Kindle Oasis (2017) Review

Kindle Oasis (2017) Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Kindle Oasis WiFi costs Rs. 21,999
  • The Kindle Oasis 3G costs Rs. 28,999
  • The ebook reader is now waterproof and has a larger screen

The Kindle Oasis was Amazon’s top-of-the-line ebook reader when it debuted in 2016. We really enjoyed reading books on the 2016 Kindle Oasis and in our review, we stated that price aside, it’s about as good a reading experience as you can get. Amazon has now refreshed the Kindle Oasis by adding a larger screen and making it waterproof. Does that make it a better device? We used it for two weeks to find out.

First up, the bad news — the Kindle Oasis no longer ships with a charging cover. This was one of our favourite features of the 2016 Kindle Oasis, but Amazon has decided to do away with it. The 2016 Oasis was really compact and the charging cover gave it lots of extra battery power. The new Oasis is bigger and bulkier, and that allows room for a longer lasting battery. You’ll now have to buy a cover separately.

Ergonomically, we prefer the 2016 Oasis over the new one. The large screen on the new Oasis is obviously a plus, but it comes at the cost of comfort — we didn’t find it as easy to read on for hours at a stretch. The new Kindle Oasis is now waterproof, but it has a slippery back and we nearly dropped it quite a few times because of that. There’s a ridge at the back so its thickness is uneven.

The 2016 Oasis masks this neatly with the charging case, but this year the lack of a case highlights it. Amazon wants you to use the ridge as a grip to hold the Kindle with, but because it is so slippery, it’s not an effective design choice. The new Kindle Oasis is also heavier and we found ourselves moving it from one hand to the other once every 20 minutes or so.

kindle oasis 2017 oasis paperwhite gadgets 360 Kindle OasisKindle Oasis (2016) on the left and Kindle Oasis (2017) on the right. A Kindle Paperwhite is hanging out towards the top.

 

The Kindle Oasis (2017) has a large 7-inch display, which is one of the best screens you’ll find on an ebook reader today. Text is crisp and you won’t have any complaints when reading in the daytime. There’s an adaptive frontlight which illuminates the display when you’re reading in the dark. It works fine and didn’t strain our eyes much even after three hours of nonstop reading late at night. However, the auto-brightness feature is a bit too aggressive and we found that the intensity of the frontlight was constantly increasing and decreasing. This began to distract us from our books and we just disabled the auto-brightness feature entirely, and stuck to manually changing it as and when needed.

The new Kindle Oasis retains the two page-turn buttons of its predecessor, and they work just as well. When you rotate the Kindle Oasis to hold it in a different hand, the book rotates automatically. This means that you can flip pages using the two buttons no matter which hand you’re holding the Kindle with. These buttons are housed near the edge of a generous bezel; a neat way to ensure that you’ll never accidentally hit the screen when you want to turn the page.

The 2017 Kindle Oasis’s screen truly highlights why this device is the top ebook reader in Amazon’s lineup. The screen is flush with the device’s front, unlike the Kindle Paperwhite, where the display is slightly lower than its thick bezels. On the Oasis, the bezel is thick on the side with the ridge that you’ll use to hold the unit, and slim everywhere else. During the initial years, one of the limitations of e-ink displays used to be that they were a bit slow when it comes to refreshing pages. The minor lag that you used to see when going from one page to the next is now almost completely gone across the Kindle lineup.

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The Kindle Oasis’ screen responds almost instantly when you turn pages, and this makes a big difference to the reading experience. There are a few new fonts called Amazon Ember and Amazon Ember Bold, in case you weren’t happy with the Kindle’s limited font choice, but for us the clarity of the display and the improved page refresh makes a much bigger difference than font choices. During our testing, the 1,243-page epic Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson was one of the books we read. When you’re going through a book that long, the quick page turns make a massive difference and using the dedicated page turn buttons is a lot smoother than tapping the touchscreen. Another advantage of the larger screen is the ability to appreciate graphics, such as the maps that you sometimes need to refer to in fantasy novels.

