Kindle Oasis E-reader with Leather Charging Cover - Black, 6" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi), Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 8th)
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- All-new ergonomic design with dedicated buttons to effortlessly turn the page
- Longest Kindle battery life--the included leather charging cover can boost battery to months. Choose from a black, merlot, or walnut removable cover.
- High-resolution 300 ppi display with crisp, laser quality text. Reads like real paper without glare, even in direct sunlight.
- Enhanced built-in adjustable light evenly illuminates the screen for perfect reading anywhere, anytime
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New—Designed to feel as light as paper, Kindle Oasis is over 20% lighter and 30% thinner on average than any other Kindle. The handgrip tapers to an ultrathin 0.13” display so you can read comfortably for hours.
New—Kindle Oasis combines our strongest cover glass and a featherweight frame infused with metal using structural electroplating, ensuring it is lightweight while also resilient enough to take anywhere you want to read.
New—A tapered ergonomic handgrip shifts the center of gravity to your palm, to rest in your hand like the spine of a book. Perfectly balanced for one-handed reading, Kindle Oasis enables you to get lost in your story.
New—Comfortably turn the page with either the touch display or dedicated page turn buttons located on the front of the handgrip. Whether you choose to read with your left or right hand, Kindle Oasis automatically rotates the page orientation to match.
Highest resolution Kindle with enhanced lighting
Kindle Oasis features a high-resolution 300 ppi display for crisp, laser-quality text—all on the same 6” display size as Kindle Voyage. A redesigned built-in light features 60% more LEDs than any other Kindle, increasing the consistency and range of screen brightness for improved reading in all types of lighting. Kindle Oasis guides light toward the surface of the display with its built-in front light—unlike back-lit tablets that shine in your eyes—so you can read comfortably for hours without eyestrain.
Dual-battery charging system delivers months of battery life—our longest ever
New—Charge the device and cover simultaneously while snapped together and plugged in. When on the go, the cover will automatically recharge the device, giving you months of combined battery life. Plus, a new hibernation mode minimizes power consumption when your Kindle is inactive, extending battery life to its fullest capacity.
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New—The removable charging cover is made of high-quality leather and comes in your choice of black, merlot, or walnut. The cover opens like a book and fits closely around the bezel, waking Kindle Oasis when opened and putting it to sleep when closed. Twelve magnets form a secure attachment between device and cover, while still easy to detach when the lightest possible weight is desired.
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USING THE OASIS
The Oasis is shaped differently from other recent Kindles, has the weight shifted to one side, but retains the same display as the Voyage and Paperwhite with some improvements made to the lighting. How is it to use?
-- The shape and size is different, and I’m quickly finding that it feels more natural to hold. The wider side is intended to be where you grip it, and if you hold it with left or right hand it re-orients the display automatically. The grip is wider and fatter than the other Kindles. Amazon refers to it as an ‘ergonomic’ grip.
-- Having a wider side with the page turn buttons is considerably more user friendly as well. I always found the Voyage page turn buttons to be difficult to avoid pressing by accident since the sides of the Kindle were very narrow and it was hard to hold the Voyage without touching the page turn buttons. Not so with the Oasis, the buttons are more prominent and easier to either find, or to avoid, and there is plenty of room to hold the Kindle without touching them by accident
-- Holding the Oasis with the cover is comfortable, but what is really impressive is how light it is without the cover. And it’s very easy to detach the Oasis from the cover, much easier than the Paperwhite in particular (the Voyage also slips out of its cover quite easily).
-- If you like the way that the Voyage ‘origami’ cover can be used to stand up the Kindle for reading, then that’s obviously not a feature of this new design. But I know that many people prefer a book style cover anyway, like I have with my Paperwhite, and this cover returns to that style.
-- Display can be set to landscape or portrait via the settings menu.
-- Oasis does NOT have the adaptive light sensor that the Voyage incorporates. You adjust the brightness of the display manually, a simple and quick adjustment.
-- The power button easier to use. With the Voyage if you have the origami cover and fold the cover back to read, then it covers up the power button which is on the rear of the device.
-- The page turn buttons are raised and easier to sense with your thumb than the buttons on the Voyage. There is a very slight click when the buttons are pushed.
-- I miss the 'origami' cover of my Voyage. Some people prefer the book-style cover, but I like how the origami cover allows the Voyage to be propped up for reading. That's not possible with the Oasis, at least not with the current cover.
-- I do like the feel of the Oasis in my hands. The wide side used for gripping is a big improvement - see the video. I'll need to use it for a longer time in order to see if it really makes a big difference for reading, but my initial impression is that it's much nicer.
