Hi All, hope you’ve read and enjoyed our previous two blog posts on the best Bluetooth speakers and the best Bluetooth headphones. Today, moving on from the Bluetooth speakers, headsets and headphones, we’ll take look at the latest in the Kindle edition – the Kindle Voyage. So, let’s get started!
The new slimmer Amazon Kindle Oasis is turning heads wherever it goes. At slightly less than 4mm in depth, it is considered to be the thinnest e-reader ever manufactured. The only drawback for many is its price, which currently retails at $250.
Would you pay $250 for an e-reader? Any e-reader? Well, according to Amazon its loyal followers and enthusiastic bookworms might just dig deep enough into their pockets to acquire a Kindle Oasis.
Unless you’re born on the other side of the Mississippi river, where Camembert cheese grows in the meadows, you might want to re-think about shelling out $250 for an e-reader.
In the first place, the Oasis is not adorned with that many new features. Inside your box, you’ll find the Oasis, a micro-USB cable, a battery pack cover and your documentation. For that price, I would have expected a year’s subscription to Amazon Prime Reading or maybe an ounce of gold stashed somewhere in-between. It also comes with free 3G, but sadly is only available in the United States.
However, the Kindle Oasis India, despite its minimal features, is not just your run-of-the-mill type of e-reader. It’s considered by many as the luxury cruise boat of e-readers. Well, who is to argue that Amazon’s bevvy of e-readers aren’t top-notch. Yet, this particular e-reader has caused quite a stir in the market. It is considered the most truly desirable e-reader ever. Why? Well, that’s what we are going to uncover in this Kindle Oasis review for 2018!
1. Amazon Kindle Oasis Review – The Design
Amazon did a great job with the design of the Kindle Oasis. This is its one feature which makes it stand out from all previous versions. The first thing you notice is its small size. The e-reader looks almost entirely like a thin little book ready to be opened and the content to be devoured whilst leisurely drinking a delicious cup of coffee.
Although it is extremely thin, it is also surprisingly strong. Amazon electroplated a metal alloy over its plastic case, hence the sturdiness. When trying to bend the Kindle Oasis it barely flexes. You will also not hear any creaking sounds when using it. Weighing a mere 131g, the design is such that the e-reader and the case look like they’ve been designed together, to be split apart when required.
In comparison to other Kindles, it is about 2 ounces lighter than a Kindle Voyage with 3G, and about 3 ounces lighter than a Kindle Paperwhite. This also makes it about thirty percent thinner and twenty percent lighter than any other Kindle.
Whereas the Kindle Voyage has the PagePress haptic technology to steer its page-turning capabilities, Amazon has now re-introduced proper buttons on the Kindle Oasis. Quite an answer to prayer for many. The page turn buttons are found only on the one side of the Kindle, and depending on whether you are left or right handed, you can turn the device around according to your preferences and the orientation sensors will automatically change orientation for you.
Using the buttons also means that you don’t have to tap the screen as much. Though tapping the screen can be a convenience, it has the disadvantage of leaving greasy fingerprints all over the screen.
A thing of note with the Kindle Oasis is that it does not come with a 3.5mm audio jack. Like in previous versions, those that like listening to audiobooks are sadly excluded. The top edge sports a micro-USB port for data transfer and charging as well as a physical power button. The other sides of the Kindle Oasis are squeaky clean.
2. Kindle Oasis Review for Case Cover
Amazon must have realized how much more appealing the Kindle Oasis looked paired with an Amazon-made case, as they are only sold with a beautiful leather-fronted case.
The cover section of the case attaches to the back of the Kindle Oasis with 12 magnets, almost like the iPad’s cover does. It can also be taken off when so desired. The leather cover connects to the back side of the centre through five contact points. Behind the cover is a battery section, masterfully concealed. The Amazon logo is embossed on the cover, giving it a very elegant look.
It’s worth pointing out that, because of the shape of the Kindle Oasis, which is slightly tapered to one side, the cover does not reach the entire length of the backside. When opened, it wakes up the Oasis, and when closed puts it to sleep.
The cover also includes a cover battery which automatically charges up the main battery when attached to it, ensuring that you always have power available wherever you go. This feature on the Kindle Oasis actually comes in quite handy as it quadruples the battery life to a couple of months (when you read for 30 minutes a day.)
Something else worth mentioning is that the cover is made of real leather. It’s quite a gorgeous piece of work, and the only complain is that it marks easily. Since this is what one is to expect of leather it comes as no surprise. The covers come in black, merlot and walnut.
3. Review of Kindle Oasis – Features & Specifications
- This is an 8th generation Kindle.
- It sports a Carta E-Ink Screen with 300ppi.
- Its screen size is 6 inches.
- It sports a Touchscreen.
- Has an internal storage capacity of 4 GB.
- It boasts an MX6 Freescale SOC.
- It supports txt, pdf, html, azw3, azw, doc, mobi and prc.