When we started using the Kindle Oasis, its battery life was around the 75 percent mark. After two weeks of regular reading — often with the frontlight enabled – the battery was almost completely drained. We think this is pretty good battery life. The Kindle Oasis charges through the same Micro-USB port that all other Kindle devices sold so far have been using. One would imagine that a switch to USB Type-C is due at some point, but at the moment we don’t see this as a big deal.

One big new feature of the 2017 Kindle Oasis is that it’s waterproof. The Kindle Oasis is IPX8 rated, which means that it’s supposed to be waterproof when submerged up to 2m deep in water for up to one hour. You can head to this page to check what you need to do to dry the Kindle if it gets wet, and what conditions are unsafe to use it in (such as steam rooms).

kindle oasis 2017 page turn buttons gadgets 360 Kindle Oasis

 

We tested our Kindle Oasis under a shower and by immersing it in a bucket of water. Under the shower, water droplets kept triggering the touchscreen and somehow changing the font size. We didn’t actually try reading when the Kindle Oasis was in a bucket of water, but it survived the experience. If someone splashes water on the Oasis, or if you accidentally drop it in water, it shouldn’t die. We never really read while sitting by a pool or and we can’t imagine needing to use a Kindle when walking outside in the rain, but if you wish to do these things, you no longer need to worry. Waterproofing is a really useful feature to have overall, and we hope that it will eventually make it to more affordable Kindle devices too.

The Kindle Oasis supports audiobooks, and the more expensive 3G variant has 32GB of built-in storage, as opposed to 8GB on the Wi-Fi variant (the one we reviewed). Audible, Amazon’s audiobook service, isn’t officially available in India yet so we didn’t get a chance to test it. However, it’s important to note that you’ll need a pair of Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to audiobooks since there’s no 3.5mm audio jack or built-in speaker.

Overall, we’re quite pleased with the new Kindle Oasis but, personally, we didn’t like it as much as the original. We feel that it could have been designed better in terms of the grip and the rear texture, and the lack of a case feels like a downgrade. If the large screen and a waterproofing appeal to you, the new Kindle Oasis is a good buy. It costs Rs. 21,999 for the 8GB Wi-Fi version and Rs. 28,999 for the 32GB 3G one. If you’re buying an ebook reader at this price, then clearly budget is no bar and you’re getting the best of what Amazon has to offer. For those on a more modest budget, we still think the Kindle Paperwhite is a fantastic ebook reader. It will be more than enough for most people, and now the differences between the Paperwhite and Oasis are even more pronounced.

Pros

  • Large, clear screen
  • Waterproof
  • Dedicated page-turn buttons
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Doesn’t ship with a case
  • Expensive
  • No wired audio option for audiobooks

Overall rating (out of 10): 8

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Kindle Oasis: 4 Things to Know About Amazon’s Newest Ebook Reader

Kindle Oasis: 4 Things to Know About Amazon's Newest Ebook Reader

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Unlike previous Kindles, the Oasis is designed for one-handed reading.
  • It comes with a case, which has a built-in battery.
  • Everything is great, but it’s hard to overlook the $290 price tag.
The Kindle Oasis is Amazon’s sleekest, lightest ebook reader yet – and at $290 (Rs. 23,999 in India), unnecessary unless you’re a die-hard reader.The Oasis, which started shipping this week, is meant to be a luxury ebook reader – a solid, top-of-the line device, when money is no object. It’s designed strictly for reading, without Facebook, streaming video and other distractions common on full-functioning tablets.

Though the Oasis has a lot going for it, I didn’t find any feature that sucked me in or won me over after a few days toting around three Kindles in New York. Amazon would have had a stronger case if its cheaper readers weren’t already good.

Here’s how the Oasis compares with the $100 Paperwhite (currently on sale from $120) and the $200 Voyage (Rs. 16,499 in India):1. Comfort for reading
Unlike previous Kindles, the Oasis is designed for one-handed reading. One side is thicker, for a better grip, and the text flips so you can use either hand. At just 4.6 ounces (131 grams), the Oasis feels as light as a paperback.

Amazon executives say their goal is to make the device disappear so you can focus on the pages you’re reading. I found it a breeze to hold and flip the pages with one touch, either by touching the screen or using the page-turn buttons on the side.

