by james | 2:37 am

Today I’m taking a look at the brand new Kindle Oasis which was released in October 2017. It’s been a while since Amazon has released another Kindle and It looks like they’ve gone all out! So let’s see how it stacks up against the original as well as some of the top competitors out there.

Special features

Audible Integration  

Amazon have taken a leap forward with the Kindle Oasis by including Audible Integration to the device. For those who don’t know what Audible is, it’s a service provided by the company which allows you to download audio-books from Amazon on a subscription or per item basis. This is great  for

those times when you need to be on the move but still want to get lost in your favourite murder mystery or for when you need to give those eyes a break. As to date, I’m not aware of any other EReaders that are providing this kind of integration with audio in such a seamless fashion. The device allows you to even buy audio-books from the integrated store. In the past I’ve been able to sign up for a 30 day trial with Audible where you can get a book for free. Definitely worth checking if you’re going to use audio-books as much as your EBooks.

 

The standard storage size on the device is 8Gig. This means that you can hold around 35 audio-books. They offer a larger size model (32Gig) at an extra cost which would allow you to hold a whopping 140 audio-books!

 

Well this all sounds great so what’s the catch? Well unfortunately there is one. The device doesn’t actually have an audio jack which means you need to use bluetooth headphones or a bluetooth speaker to actually hear your beloved audiobook. They’ve also locked it to these type of devices which means you cannot use your phone as a bluetooth speaker. Amazon’s argument is to keep the device thin, but personally I feel this is a cop out as there are plenty of locations you could put the jack and still maintain the thinness of the device. So hope you’ve got some bluetooth headphones or speakers at the ready!

 

It’s Waterproof!

Another first for Amazon is that they’ve taken a look at the competition and realized that waterproof devices are becoming the norm so have jumped onboard with this concept. The Kindle Oasis comes with an IPX8 rating. In non techy speak, Amazon have dumbed it to the following definition:

“IPX8 and can withstand immersion in up to 2 metres of fresh water for up to 60 minutes”

Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/14208038031

I’m really glad Amazon have made this move as it was a feature that was lacking in their Kindle range. I’m assuming Amazon have tested this device heavily to check it’s waterproof 99% of the time but will be keeping my eye out for reports if it falls short.

 

Customisation

Amazon has done some nice work on the customisation front of the new device. Let’s start with the screen. You can set this up in two different modes. These are the classic and the Integrated view.

The Integrated view as the name suggests contains your EBooks, recommendations for your next read and your reading lists. Some of those might prefer the older style of the Kindle home screen where it just shows your Ebooks. This is available via the classic mode and can be changed via the settings screen. Personally I’m a fan of the classic view as the integrated view just looks too busy.

 

Here’s a couple of examples of how the classic view and the integrated view look

 

For those of your who have a number of EBooks or audible collections, the Kindle Oasis now offers the Grid view (items arranged in a grid, similar to Netflix)  or the listview to change in order to suit your needs.

 

Amazon have also taken a look at their competitors in regards to font style and size customization. Readers can now enjoy 8 fonts at 14 different sizes and whilst it still doesn’t offer as much flexibility as Kobo models, it is a marked improvement.

 

Amazon devices still unfortunately include special offers and ads as part of the screensaver which isn’t great for those people who just want to read their EBooks and not be distracted by ads. This functionality you can’t disable. This is a key distinction when comparing to other devices made by Kobo, as they don’t contain ads.

 

The final point to touch on here is customisation of the progress bar whilst reading your EBooks. This can be changed to page numbers, percentage or my personal preference is to remove it altogether. This really helps you lose yourself in your book rather than how much progress you’re making.

 

Features For The Kids

Amazon have also upgraded their Kindle of Kids offering. This includes complete control over what your young ones can/can’t view on your device as well as allowing you to create up to 4 Kindle kids profiles to distinguish between your little rugrats. Amazon have kept the achievements badges so you really can make learning a fun competition between your kids. Glad to see Amazon still expanding on their kids offering as kids really don’t read enough these days!

