Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Amazon's new Kindle Oasis gives you the ultimate e-reading experience

Amazon's new Kindle Oasis gives you the ultimate e-reading experience

The Kindle Oasis will start shipping at the end of October, just shy of 10 years after Amazon first introduced its e-reader.

If you want to have free cellular connectivity so you can download books anywhere you want it'll cost £319.99/$349.99 (about AU$450).

Audible fans will be happy, as well: the new Oasis has a built-in Audible app. For £229 you can pick up the 8GB model, and for £259 that'll jump to 32GB. Unlike last year's Oasis, there's no magnetic, snap-on battery cover, but Amazon says battery life is much improved, too.

Despite the jump in screen size from 6 to 7 inches, giving 30 percent more room for text, Amazon says the device retains the same 300 pixels-per-inch sharpness of its predecessor.

While the $120 Paperwhite remains the most sensible Kindle for most people, this new Oasis brings Amazon one step closer to its dream of an ideal e-reader: a magical piece of paper that contains every book on Earth.

That aluminum body is now IPX8 rated, which means the new Kindle Oasis can handle immersion for up to sixty minutes in up to two meters of fresh water. That said, don't expect the new device to last quite as long on its own as a more basic Kindle.

Whereas the previous version of the Kindle Oasis cost $290 and had 4GB of storage, the newer version will cost $250 and have 8 GB of storage. Older Oasis covers will not work with the new device.

The real reason for this thicker part is to house the battery, but this time there's no ugly case connector on the rear and overall it looks superior to the original version. Amazon will sell water-safe covers that start at $44.99 and leather covers at $59.99.

Amazon described the Oasis as "thin and light with dedicated page turn buttons and adaptive front light so you can read even more comfortably for hours".

Accordingly, the new Kindle Oasis has been created to address some of these shortcomings.

You'll have access to Amazon's ebook store with the Kindle Oasis, which gives it an advantage over a lot of the other ereaders you can buy.

That same Audible support is coming to the previous Oasis and the standard 8th-generation Kindle as well, so you can switch between text and audio versions of the same book as you like. Sadly, it also uses an old micro-USB port.

You can use the all-new Kindle Oasis in the bath or by the pool without worrying about dropping it in, which is a huge improvement over all other models. This doesn't mean you can listen to Audible from the Kindle - it still doesn't have any speakers - but you can start an audio book from the device and stream it over Bluetooth to a set of headphones or a speaker. Why on earth would you need all that for notoriously small eBooks? We're glad you asked...

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