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Know This About Kindle Oasis Before You Even Think Of Buying

Know This About Kindle Oasis Before You Even Think Of Buying
May 22, 2016 David Richardson

THE ESSENTIAL

After the initial success, Amazon had decided to invest a lot more in their e-readers and every now and then they reveal new models of e-readers.

So far, there have been eight generations of Kindle e-readers and the latest one is the Kindle Oasis.

Generally speaking, the Kindle Oasis’s performance is not vastly superior compared to Voyage or even Paperwhite, but there are some small changes that many users will find helpful enough to justify ordering this great e-reader.

We must point out the outstanding design and optimal performance as the great advantages of this device.

So, if you are ready to spend the money, go for the Kindle Oasis!

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The Amazon Kindle is the most popular series of consumer e-readers created by Amazon.com. With the help of any Amazon Kindle device, users can

  • browse,
  • purchase,
  • download
  • and read e-books, magazines, newspapers and other forms of digital media.

The first Amazon Kindle device was introduced on the market about eight years ago on November 19, 2007.

After the initial success, Amazon had decided to invest a lot more in their e-readers and every now and then they reveal new models of e-readers.

So far, there have been eight generations of Kindle e-readers and the latest one is the Kindle Oasis.

So far, there have been eight generations of Kindle e-readers and the latest one is the Kindle Oasis.

 

A release shrouded in mystery

Amazon has kept the work on this model under a veil of mystery even though the loyal customers of Amazon have been expecting a new, updated model for a while.

Amazon revealed that they had designed a new e-reader called the Kindle Oasis on April 13 this year and the device was officially available on the market on April 27, around the world.

Just like in the case of all other Kindle devices, the main purpose of Kindle Oasis is to allow users to read digital media, but it seems that Amazon has finally decided to put more effort and improve the reading experience to the maximum.

According to the designers, their basic objective was to let readers focus only on the text they are reading. But, were they able to achieve this?

While it’s still too early to say whether this Kindle Oasis is a success, by learning more about the features and characteristics of this device, readers can build an objective opinion about the latest product that comes from Amazon.

What you need to know

One of the reasons this Kindle Oasis review starts with the design is the fact that this is the first thing that you will notice about it. Those who have some experience with Kindle devices will definitely notice the radical change in the size and appearance of this device. Before this model, every e-reader from Amazon had at least a few parts that were shared with some of the previous models.

However, Kindle Oasis has a completely different design. For instance, the way you hold the device is different because you will have to hold the device from the side where the page flip buttons are placed. So, if you are used to holding your e-reader with both hands, you should forget about that. At the same time, this model is very lightweight, which makes holding it with one hand super easy. You won’t feel any pressure here even if you are reading your favorite e-book for hours. There is support for left-handed people too – simply turn the device and use it with your left hand. Of course, you should not forget that in this hand the USB charging port and the power button will be facing down.

As previously mentioned, Kindle Oasis is smaller than the other devices from this series and definitely the thinnest one. According to Amazon representatives, this device is more than 30% lighter and 20% thinner compared to the rest of the Kindle devices. The weight is around 130 grams which makes many smartphones heavier. When it comes to the design of this device it is worth mentioning that it keeps the same construction, being made of metal, that is present in the Voyage model.

Obviously, the weight and size can be viewed as advantages, but this also means that the device is likely more fragile. However, there are still no official reactions from users who might have damaged or broken their Kindle Oasis. This risk is partially lowered with the unique case which is part of the package.

There is no doubt that the creators of Kindle Oasis have used the Kindle Voyage as an inspiration, at least when it comes to the display and some of the other hardware parts. What is interesting here is that the designers have managed to “shrink” the parts from the previous model and integrate them into this new, smaller device. So, if you had the Kindle Voyage you will notice that Kindle Oasis uses the same 300ppi display even though this time it is a 6-inch display (E Ink display).

Many Kindle fans are pleasantly surprised that Amazon has invested some time and money on the front lighting. Namely, this part of the device now comes with more than 60% more LED lights than what was found in previous models. The result of this change is obvious – the display is much brighter and the glow spreads equally across the entire display making reading easier. In addition, with the interface set up you can adjust the contrast faster and in a way that suits you best. This is a huge improvement compared to the Kindle Voyage because there were instances where users noticed brighter spots on different parts of the screen.

