There are e-readers, and then there is the Kindle Oasis, the premium Kindle offered by Amazon that has extra features in a premium build not found on other Kindle models. In this article, I want to take a closer look at Amazon’s Kindle Oasis and go over the key features of this practice, how it compares to other Kindle models, and whether it’s worth paying more to get the Oasis.
The Kindle Oasis is, by far, one of the most expensive e-readers on the market and one of the most expensive in the Kindle line. So the question to answer is whether or not the Kindle Oasis is right for you. Well, let’s start with the obvious comparison of price.
You can get the basic Kindle for about $65, a Kindle paperwhite for about $95, but the Kindle Oasis will run you a whopping $250. Is it worth all that?
Let’s start from the outside! You are paying for a stronger bill. The Oasis’ chassis is aluminum and feels like a more premium device. You have to respect that it looks very sleek and is super smooth to the touch. Amazon nailed a luxury feel of a premium product with this.
One of the most critical features of an e-reader is the screen size. Right off the bat, the Oasis gives you a seven-inch screen. You may think that’s only one inch better than the industry standard, but it translates to about a 30% increase in screen real estate. Think about it! That’s quite a bit more words on your page before having to turn the page or scroll.
The Oasis has 25 built-in LED lights. None of the other popular readers have this much. It is brighter, and you get better uniformity in the lighting it gives. And what’s more, the Oasis has both warm and cool light temperature settings. There’s a little slider under the brightness setting, and by dragging a finger left to right, you can adjust the color tone incrementally from cool to warm to better suit day or night reading. You can also schedule the warmth level to change automatically with sunrise and sunset. Other than just the obvious that warm light settings are better for your eyes during night rating. We found that the warm setting creates the illusion of flipping through old pages in a book. If you’re craving a bit of nostalgia or miss physical books, this feature dials into the comfort of that feeling. It makes it look just like real paper.
You get 8 gigabytes of storage with the base model. That holds thousands of books, and also it’s super easy to download from your Amazon Cloud storage. It is plenty to cover all that you need to have on hand. However, if you’re really into audible, then eight gigabytes only holds about 35 audible audiobooks. For $30 more, you can get a 32-gigabyte Oasis, which can keep around 160 audible audiobooks. If you are an audible lover and like to have titles readily available on hand, I recommend you go for the 32-gigabyte upgrade.
I want to point out that one of the great things about Kindles is that if you’re using audible, you can switch seamlessly between reading and listening to your Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones. You can read if you want, and when it’s not convenient, or you’re on the go, you can choose to listen to your audiobooks.
Three key features stand out.
The first being that the Oasis is the only Kindle with an automatic rotating screen which is super convenient, making it easy to navigate whether you are right or left-handed. The second standout feature is a convenient page-turning button. This button makes it so much easier to turn pages. Yes, you can still tap the screen to turn pages too, but if you’re lazy like us, tapping the screen does take a bit more effort, and seriously the page turn button is fantastic. You can hold the device in your hand, and without lifting your hand, just press and the page turns.
Another handy feature is that the Kindle Oasis is also waterproof. It’s ipx8 rated, meaning it can survive being submerged up to 2 meters deep for up to 60 minutes. Although we wouldn’t recommend you go swimming with it, it’s still good to know it can take a drop into the water and survive. What Oasis is built for is relaxing and reading in your bathtub while conveniently turning a page with your thumb.
As far as battery goes, this is where all Kindles shine, but the Oasis does consume a bit more juice than its counterparts, especially if you run the light settings at the brightest level. Technically it’s about 28 hours of total use per charge, so the battery life you get will all depend on how long you read per day and at what light setting.
One final thing to note! Amazon’s competitors might offer more technologically advanced devices or have less expensive hardware. Not a single one of them can hold a candle to the sheer volume of books, comics, and periodicals available to download and consume on a Kindle. It alone is reason enough to get a Kindle and not consider any other alternatives.
The all-new Oasis remains the ultimate Kindle. It’s made for people who seek a first-class reading experience at a level of luxury that is unparalleled in the e-reader category. And indeed, no other device can match the range of content a Kindle can provide. If you’re an e-reading aficionado and want the best Kindle out there or want a larger screen, the Oasis is the top eReader and certainly the most luxurious one you can buy.
Simply put, I love the Kindle Oasis; who wouldn’t? But I am just not in love with its $250 price tag. If money is not that big of a concern, this is the e-book reader for you.