- It can read bmp, gif, jpeg and png images.
- Like the Voyage, it also has a capacitive glass screen.
- It has a micro-USB connector.
4. Amazon Kindle Oasis Review – Display
Like its previous Kindle versions, the Oasis also comes equipped with a six-inch 300 ppi capacitive glass screen. When the backlight is turned off, there isn’t much of a difference between the Paperwhite, and the Oasis. To know more about the Kindle Paperwhite, read this in-depth Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review.
However, once the backlight is turned on the difference is quite astounding. Why would that be? Simple. The Kindle Oasis is equipped with 10 LEDs compared to the 6 that are found in the Voyage, and the 4 in the Paperwhite. These LEDs contribute to a smooth and even distribution of light across the whole surface of the Oasis.
In previous versions of the Kindle, this particular feature was a point of frustration for many as the light was not evenly distributed. However, to be able to put out this much luminance, the Oasis utilizes quite a lot of battery power. In consequence, the Oasis has a much shorter battery life than it’s predecessors.
It was quite surprising though that the Oasis was not equipped with the Voyage’s ambient light sensor. This light sensor allowed the Voyage to automatically adjust to lighting conditions. However, the Oasis enjoys the same smooth screen finish that the Voyage has. The Oasis screen is made from micro-etched glass, just like the Kindle Voyage before it. This lends both the Oasis and the Voyage, a strong resistance to glare. For further information on the Kindle Voyage, read this Kindle Voyage review.
5. Kindle Oasis Review – Setting It Up
Setting up the Oasis does not take much time at all. The whole procedure might take about 5 minutes in total. All you need to do is:
- Select your language.
- Connect to a wireless network.
- Register the Kindle on Amazon .
Additionally, there is a short configuration process, where you can choose to customize your device. Like other e-readers, configuring the Oasis doesn’t take much effort.
6. Kindle Oasis Review for Battery Life
The Oasis comes with dual batteries, the first of its kind to come out paired like this. Amazon has put out an estimate of about “a couple of months” of battery usage without needing to recharge. Provided you keep reading to a maximum of 30 minutes a day, and you reduce the screen lighting down to an average level.
However, this is only applicable if you use both batteries in tandem. Once the extra battery in the cover is removed, battery life is reduced to a couple of weeks at the most.There have been reports, verified at that, that some Kindles do not draw power correctly from the battery on the cover.
One suggested solution is to ensure that the metal contacts are properly connected. To minimize power consumption, you can switch to hibernation mode, which levels can be checked through the cog wheel of the menu.
Does the Kindle Oasis come with solar charging?
No, it does not. Despite many rumours floating around that it does. Reason being? The hardware for e-readers in use today stem from 2012. Thus, the processors and screens used in most, if not all, of the e-readers today are functionally almost the same as those of 2012. The best thing is to wait out the year 2018, as 2018 might bring around improved technology with solar charging as a feature.
7. Review of Kindle Oasis – The Interface
The Kindle Oasis’ interface does not look much different from the current Kindles. It sports a nice new homepage with access to all your current and previous books. There is a wish-list plus a list of unread books you can pick from.
The Oasis has three zones to interface with the menu, back, and forward. The touch zones offer enhanced locations and size. This makes it almost impossible to touch the wrong section of the screen. About two-thirds of the home screen layout is packed with ways to extract money out of the readers, with direct and indirect forms of ads.
With it’s improved text setting engine and font range, text on the new Kindle Oasis looks more natural. There aren’t too many spaces between the text. The Bookerly and Ember fonts have contributed to a major face-lift look for the Kindle. However, Amazon still has a long way to go in terms of text-layout and font-size options.
The interface also has indicators, dual battery indicators, enabling you to see how much battery power you still have available. You can, therefore, benefit from a longer battery life and protection for your screen while you are travelling.
8. Amazon Kindle Oasis Reviews 2018 – Extras
Sideloading is another term for copying e-books from your computer onto the Kindle Oasis. To be able to do that users have two options:
- Copy files via the micro-USB connector or
- Email the document to the ‘Send to Kindle’ email address.
There are a few recorded problems encountered with this practice. In the first place, it is not very easy to locate the files you’ve just uploaded. Another setback is that many scanned documents do not always look good on the Oasis.
A couple of e-readers use a method called OCR (optical character recognition). The technology varies amongst manufacturers. Some can intelligently convert smudged, faded and not so severely distorted letters into digital characters. This type of technology can figure out what word a distorted letter is a part of, based on the context of its surrounding letters. Unfortunately, Oasis doesn’t seem to offer any kind of OCR.
So, should you buy the Kindle Oasis? Well, if you like luxurious, stylish looking gadgets, and have the money to splurge on them. Then, by all means. Go ahead.
Despite the few shortcomings it has, like the lack of 3G outside the United States, or the battery that is not on par with those of the previous current Kindles, I’d say the Kindle Oasis still offers value for money. Even, if that value lies mostly in its aesthetic looks.
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