Read our Kindle Oasis review to understand this new ereader better. In a word, the Oasis is great. It’s super thin, lightweight, bright and easy to read. Having introduced Oasis, Amazon made yet another step to creating “the perfect ereader”.
The new ergonomic design of Kindle Oasis is very different from its predecessors, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage — the Oasis is slim with a thicker handgrip from one side. On the front of the handgrip, there are two physical page-turn buttons. Like all of the latest Kindle models, the Oasis can be operated via the touch display as well. The new Kindle Oasis has a built-in sensor that changes the screen orientation depending on what hand you hold the device with.
KO has a 6-inch screen with a whopping 300 ppi (same as the latest Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage). The weight of the WiFi version is 131-238g (without cover / with cover); dimensions: 143 x 122 x 3.4-8.5mm. Thus, it is about 20 percent lighter and 30 percent thinner than KPW and KV.
Kindle Oasis has 10 LEDs that light up its screen; for comparison, Kindle Paperwhite has 4 LEDs, and Kindle Voyage – 6 LEDs. The screen of the new ereader can be up to 20 percent brighter than the older models. The device uses extra-strong cover glass and a lightweight frame infused with metal using structural electroplating.
Probably the most fascinating part of this Kindle Oasis review is the new battery system of this ereader. The main battery of the device is located in the thicker part, behind a removable cover. The second battery is built into a leather case that comes as part of the bundle and attaches to the device with a magnet. Together this dual charging system can provide up to 8 weeks of battery life for Kindle Oasis, based on 30 minutes of daily reading with WiFi off and the light setting at 10. It takes 3 hours to fully charge the battery.
While the main battery is used, the supplementary battery is in standby mode. When joined together and plugged in, both the device and cover will be charging simultaneously. When on the go, the supplementary battery inside the cover will recharge the ereader automatically, thus extending the battery life.
The device has 4GB of internal memory. The basic version is equipped with a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n module. There is also a 3G version available.
Just like the Kindle Paperwhite and Voyage, Oasis supports the following file formats: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, MOBI (non-DRM) and PRC. After conversion, you can browse files in HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP.
The usual features common for all the latest Kindle models: sharp pixel-perfect fonts, Page Flip feature, notes and highlights, dictionary, X-Ray lookup, Wikipedia lookup, Family Library, 8 text sizes, Whispersync syncing, Word Wise definitions, Vocabulary builder, Goodreads sharing, free cloud library backup, and integration with Amazon’s expansive ebook catalogue.
Let me conclude this Kindle Oasis review by saying that the only thing that may deter one from buying this new Kindle model is the price. The new Kindle Oasis with leather charging cover is available from 27 April, 2016 for $290 USD (WiFi, with Special Offers). It is the most expensive eBook reader sold by Amazon today. You can pre-order KO on the Amazon website.
Amazon may be one of the most ambitious and innovative companies of the past 20 years. It launched at least two businesses that have massively influenced the world: an online shop of a dazzling scale and efficiency, and a cloud-based computing service that changed the layout of thousands of companies. But will the new $290 Oasis be a hit or a miss? What do you think?