Kindle Oasis is the best eBook reader on-sale today – it’s also the most expensive
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- Pros – Thinnest And Lightest Kindle Yet, Leather Battery Case Included, Bright And Even LED Backlight
- Cons – Expensive Price, No Ambient Light Sensor, Not Water Resistant
Kindle Oasis is the latest e-reader to join Amazon's market-leading line-up.
The Kindle Oasis is phenomenally thin, phenomenally light – and phenomenally expensive.
But when Amazon already offers Kindle devices at a range of different price points, the basic £59.99 Kindle, back-lit £109.99 Kindle Paperwhite and previous top-of-the-line £169.99 Kindle Voyage , does that really matter?
Express.co.uk has been folding down the corners on a few thousand e-ink pages to test the most expensive Kindle to date.
At the thinnest end of the wedge, the Kindle is leaner than most pamphlets – let alone novels
Out of the box, the first thing you'll notice about the Kindle Oasis is that it looks absolutely nothing like any other e-reader designed by the team at Amazon.
Kindle Oasis is the most compact Kindle to date, thanks to its stunning asymmetrical design and trim bezels.
The frame is a wedge shape, packing the battery, circuitry and physical page-turn buttons on one-side. That makes the Kindle Oasis the perfect device for one-handed reading, something you'd struggle to replicate with a cumbersome doorstop-sized paperback edition of Game of Thrones .
At an eye-watering £269.99, only the most ardent eBook readers will likely be able to justify buying the Oasis
At the thickest end of the wedge, the Kindle Oasis measures 8.5mm or 0.3 inches. From there, it tapers down to an unbelievable 3.4mm or 0.13 inches – thinner than most pamphlets, let alone novels.
Amazon has also put its latest Kindle on a strict diet, with the cutting-edge device weighing in at 131g or 4.6 oz.
The Kindle Oasis feels impossibly light, which really makes the difference when you're holding the device one-handed while being buffeted around on public transport, or reading in bed with the Kindle held above your head.
Without its leather-bound battery cover, the Kindle Oasis is an absolute joy to hold and offers the best reading experience money can buy.
Unfortunately, snapping the battery cover into place (a cinch thanks to some pogo pins and a row of 12 hidden magnets on the back of the device) dramatically reduces the impact of the Kindle Oasis' svelte, lightweight design.
That's not to say reading with the Kindle Oasis and its bundled case is unpleasant. The high-quality leather makes even the trashiest airport bargain bin thriller feel like a revered leather-bound tome.
The cover makes even the trashiest bargain bin thriller feel like a revered leather-bound tome
The Kindle Oasis automatically wakes when it detects that you've pulled back the cover. And there's even a row of magnets on the back of the e-reader to keep the leather case folded in place, so it doesn't flap. This attention to detail adds to the luxurious, premium feel of the Kindle Oasis.
Amazon says the battery in the Kindle Oasis will last you a few weeks, but when connected to the leather cover case that capacity rockets up to a few months, or around nine weeks.
Reading without the case is undoubtedly more enjoyable, and we routinely pocketed the leather cover to enjoy the lightweight design of the Kindle Oasis unhindered. Plus, so long as you snap the cover back in place when you store the device, you shouldn't have any issues with battery life.
One minor quibble – when the case does run-out of power a pop-up will appear telling you to charge the device every single time you launch the e-reader. When you're hopping in and out of trains during a morning commute, opening and closing the Kindle Oasis between carriages, that warning message soon starts to grate. Especially since the device itself has enough battery life to last a couple of weeks without the cover. A 'Remind Me Again Tomorrow' option on the battery low warning wouldn't go amiss.
Like any eBook reader, you can also tweak the front, font size and spacing to suit your tastes
Despite the compact new design, Amazon has retained the same six-inch screen size found across the Kindle range. Unfortunately, despite its vastly inflated price, you won't find much in the Oasis display that isn't available in other, cheaper models.