We can freely say that the display is the best part of Kindle Oasis. The text is clear and with the fact that this is an E Ink display and not a regular LCD, you can use it outside even when the sun is shining. The Kindle oasis has an excellent refresh rate and turning pages is smooth and hassle-free.

There are many people who say that you can use a tablet to read digital media instead of buying a specialized device like an e-reader. While this recommendation might have been correct in the past, using a device like Kindle Oasis will prove them wrong. According to some experts, reading on this device requires the same effort (when we talk about eye vision) as reading a traditional book.

While we are talking about the display, it seems that Amazon made a small mistake with this model by leaving out the adaptive light feature. We are sure that the reason for this is the small size of the device and that they couldn’t include the sensors. This feature was present in some of the previous Kindle models and it was actually quite handy. Namely, whenever you changed your position and moved to an area that is a little bit darker, the brightness of the display would automatically adjust. This is not the case for the Kindle Oasis, unfortunately.

This little flaw is made up for with the huge range of brightness adjustments available. Users can choose between 24 levels of brightness and they can turn the back light off. Although the size of the device is smaller, the size of the screen remains the same as the one found in Voyage and other Kindle devices. Amazon still claims that this is the optimal screen size and we believe that they are right.

Don’t forget that users can turn off the back light if they don’t need it and stop the draining of the battery. Of course, the battery life is quite solid, but we will discuss this below.

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Conclusion

We can confidently say that from our perspective the Kindle Oasis is by far the best e-reader on the market. This device brings e-reading to whole other level. This is one of the rare devices that look attractive in photos and even more attractive when you use it. Generally speaking, the Kindle Oasis’s performance is not vastly superior compared to Voyage or even Paperwhite, but there are some small changes that many users will find helpful enough to justify ordering this great e-reader. We must point out the outstanding design and optimal performance as the great advantages of this device. So, if you are ready to spend the money, go for the Kindle Oasis!

OUR DETAILLED REVIEW

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Is it worth the Price?

The price is the main reason why many e-reading fans will think twice before they buy this Kindle device. Namely, the lower price is for the Wi-Fi only version with the device with 3G being slightly costlier.

Some people may find the price reasonable, but there are many experienced people who believe that this device is overpriced. If we compare Kindle Oasis with Kindle Voyage we will notice that the Oasis model costs a little more.

This is not a small difference….

The situation is even more drastic when we compare it with the Paperwhite or even the basic model.

So, the real question you have to ask yourself – is this e-reader worth the money?

 Update: the new Kindle Oasis  is now $379.97 $309.98  Check it out !

 Update2 :Amazon is offering a 15% coupon until Decembrer 2018  

A few other things that you should know about Kindle Oasis

Now that you know more about the features of this device, we felt that we should share our thoughts about this device in general. To be honest, although the device is different, there are many things that are similar to previous models.

The software is almost the same as what is found in the Kindle e-readers that were introduced 3 years ago. Of course, the Goodreads integration is something new and there is a brand new font known as Ember, but that’s it.

The ease of use is definitely something that we must point out, but once again most of the Kindle devices were like this. Everything you need is just a couple of clicks away.

The designers could have included auto brightness adjustment, headphone port and/or built-in speaker.

As we have mentioned earlier, this device is not waterproof although there is no explanation why they didn’t include this feature given that modern technology allows them to do so.

Overall, the real benefits of this e-reader are it’s lightweight, even lighting and long battery life when used with the included case. It has a unique and easy to hold form and comes with physical buttons for turning the page.

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Conclusion

We can confidently say that from our perspective the Kindle Oasis is by far the best e-reader on the market. This device brings e-reading to whole other level. This is one of the rare devices that look attractive in photos and even more attractive when you use it. Generally speaking, the Kindle Oasis’s performance is not vastly superior compared to Voyage or even Paperwhite, but there are some small changes that many users will find helpful enough to justify ordering this great e-reader. We must point out the outstanding design and optimal performance as the great advantages of this device. So, if you are ready to spend the money, go for the Kindle Oasis!


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Review

Screen Responsiveness 10
Build Quality 10
Usability 7.6
Weight 8.3
Overall 8

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    David Richardson 3 years ago

    Impressive article. I really like the content. Keep up the good work !

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