 

Services Tied Directly To The Amazon Site

Amazon offers customers unlimited reading downloads with those members who have an Amazon Prime account. So let’s do some calculations to see if it’s right for you:

 

  • The service costs £7.99 a month
  • Books average between £5-10 per book

 

If you’re likely to read more than one book per month then it’s certainly worth considering. If you’re a 1 -2 books every 6 months of so and don’t plan on using their Amazon streaming service then it’s probably not worth getting. With that said, they do offer a 30 day free trial so gives you the opportunity to try before you buy.

 

Amazon have also started the service where you can lend books to fellow Kindle users for up to 2 weeks for no cost. This might be a suitable alternative to those who are on the fence as to whether or not to purchase a EBook based on the reviews alone. You do again need to be an Amazon prime member though.

 

Sigh…The ‘Experimental Browser’

Come on Amazon, Seriously! This browser has been experimental since the first generation Kindle which was release almost a decade ago. Either commit to it or let it go.

 

The Design

Let’s take a look at the design of the new Kindle Oasis versus it’s predecessor. Firstly the device has a 7 inch display as opposed to the 6 inch one of the original whilst maintaining 300 PPI which is great. For those of you not in the know PPI stands for Pixels Per Inch and basically the more you have the better. 300 PPI is the standard for most devices created in the last couple of years

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Amazon’s also gone for an Aluminum body which is something I’ve not seen before in Ereaders. It generally gives the device are more finished and solid look and feel compared to the standard plastic approach of EReaders these days. Unfortunately they’ve slapped a massive Amazon logo on the back of it which I personally feel is a bit over the top in terms of marketing. They’ve also gone for including dedicated page turning buttons and adaptive light technology which is similar to the page press technology that  was included in the Kindle Voyage. Another set of features which also give the device a professional, finished feel.

 

The Kindle Oasis comes in the same variants as original; Wifi and 3G. The only difference here is that as previously mentioned you can buy an 8GB version or a 32GB version at extra cost. Unless you’re planning to store a crazy amount of audiobooks, you’ll be fine with the 8GB version.

 

The final thing to touch on here is that Amazon have ditched the charging case that came with the original and replaced it with a bigger battery. Although it does make the device a bit more chunky, it’s a smart move as users of the older model were reporting it was basically unusable without the case as the battery drained too quickly.

 

 

Price

So let’s talk about price. As I’ve hinted in the post so far, this device does come with a lot of features, some of which are not available of any other EReader on the market. This means it’s not cheap.

 

Currently the new Kindle Oasis is priced at:

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This does put it ahead of most of the other EReaders out there in terms of cost so it’s definitely worth weighing up are you prepared to pay extra for those features.

 

Some Specs To Compare Against

I’ve included a summary of some of the specs that I feel are personally important to consider when looking at getting a new EReader.

 

New Kindle Oasis Original Kindle Oasis Kindle Paperwhite Kobo Aura One
Size 7 Inches 5 Inches 6 Inches 7.69 Inches
Weight 194g 131g 217g 230g
Display 300 PPI 300 PPI 300 PPI 300 PPI
Colours available Black Black Black/White Black

 

Comparing Against The Original Kindle Oasis

I thought this was worth including for those of you who already have the original Kindle Oasis and are thinking of upgrading. Some of the key things to point out are:

 

  • The new device is bigger than the original but weighs more
  • The new device is waterproof
  • The new device has Audible functionality
  • The new device is generally more customizable than the original

 

Some Accessories That Are Available

So for those of you who have the original Kindle Oasis, you’ve probably worked out that your old Kindle case is not going to work anymore with the new one. So let’s take a look at some of the designs out there.

Thankfully a number of the previous manufacturers of Kindle Oasis cases have produced the same quality designs but updated for the 2017 model.