Kindle Oasis ships with the same sharp 300 pixels-per-inch touchscreen e-ink display found on the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage. It's a phenomenal screen that does a solid job of mimicking a printed page and ensures even the smaller font size appears pin-sharp.
Like every other Kindle, the display holds up brilliantly in direct sunlight. Amazon has also packed 10 LEDs into the Kindle Oasis to create a more uniform lighting across the e-ink display.
For some reason, the top-of-the-range Kindle Oasis does not have the built-in ambient light sensor that ships with the £100 cheaper Kindle Voyage and automatically sets the screen brightness. But considering the issues we had with the adaptive light during our time with the Kindle Voyage, that's probably not a bad thing.
Reading on the Kindle Oasis is handled by either swiping across the six-inch touchscreen, or using the new page turn buttons. These are pleasantly tactile and offer a much better reading experience than the touchscreen.
And as you spin around the device to change hand, the Kindle Oasis automatically rotates the page orientation to match – another nice touch.
Reading without the leather case is undoubtedly more enjoyable
Unlike the all-new hardware, there's nothing in the Kindle Oasis software we haven't seen before.
Amazon's top-of-the-range e-reader runs its latest Kindle OS, version 5.7.4, which includes an impressive range of features, including Whispersync, Family Sharing, Word Wise and X-Ray.
Each of these software features adds a level of depth or ease of use that makes the humble paperback appear laughably one-dimensional in comparison. For example, Whispersync ensures your Kindle devices and apps are up-to-speed with the last page read and Family Sharing lets loved ones to aggregate their separate Kindle purchases.
Meanwhile, Word Wise is a god-send for anyone slogging their way through a particularly challenging read. This feature automatically loads concise definitions beneath difficult words, so you can continue reading with fewer interruptions. And finally, with a short press on-screen, X-Ray offers up quick hints and descriptions of key characters, places and topics of interest in a book – an invaluable feature for anyone reading A Game of Thrones .
Unfortunately, like all modern Kindle devices, there is no support for audiobooks.
Amazon has also introduced its own font, Bookerly, which is designed for an e-ink display and looks great on the sharp 300PPI screen on the Kindle Oasis.
Like any eBook reader, you can also tweak the front, font size, justification and spacing to suit your tastes. Amazon Kindles also come preinstalled with OpenDyslexic, a font designed to mitigate some of the common reading errors caused by dyslexia.
The Kindle Oasis will also show you how much time it'll take you to reach the end of the chapter or the novel, based on your average reading speed. You can also share your favourite quotes or passages to social media, using the Kindle software.
Despite all of the smart features included with the Kindle, the operating system still does an unrivalled job of getting out of your way when you want to read. Unlike reading on a smartphone or tablet app, there are no emails, no WhatsApp messages, and no Facebook updates pinging into life and distracting you from your chapter.
Kindles also have access to the unparalleled choice of the Amazon eBook store, and the Kindle Oasis has enough storage to hold thousands of titles ready for your next long haul flight, or beach holiday. And if you forget one – you can always download it from the hotel wifi in seconds.
Like every other Kindle, the display holds up brilliantly in direct sunlight
Kindle Oasis is the best eBook reader on-sale today.
The lightweight wedge design is effortlessly stylish, and offers a comfortable one-handed reading experience – no matter what weighty novel you're currently wading your way through.
Kindle Oasis ships with a luxurious, battery-boosting leather cover that snaps into place with magnets and ensures your pricey e-reader is always charged and protected in your bag.
The nagging low battery warnings, lack of ambient light sensor and water resistant design are the only small blemishes on a otherwise perfect Kindle.
Unfortunately, at an eye-watering £269.99, only the most ardent eBook readers will likely be able to justify buying themselves this luxurious single-use device.
If you want the best Kindle money can buy, this is it.
But if you just want a Kindle with a great display and the same brilliant software, you should just get a Paperwhite.
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