirements||None; fully wireless and doesn't require a computer to download content|
|On-Device Storage||4 GB; holds thousands of books|
|Cloud Storage||Free cloud storage for all Amazon content|
|Battery Life||A single charge with cover lasts up to eight weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light and wireless usage.|
|Charge Time||Fully charges in less than 3 hours from a computer via USB cable|
|Wi-Fi Connectivity||Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)|
|Content Formats Supported||Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion|
|Documentation||Quick Start Guide (included in box); Kindle Oasis User Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF]. Additional information in multiple languages available online.|
|Warranty and Service||1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here.|
|Included in the Box||Kindle Oasis with leather charging cover, USB 2.0 charging cable and Quick Start Guide|
As already stated, the Amazon Kindle Oasis is the company's lightest and thinnest Kindle to date. Compared to the 6.3 ounces and 7.2 ounces of its predecessors the Voyager and the Paperwhite respectively the Kindle Oasis weighs a meager 4.6 ounces. The new Kindle sports the same 6 inch E-ink display as its predecessors. However, unlike its predecessors the display on this new Kindle is front lit, meaning that it remains readable even in darkness. Additionally, this display packs more LEDs than the displays of the Voyager and the Paperwhite models. The additional LEDs give the display an even glow.
To make up for the reduced battery size, the new Kindle comes with a leather case that doubles as a battery pack. This leather case is available in walnut, merlot, and black. The leather cover(s) increases the Kindle Oasis' battery life from two weeks to an impressive nine weeks.
The new Amazon Kindle has an asymmetric design, which means that all the buttons are placed on one side. This might take some time to get used to; nonetheless, the two-page turn buttons on one side of the Kindle feel stable while the display responds quickly to touch. This makes using the new Kindle a breeze. Also, since this Kindle is lightweight and features an asymmetric design, it is easy to use on one hand. The accelerometer sensor on this Kindle detects orientation to prevent upside down reading.
To enhance the Kindle Oasis' user experience, Amazon opted for its newest Kindle OS. This new OS marks a significant improvement over older versions. For starters, users will no longer have to navigate to the settings menu to access the data syncing. This is because data syncing can easily be accessed from the toolbar. From this toolbar, users can also access airplane mode.
Recently read titles are displayed on the top left of the home screen while titles added to the wish list and suggested titles appear at the bottom of the home screen.
Although the Kindle Oasis has been hailed as the most comfortable reading tablet on the market, it is not without its shortcomings. To begin with, this new Kindle is expensive. Thus is not within the financial reach of most people; the new Kindle Oasis is more of a luxury than a need, especially since it features the same e-ink display as its less costly predecessors. For many it makes more sense to forego the additional LEDs on the new Kindle to save on cost. Also, some feel that the new Kindle's hefty price tag is not warranted, particularly since the new Kindle is not waterproof and does not come with ambient sensors.
The new Kindle sports the same six-inch E-ink display as the Voyager and the Paperwhite 3. Hence, although the screen on the Oasis is of superior quality compared to that on its predecessor's very few people will feel the need to upgrade to the new Kindle.
The asymmetric design of the new Kindle feels a little odd, and may take some time to get used to. Also, apart from screen brightness, not much has changed with the new Kindle. This is a significant drawback given the close to $290 price tag for the basic Kindle. At such a premium price many would have expected a waterproof device, but Amazon does not seem interested in venturing into the waterproof e-reader segment.
The new Amazon Kindle Oasis is a masterfully crafted e-reader that offers users the luxury that other Kindle e-readers do not provide. Moreover, the new Kindle comes with a brighter screen, which makes it easier to use in dark places. This is in addition to it being lightweight, which makes it perfect for use in any location or situation.
In conclusion, the new Kindle is a premium luxury reading device whose price tag may proof too costly for most.
Kindle e-readers come with instant access to the Kindle Store, which includes:
- Massive selection—Millions of books, newspapers, and magazines, including the latest best sellers, Kindle Singles, and more.
- Kindle exclusives—Over 1,000,000 books are exclusive to the Kindle Store.
- Lowest book prices—Over a million titles are $2.99 or less, over 2 million are $9.99 or less.
- Kindle Unlimited—Enjoy unlimited reading of over 1,000,000 books and unlimited listening to a selection of thousands of audiobooks for just $9.99 a month.
- Kindle First—Access new Kindle books a month in advance of their official release date. Customers can choose one of the featured books each month for $1.99, and Prime members can make their selection for free.