But I also enjoyed reading with the Voyage and Paperwhite. I get lost when reading novels, whether it’s one-handed or two.

2. Better screen
Text looks crisp and bright on the Oasis, with a screen resolution of 300 pixels per inch. But the Voyage and the latest Paperwhite have that, too (The original Paperwhite was duller.)

All three also have built-in lights, but the Oasis is packed with more LEDs for a display that’s brighter and more evenly lit. The display adjusts automatically to ambient lighting. Reading in bright sunlight, I didn’t find the screen any brighter than the Voyage, but in a dim coffee shop, it did stand out.kindle_oasis_2_press.jpgThe Oasis also offers more fonts to choose from, including a new one called Amazon Ember – meant for easier reading, as it removes the tiny strokes, or serifs, at the tips of letters. Frankly, I prefer the strokes, as printed pages typically have them. Ember is only on the Oasis for now, though older Kindles might get them later.

Because I spend my day at the computer, I don’t want to feel like I’m staring at a screen when reading. The Oasis is much easier on the eyes than a phone or tablet because there is no glare and the screen is lit from the front, rather than behind – as in directly into the eyes. But the Voyage and the Paperwhite have those characteristics, too.

3. A case packed with power
The Oasis comes with a leather case, in black, merlot or walnut, so you’re saving $15 (roughly Rs. 1,000) or so, presuming you’d be buying a case with a cheaper Kindle.

The case attaches to the Oasis with a magnetic snap and makes the device easier to hold. In fact, I prefer reading with the case, even though it covers up the thicker edge meant for better grip.kindle_oasis_3_press.jpgThere’s a spare battery in the case, so you get nine weeks of reading combined, based on 30 minutes of reading a day. Though that’s more than previous Kindles, it’s not a crucial feature. It simply means you need to recharge it every other month rather than monthly.

4. Get more, pay more
The Oasis is sleek and chic, and given that it’s out of stock until June 1, it looks popular with at least some readers.

But it’s hard to overlook that price tag.

The basic version is $290 and comes with ads on the screensaver. Add $20 to turn them off and another $70 for 3G cellular connectivity, which allows you to buy and download ebooks when you don’t have Wi-Fi. The data plan is included. With the extras, the device costs $380, or about the same as a tablet with far more functionality.

Amazon’s other Kindles already provide a pleasant ebook reading experience. You could buy both a $100 Paperwhite and a $180 Fire HD tablet for the price of an Oasis, with $10 to spare for your first ebook.

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Amazon Kindle Oasis Review

Amazon Kindle Oasis Review
HIGHLIGHTS
Kindle Oasis is Amazon’s most expensive ebook reader.
It ships with a charging cover and has excellent battery life.
It’s thinner and lighter than Kindle Paperwhite and Voyage.
Paper books have a charm that their digital equivalents have never quite managed to match. As book collectors will no doubt tell you, an ebook reader cannot replicate the fresh smell of a new book, or recreate the feel of high quality paper.

The same collectors will also tell you that they go to extraordinary lengths to keep their books in good condition and that reading on the go, especially in crowded places, just isn’t an option. Amazon sells a number of different Kindle models, and the Kindle Paperwhite (Review) has long been its primary offering for those who don’t like how it feels to read text on the basic model. So when Amazon sent us the new Kindle Oasis, we were intrigued. Isn’t the Rs. 10,999 Paperwhite good enough for everyone? Does anyone really need to spend a whopping Rs. 23,999 on an ebook reader with practically the same set of features? We used the Oasis for a month to answer these questions.
Build and design
The Kindle Oasis comes in a compact box, with a USB cable and a charging cover which has its own battery, much like a power bank. You can just slot the reader into its cover and it will top itself up, so you can go for months before you’ll need to plug anything in. The Oasis has the same 6-inch screen as the Paperwhite and the Kindle Voyage (Review), but its overall dimensions make it a lot smaller and lighter than either of those models.

Our hands usually ache after around half an hour of holding a Kindle Paperwhite (with its smart case), and we had no such complaints with the Oasis. Even with its case on, it’s designed to be held with one hand, and it fit perfectly in ours. Its bezel is thin on three sides and just wide enough on the fourth to house two neat page-turn buttons.

