Kindle Oasisby Amazon

  • Kindle Oasis
  • Kindle Oasis
  • Kindle Oasis
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VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
88%
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PROS

  • The Kindle Oasis delivers what is arguably the best blend of design and features of any e-reader to date.
  • The included leather cover hides a secondary battery that allows the Oasis to run for literally months.
  • Amazon has improved both the screen lighting and the page-turning options.

CONS

  • The monochrome Kindle Oasis costs more than a lot of full-featured tablets.
  • If you decide to forego the cover, which adds weight and bulk, you get only two weeks of battery life.
  • The Oasis isn't any faster at loading books or flipping pages than its less-expensive siblings, the Kindle Voyage and Paperwhite.
With the Kindle Oasis, Amazon sets the already high e-reader bar even higher with impressive design upgrades and amazing battery life. But is it really worth the $290 price tag, when Amazon's much cheaper alternatives are nearly as good? This is the e-reader for the 1 percent.
100%

I have to applaud Amazon for moving forward with eReader design here, producing something that’s truly excellent to use without indulging in…

I have to applaud Amazon for moving forward with eReader design here, producing something that’s truly excellent to use without indulging in a pointless specification upgrade. The Oasis is simply the best eReader ever.

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90%

Even as the Kindle changes, the Kindle doesn’t change. It keeps getting thinner, it keeps getting lighter, and it keeps getting simpler, but…

Even as the Kindle changes, the Kindle doesn’t change. It keeps getting thinner, it keeps getting lighter, and it keeps getting simpler, but it remains the same basic experience year after year.

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90%

Geez, who does Amazon think it is? Apple? That's an awful lot to pay for a monochrome e-reader. In fact, for a bit less than the price as th…

Geez, who does Amazon think it is? Apple? That's an awful lot to pay for a monochrome e-reader. In fact, for a bit less than the price as the Wi-Fi Oasis, you can snag an iPad Mini 2. Or five entry-level Amazon Fire tablets. And they do a lot more than just display black and white text.

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90%

The Oasis has 10 LED lights, compared to six in its predecessor, but they’re always on instead of automatically changing in different enviro…

The Oasis has 10 LED lights, compared to six in its predecessor, but they’re always on instead of automatically changing in different environments like the adaptive lights in the Kindle Voyage.

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89%

For $290 you get an e-reader so light it almost feels like you're holding nothing at all. Unfortunately, Amazon still hasn't made a strong a…

For $290 you get an e-reader so light it almost feels like you're holding nothing at all. Unfortunately, Amazon still hasn't made a strong argument for why anyone actually needs a high-end reading device.

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85%

Software-wise, there's nothing special about the Oasis, and no features that are exclusive to the premium device. Nor has Amazon chosen to t…

Software-wise, there's nothing special about the Oasis, and no features that are exclusive to the premium device. Nor has Amazon chosen to take the relatively easy option of bumping up the internal storage.

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80%

Some may be disappointed that the screen isn't of higher quality than those on the Voyage or Paperwhite, but in all honesty it doesn't need …

Some may be disappointed that the screen isn't of higher quality than those on the Voyage or Paperwhite, but in all honesty it doesn't need to be. Clarity of text is fantastic, and there's no reason for Amazon to up the pixel count here.

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80%

Reading on the Oasis is sublime. Simply tap the right or left side of the screen to turn pages, as you would on any other touch-screen Kindl…

Reading on the Oasis is sublime. Simply tap the right or left side of the screen to turn pages, as you would on any other touch-screen Kindle. You can also use the physical Page Turn buttons on the side, which I found to be perfectly situated beneath my thumb.

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It’s possible to use the cheaper tablet-y Kindles with one hand. They’re small and light and you can tap or swipe the screen pretty much any…

It’s possible to use the cheaper tablet-y Kindles with one hand. They’re small and light and you can tap or swipe the screen pretty much anywhere to turn pages. But the Oasis has been designed specifically for use in one hand, and it shows—it feels so natural that the Paperwhite and the Voyage seem clunky by comparison.

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The dirty little secret is the cover instantly erases the Oasis’s advantages of thickness and weight; the resulting package is actually thic…

The dirty little secret is the cover instantly erases the Oasis’s advantages of thickness and weight; the resulting package is actually thicker and heavier than any other Kindle (8.4 ounces total).

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Amazon’s insistence on thinning the device down meant slashing the device’s battery life. The case is supposed to make up for this by adding…

Amazon’s insistence on thinning the device down meant slashing the device’s battery life. The case is supposed to make up for this by adding an extra month to its overall lasting power.

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The Amazon Oasis is practically perfect in every way. It doesn’t forge relationships between bratty kids and their errant fathers or wax ban…

The Amazon Oasis is practically perfect in every way. It doesn’t forge relationships between bratty kids and their errant fathers or wax bannisters with its ass, but as e-readers go, it leaves you satisfied.

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