The Kindle Oasis sits atop Amazon’s line of e-readers.
The Kindle family is the best-selling group of devices devoted exclusively to the display of ebooks.
The Kindle clan came early to the tablet game. They dominated for years before Apple’s iPad shook the market with full-color, multi-media display.
Kindle weathered the storm, and each form of tablet settled into its own niche market. Amazon introduced Fire HD to compete head to head with the iPad, leaving its other tablets to dominate their own space.
The Kindle Oasis is the most sophisticated of the Amazon e-readers. It has the most features and the most innovative design. It also has the highest price tag, which begs the question, “Is the extra money worth it?”
Find out in this Amazon Kindle Oasis review!
What Features Does The Kindle Oasis Have Out Of The Box?
Amazon’s Kindle Oasis comes in at 6.3” x 5.6”.
It weighs about six and a half ounces.
The lightweight device can have a choice of eight gigabytes or thirty-two gigabytes of memory. The latter choice lets you store approximately thirty-two thousand ebooks.
Obviously, that’s enough memory to store a healthy amount of audiobooks as well, which the Kindle Oasis plays natively.
The e-reader connects online using WiFi. For an extra seventy dollars, it adds free cellular connectivity. This feature allows the Oasis to log in even if the WiFi connection is lost. Cellular connectivity doesn’t let the Kindle Oasis act as a phone or independent hotspot, but it does give an option if the WiFi signal drops out.
The Kindle’s screen is a Paperwhite display. It is anti-glare. Only bright direct sunlight can overwhelm its image. The Kindle Oasis is waterproof. It can remain submerged in two meters of water for up to sixty minutes. It even claims to last a full three minutes in that famous electronic device killer: seawater.
The e-reader comes in champagne gold or graphite-gray.
Its most amazing physical characteristic, however, is its back-face design. Along the rear of the Oasis, the device is twice as thick on one side. This gives it a gripping area that fits more ergonomically into an open palm. That allows comfortable viewing whether you’re right-handed or left-handed.
On the flip side of the raised area are physical page scrolling controls. This lets you change pages with a simple thumb and finger movement, pushing physical buttons on the front of the Oasis. You can actually read the Kindle Oasis while holding it with just one hand, changing your pages while casually relaxing.
How Well Does The Kindle Oasis Perform?
The Kindle Oasis handles reading chores even better than its lesser cousins. It supports more than fourteen different formats, including Kindle, Jpeg, Docx, and Amazon Audible.
You can access Kindle Unlimited if you subscribe to the service.
The Kindle Oasis comes with ads, but these can be removed with a one-time charge of twenty dollars. If you keep the ads, they’re fairly unobtrusive. They only show up in ‘screen saver’ mode before or after accessing an ebook.
The seven-inch Paperwhite display is black and white, of course. It has the expected crisp resolution at 300 PPI. It also has a true ‘Dark Mode’. The screen inverts to a black background with white letters providing comfortable night reading.
Amazon Kindle Oasis Review Final Word: Is It Worth It?
The question becomes finally, “Is the Kindle Oasis worth the price?”
This e-reader has a starting price of $249. By the time you add just a couple of the extra perks you’ll want, you’ll pay more than you would if you bought the Kindle Paperwhite and Amazon Fire HD 10 combined.
For such a jump in cost, you’d expect a lot more features.
It’s not that the Kindle Oasis doesn’t deliver as promised. The issue is the Oasis is only marginally better than the Kindle Paperwhite.
In some ways, it’s only slightly better than even the Kindle Basic. If the particular feature set of the Kindle Oasis is something you simply must have then, by all means, buy it.
The device is solid and reliable. If it’s a bargain you’re going for; however, look elsewhere. The Kindle Oasis is a great e-reader, but it’s overpriced, given the other readers on the market.