When we held the Oasis, we found our thumb resting on the buttons, which made it ridiculously easy to turn pages. This is a big improvement over touching the sides of the screen to turn pages (which is also supported on the Kindle Oasis) because using page-turn buttons is just so convenient.

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The Kindle Oasis feels great to hold. The leather cover lends it a nice, premium feel. The device wakes up when you open the case and locks itself when you close it. This cover is even better than Amazon’s leather covers for previous models because it’s thinner, lighter, and provides much-appreciated additional battery capacity.

Display
The Oasis’ screen might seem the same as that of previous models, but you will notice the difference if you’re upgrading. First of all, the screen is on the same level as the bezel. The Paperwhite’s screen is slightly recessed, which allows small particles to get stuck in the corners. The Paperwhite also has some minor light bleeding issues, which are not a problem on the Oasis. The Oasis’ frontlight is evenly spread across the screen. The selection of fonts is limited but we were happy with the choices Amazon offers, with Caecilia being our favourite.

The Kindle Oasis is also extremely convenient for left-handed people. As soon as you turn it around so that the page-turn buttons are on the left, the screen automatically flips around. The transition was always instant and we just continued reading no matter which hand we held the Oasis with. No matter whether you’re right-handed or left-handed, it’s nice to be able to switch hands without really thinking about it.
Performance
Battery life was never one of the Kindle line’s shortcomings, but having additional battery capacity is always welcome. You can charge the Kindle Oasis and its cover through the port on the device itself, as long as the cover is attached. The device will notify you when the cover’s battery level is low, even when the Kindle itself has over 90 percent of its charge remaining. Even if you forget to recharge the cover, you won’t have to worry about running out of power anytime soon: we read for an hour every day and only had to charge the Kindle Oasis once in the month that we used it. Battery life is stupendous; far better than that of the Paperwhite. We reviewed the WiFi + 3G variant of the Oasis and the only time it ran out of power was when we were in an area with poor cellular network coverage – switching it to airplane mode would have prevented this.

Amazon has introduced a hibernation mode on the Kindle Oasis to conserve power. It goes into this mode when you don’t use it for a while, and it will then take a few extra seconds to come on, with the message: “WAKING UP” showing up at the bottom of the screen. We found this annoying but we’re willing to tolerate it for the sake of improved battery life.

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The Oasis allows you to buy books from the Kindle store, or copy them off your hard drive. The process is just as smooth as it was with previous Kindle devices. The software is virtually the same. In the first week of using the Oasis, it once got stuck on a screen showing an empty battery sign. It fixed itself after we hard reset it thrice (hold the power button for 10 seconds until it reboots). It was a bit slow and laggy on a few occasions before we reset it, but after that we faced no issues.

Verdict
The more we used the Kindle Oasis, the more we loved it. We were highly impressed with its build quality, its screen, its case, and its battery life. However, the reality of its price then hit us – Rs. 23,999 for Wi-Fi and Rs. 27,999 for the WiFi + 3G.There is just no way we could justify spending that much on an ebook reader. You can’t use it to watch movies or play games, like you could with a similarly priced Android tablet or iPad, and you can’t really enjoy comics thanks to the monochrome screen. You can get nearly all of its capabilities for less than half that price if you buy the current-generation Kindle Paperwhite or even still save money with the Kindle Voyage, which costs Rs. 16,499.

You could use that money to buy dozens of ebooks or even printed books. Other ebook readers will get the job done just fine. However, there are some who want absolutely the best reading experience money can buy, and if cost is not a problem, that’s exactly what the Kindle Oasis delivers.