 

What I Like

I like the fact that Amazon have been bold in putting the time and effort to make their EReader waterproof like most other devices you can find on the marketplace. I also like the fact that they’ve bundled in Audio integration which gives them a leading edge over their competitors. Finally the aluminium design gives the product a real professional look which has given me the habit of viewing other EReaders as a bit cheap and nasty.

 

What I Don’t Like

There are a couple of downsides that do bug me with this new EReader. The first is the fact they’ve not included an audio jack on the device and you have to use Bluetooth speakers or headphones to use this feature. It’s a bit of an oversight when there is plenty of space to put an audio-jack. Secondly, the ‘experimental’ browser. Just give it up Amazon, people don’t need it as every other device a person owns provides a better experience of browsing the web.

 

What Amazon customers are saying

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Overall, people are pretty happy with the new Kindle Oasis. This includes new customers as well as those upgrading from their existing one or their Kindle Paperwhite. A few people are mentioning that the device is a little heavier than they were expecting but I’d guess this is something that you could get used to. There’s also a decent amount of reviews to go on despite it only being out for a few months.

 

Conclusion

So there you have it! A comprehensive review of the new Kindle Oasis so now it’s decision time. If you’ve fallen in love with the extra features they’ve put into this model such as being waterproof, Audible integration and are prepared to pay to higher price tag then go for it! If you’re still on the fence about some of these, then it might be worth looking an some of the more inexpensive EReaders such as the Kindle Paperwhite or the Nook Glowlight Plus.

I’ve hoped you’ve enjoyed my review and if you have any further questions, please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

Until next time

Cheers

James

 

Link to full technical spec

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Comments

Cheryl

Hi James, thank you for this great review of the new Kindle Oasis. I did think however that you were able to purchase this without the special offers but at a bigger price. I was obviously mistaken.

If I was looking for a new kindle, I would certainly weigh up the pros and cons on the Oasis. It certainly has a lot of good points to it that I like, just the price that would maybe put me off.

Jan 12.2018 | 11:27 pm

    james

    Hi Cheryl,

    Thanks very much for the feedback. In regards to the price, you’re absolutely right it is on the steeper side. However, it’s only recently come out and like all things tech, they gradually tend to come down in price once the next ‘big’ thing comes out. 

    Cheers

    James

    Jan 15.2018 | 01:48 am

Brendon

Great review of the Kindle Oasis, you have covered everything very thoroughly.
I have recently bought one of the Kindle Oasis e-readers and for the most part I love it.
The parental settings were very easy to use. However as you mentioned it would be nice if it had an ear phone jack. The blue tooth works well, but only if you are able to keep the ear phones charged, which can be tough during travel.

Jan 15.2018 | 02:29 am

    james

    HI Brendon,

    Thanks for the feedback and glad to hear that on the whole you’re getting a great experience from it. That’s good to note regarding the headphones charging which I hadn’t factored into the review so great to hear that from the front lines.

    Cheers

    James

    Jan 16.2018 | 05:53 am

WMP

Great review on the Kindle Oasis, I’ve seen many people using Kindles within the past few years. It’s amazing how popular they have become. I think it’s a must-have for any avid reader. I didn’t realize that they were waterproof, that’s amazing. I think it’s bad that the user will see special offers and ads as part of the screensaver with Amazon devices. I think they should offer the user a way to remove this by paying a fee.

Jan 18.2018 | 11:47 pm

    james

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your comment and glad you found a useful read! Yeah it is a  little annoying regarding the ads but unfortunately nothing can be done on that part. I’m guessing Amazon are likely making a fair amount of cash from them so they will continue to place ads on the devices.

    Let me know if you have any questions

    Cheers

    James

    Jan 21.2018 | 01:00 am

Stratos K

I never had tried an E reader but i was always intrigued to try one. Until now i was always preferring old style paper. But it seems every year these little gadgets are getting better and better that it may change my mind to try one.

Good article with alot of info. I would only put a few more photos of the actual Kindle in order to be able to see better what you are talking about.