Pros
– Really light
– Excellent battery life
– Great screen
– Nice case

Cons
– Doesn’t offer enough additional features to justify its price

Rating (out of 5): 5

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Kindle Oasis review: the ideal e-reader for the 1 percentage

Amazon’s Kindle Oasis is like a dinner party with the arena‘s greatest caviar. it’s an all-you-can-eat Wagyu steak dinner. it is an $eighty cup of espresso. genuinely placed, the Oasis is a $290 extravagancesupposed simplest for the few who can manage to pay for it. For the rest folks, it’s simply something to lust after. We called the $two hundred Kindle Voyage the “Rolls Royce of e-readers” two years in the past,but in place of going inexpensive (the standard Kindle is presently $60, and the backlit Paperwhiteversion is $a hundred), Amazon driven even further into luxurious repute. For $290 you get an e-reader so light it nearly looks like you’re keeping nothing at all. alas, Amazon nevertheless hasn’t made astrong argument for why every person certainly desires a excessivegive up analyzing device.
execs
Insanely skinny and light
Comes with a charging case
better backlighting than the KindleVoyage

Cons
highly-priced
would not do much greater than the $one hundred Paperwhite
precis
The Kindle Oasis is the exceptional Kindle ever made. however it is way too expensive for most of the people, mainly whilst less expensive models provide the same sharp display and backlighting.
i have held masses of e-readers, pills, smartphones and other devices over time, and few were as superas the Oasis. while you take a look at it head-on, it is unmistakably a Kindle, despite the fact that its 6-inch E Ink display is pushed to the aspect to make room for two physical web pageconverting buttons (answering the prayers of Engadget’s Chris Velazco). but tilt it barely and you may notice that it is,properlytype of funky. maximum of the tool is insanely thina mere 3.4 mm — at the same time as therelaxation is a barely thicker hump meant for gripping one-handed.

Its uneven layout looks weird at the beginning, but it simplest takes a few seconds to get used to it. this is normally as it‘s lightcrazy light, at simply four.6 oz. To examine, the Voyage weighs 6.three oz., and the Paperwhite clocks in at 7.2 ounces. those do not sound like huge variations, however they’re sizeablewhilst you‘re retaining something for hours on cease. The Voyage and the Paperwhite are close to the load of a typical paperback. The Oasis, then again, is so featherweight it almost feels alien as a analyzingdevice.
we’re not going to be happy till we’ve got were given this magic sheet of paper that consists of all of thebooks inside the international,” stated Chris green, vp of commercial design at Amazon’s Lab126, at some stage in our initial demo of the Oasis. “area-to-side, all content material, no device. And whilst we get there, I might be out of a task.”

in spite of being so thin, Amazon’s ultra-modern Kindle is likewise particularly robust. The companysays it electroplated a metal alloy over a plastic case to make that happen. You might not sense or listenany creaking when the use of the Oasis, and it barely even flexes whilst you try to bend it. the edges and thin portion of the Oasis experience cool and clean, while the hand-grip portion has a slightly softercontact.

yet again, Amazon used micro-etched glass for the Oasis’ display, which must make it even greaterresistant to glare (it is also stronger than the Voyage’s). the brand new model‘s screen neverthelesspacks in a pointy 300 pixels in keeping with inch, which appears approximately as good as printed texton paper. it really is the same resolution you get with the Voyage and the Paperwhite, although you do get 60 percentage greater LED lighting right here than on the Voyage. that is nothing big, but it makes for aextra uniform lighting presentation basic. I recognise lots of Kindle lovers who have been irked throughthe Voyage’s barely choppy lights, which become particularly traumatic given the price.

there may be additionally a leather-based case included with the Oasis (to be had in black, walnut or merlot), which doubles as a further battery % to make up for the Kindle’s reduced battery size. (Amazonneeded to give something as much as make the Oasis so skinny, after all.) The case snaps proper onto the angled part of the Oasis’ returned and provides any other 3.8 oz. to the Kindle’s weight whilst linked.fortunately, you may price the Kindle and the case together.
not extraordinarily, the Oasis ships with Amazon’s most recent Kindle operating gadget, which hit itscurrent gadgets lower back in February. it is often an organizational facelift. Now, the house screenindicates the maximum current books you’ve been analyzing at the top left; a diffusion of titles deliveredin your want list (that is a significantly remarkable addition); and some suggested books on the bottom.you may additionally get entry to settings like aircraft mode (a exquisite manner to save batterylifestyles) and data syncing from the Oasis’ toolbar, which saves you from hopping into the settings page as you needed to do on preceding variations of the Kindle OS.it’s no marvel that books and black-and-white comics look brilliant at the Kindle Oasis: Amazon quite much mastered that with the Voyage’s 300-ppi E Inkdisplay. For loss of a better phrase, there is an “inkiness” to the display that makes textual content and line art appealing to your eyes. it’s completely special from a backlit cellphone or pill, which can be justas sharp but also can sense like it is attacking your eyes with mild. reading on the Kindle Oasis (at the side of the Voyage and the Paperwhite) is more like settling in with a ebook proper subsequent to a mildlamp. there is some thing soothing approximately it.