Jan 25.2018 | 08:22 am

    james

    Hi Stratos,

    They certainly are packing more features into EReaders these days as well as the standard benefit of not having to carry 5 or 6 books on holiday is always a plus. Thanks also for the feedback on the post and shall try and grab some more pictures of the device itself.

    Cheers

    James

    Jan 30.2018 | 06:17 am

Kate

Hello James!
Well I’m searching for a kindle a really long time and yet for some reason I can’t seem to find one that fits my needs and is excaty the way I’d like it to be. However, the new kindle Oasis seems to be the one for me and the fact that is waterproof makes it so useful since I’m a fan of reading at the beach! I think we have a winner! Thank you for your detailed review!

Jan 27.2018 | 07:44 pm

    james

    Hi Kate

    Glad you found it helpful and sounds like you’ve found your perfect EReader! Let me know if you have any more questions and I’d be happy to help.

    Cheers

    James

    Jan 29.2018 | 01:39 am

Joe Petruzzi

I really commend Amazon for continuing to improve a product that is hard to make a lot of changes too such as the e-reader.

The fact that it’s waterproof and has more options for customization, this is a great example of why Amazon is controlling the e-reader market. The design is sleek while staying true to the original design.

Jan 28.2018 | 01:16 am

    james

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for your comment and glad you found it useful. It is pretty impressive what Amazon have done to this device and I’m hoping that this innovation continues over the next few years.

    Let me know if you need anymore info.

    Cheers

    James

    Jan 29.2018 | 01:37 am

HappyB

Hi James. Useful Review.
I really like the idea of an outdoor eBook reader that is at least shower proof.
It does seem to me that, having paid for the hardware and paid for the books, we then have to be subjected to Ads. I could understand if it was free at some point.
Well, I guess, customers will walk with their feet.
It is a pity because, as an avid reader, I love the idea of the Kindle. Books are heavy and I read about 2 to 3 a week.
The decider for me was the headphone socket, or lack of. I really don’t want the issues of recharging a Bluetooth one.
such a nice piece of kit otherwise.

Jan 31.2018 | 08:42 pm

    james

    Hi there,

    Yeah I’m really glad that Amazon have jumped into the waterproof EReader space. It is a shame that Amazon does include ads on their devices but like you said, customers can make decisions with their feet. With that said, I’m still impressed they’ve combined Audible with the device, even if it is Bluetooth.

    Let me know if you have any further questions

    Cheers

    James

    Feb 06.2018 | 07:08 am

MrAbramburica

I am thinking about buying the new kindle since my old one is pretty used and the new features added to the oasis one are quiet useful.I really like the new Audible feature, I actually have an Audible account for my phone so I guess you can connect it with the Kindle.The only downside is the price which id quite high to be honest.But I’ll make my way around that.
Anyway great review.Hope to see you post soon.
Later!

Feb 02.2018 | 08:51 pm

    james

    Hi there,

    The price is a bit of a hot topic as to whether or not people are going to make the leap. I guess Amazon are looking for quite the return on their investment as they’ve packed a lot of features into it. Glad you liked the review and let me know if you have anymore questions.

    Cheers

    James

    Feb 05.2018 | 01:54 am

fernglow

I was looking for e-readers for a long time as I’ve always wanted one but didn’t have the commitment to choose one and get it. This is one that I’ve noticed for a long time now but I’m still a little confused as I’m not sure if this’s the one that fits me. Do you have any recommendations for e-readers that have great value for money? If so, can you list a few examples for me to consider? Thanks!

Feb 08.2018 | 08:39 am

    james

    Hi There,

    Thanks for your comment and happy to help. So it really comes down to the features you’re looking for and the price you’re willing to pay. For a good all-rounder you might want to consider the Kindle Paperwhite. However, if you’re looking for a waterproof EReaders, then there’s the Kobo Aura H2O which is a little cheaper than the Kindle Oasis.

    Hope this helps but would recommend writing down a list of key features you want and then head over to my review section to see what fits

    Cheers

    James 

    Feb 11.2018 | 06:54 am

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