given that Amazon has been the usage of the identical E Ink panel for years now, it is tough no longer tothink that this will be as exact because it gets for black-and-white E Ink presentations. positive, it cantry to stuff in a larger screen (the DX turned into a failed try at that), and of route coloration E Ink couldtake place sooner or later (although the improvement of tablet monitors has made that much lessurgent).

The most significant development with the Kindle Oasis is the way it feels at the same time as you arereading. Its lightweight, asymmetric layout makes it best for containing with one hand and lounging on the couch or in mattress. In my first few days with the Oasis, I without difficulty dove into numerous titles that had been collecting virtual dirt in my Kindle library, including Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence: Paths,dangers and techniques, Ashlee Vance’s Elon Musk biography and Daniel O’Malley’s The Rook. it can havejust been the shininess of a new gadget compelling me, but I noticed that my reading classes with the Oasis had been a good deal longer than with the Voyage. The anal-retentive aspect of me additionallyappreciated its extra uniform backlight; there’s none of the splotchiness observed on cheaper Kindles.
i was so enamored with the Oasis’ layout that I used its protected leather-based case handiest forvisiting. it is not exactly heavy whilst the case is hooked up — I had no trouble preserving it on at some point of crowded subway rides — but the Oasis feels so precise on its personal that there is no motive to have any extra burden until you really want it. The case itself seems like a 86f68e4d402306ad3cd330d005134dac piece of leather, and does a good task protective the Kindle’sprecious screen.

it’s also a exceptional travel associate, since it has its very own battery and extends the Oasis’s runtime to around 8 weeks on standby. (Amazon says the Kindle have to closing around weeks by way of itself.) From full fee, the Oasis and its case misplaced around 20 percent of battery lifestyles after a week of heavy studying. essentially, it should closing so long that the notion of recharging it’s going to in all likelihood rarely move your mind.

As first rate as the Oasis feels, be prepared to wipe off plenty of fingerprints if you want to preserve itlooking pristine. It draws a long way more oil and smudges than any previous fashionsa lot in order that it is even worse than the Voyage, which has a smooth rear case.
here‘s in which matters get muddy for the Oasis. i’ve been a dedicated Kindle fan for the reason thatKindle 2 launched in 2009, and i have followed at the side of Amazon as it gradually progressed its lineup. The Oasis, for all of its layout prospers, isn’t that tons higher than Amazon’s contemporary batch of Kindles. And it’s really now not really worth a $90 top class over the Kindle Voyage, which was already overpriced ever since it released at $199.

With the Kindle Paperwhite, which also packs in a sharp screen and backlight, available for $a hundred,there’s absolutely no motive for most people to even don’t forget the Oasis. it might have made moresense for Amazon to nix the Voyage and charge the Oasis at $two hundred (or maybe barely more). Asking $290 ($20 greater than an iPad Mini 2) is honestly madness.

Wrap-up
i get it. Amazon wants to prove that its Kindle logo has a place inside the premium gadget market. butthis is an idea that appears dramatically out of step with fact, as more people are becoming used toreading books on their telephones and tablets. The Kindle Oasis is indeed the fine Kindle ever made. butinstead of making the case for pricey e-readers, it makes clean that they simply do not make sensenowadays.

i am simply intrigued by how Amazon plans to evolve the Kindle, but it additionally wishes to achieve thisin a manner that is realistic. I can’t watch for the “magic sheet of paper” that the agency apparently goalsof. I simply want it to do a good deal greater than the present Kindle lineup. And of direction, i mightneed it to be lower priced, too.