THE OASIS ‘SYSTEM’
The Kindle Oasis is not simply an e-ink reader, it is a reader plus cover and with the two designed to work together. The Oasis without cover is light and thin, shaped differently from other Kindles, with a display that automatically ‘rotates’ so that holding it in either the left or right hand will still result in an upright display. Both the Oasis and the cover incorporate batteries, and the two work together to give the ability to use the Oasis for long periods of time between charges.
The cover attaches and detaches easily, and is held in place with magnets and very secure. It really is convenient to remove the cover when you want to hold the Oasis for reading and enjoy the light weight and thin size, and when the cover is replaced then the battery in the Oasis automatically begins recharging from the larger battery within the cover. It is a very clever system and it works well, and transparently to the user.
THE OASIS DISPLAY
Uniformness of the lighting was a chronic complaint for the early self illuminated Kindles, particularly the Paperwhite when it was first introduced. The Voyage screen and illumination was a step forward from the Paperwhite, and the Paperwhite itself is now in its third generation. At this point, the display specifications for the Oasis are the same as the Voyage and Paperwhite, but Amazon says that the lighting design is improved. It has what I believe are 10 LEDs along the wider side of the display, but they are very very difficult to discern even when looking at a sharp angle. I am able to see some shadowing from the LEDs under certain conditions, but it is very subtle. Really, the display in my Oasis is faultless - crisp, sharp and bright. It is probably even better than the Voyage although my Voyage display is also quite excellent. My Paperwhite does have a very noticeable shadowing from the illumination which in the case of that model is coming from the bottom of the display. In the three and a half years since the first Paperwhite was released Amazon has really improved the display to the point where it is truly excellent in all respects.
One change is that the Oasis display does not include the 'adaptive' light feature of the Voyage. That adjusts the light setting depending upon the ambient light, and in my experience with my Voyage it is sometimes a good feature but not always fully adjusting how I prefer. Amazon decided to eliminate that feature for this new model, and I doubt that I'll miss it because manually adjusting the screen brightness is a very easy thing to do, and I was always messing with the adjustment on my Voyage anyway because the automatic adjustment often was not what I preferred.
Overall though, in my initial use I find little difference between the Oasis and my other Kindles (with respect to the display), but that is not a negative. My Voyage screen has been without fault since I first received it. I find the display to be clear and sharp and the range of illumination is very wide, sufficient for reading in the dark and also to illuminate the screen very adequately in bright light.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
The Oasis is shaped differently than other Kindles (a bit wider, and shorter) although the screen size is the same (6”). About two-thirds of the width of the Oasis is incredibly thin – less than half the thickness of the Voyage and almost a third the thickness of the Paperwhite. The weight of the Oasis by itself is quite a bit lighter than either of the other models, and even with the battery cover attached it is significantly less than the other models with cover:
-- Oasis: 4.6 oz without cover + 3.8 oz for cover = 8.4 oz total
-- Voyage: 6.3 oz without cover + 4.8 oz (origami leather cover) = 11.1 oz total
-- Paperwhite: 7.2 oz without cover + 4.7 oz (Amazon leather cover) = 11.9 oz total
-- Kindle: 6.7 oz without cover + 3.8 oz (Amazon leather cover) = 10.5 oz total
-- The display is really impressively thin – noticeably less than the Voyage. It's remarkably thin when holding it.
-- What I find particularly impressive is how light and easy to hold this Oasis is by itself. The design places the weight closer to your grip (20% closer according to Amazon) and it does feel more comfortable and ‘like a book’.
-- Amazons goal – for the Oasis to ‘disappear’ in your hand – is not something I can quite confirm yet. It’s a bit of hyperbole, really, but the intent is there, and this Oasis is actually so light to hold that I can see this as not so much of an exaggeration, once you have used it for a while and are simply relaxing and reading a book with it.
My first reaction to the price was that it sure sounded like a lot - $289.99 for the least expensive model. Later I took the time to compare it on an apples-to-apples basis to the other Kindle models, and here is what I found:
-- For comparison the pricing here is for Wi-Fi only, with special offers, and including Amazons own leather cover for the respective models (Wi-Fi plus 3G is +$70 for all Kindles, add $20 to get without special offers)
-- $290 – Oasis, price includes leather cover
-- $260 – Voyage plus Amazons leather cover ($200 + 60 = $260, or $30 less) (unchanged since first announced)
-- $160 – Paperwhite plus Amazons leather cover ($120 + 40 = $160, or $130 less) (also unchanged)
-- $120 – Kindle plus Amazons leather cover ($80 + 40 = $120, or $170 less)
Notwithstanding the above, it’s clear that the Oasis itself is as much as $210 more than the lease expensive Kindle. You can buy three base model Kindles (without illuminated screen) for the price of one Oasis, even including the cost of cheap covers for each of them.
-- The cost is high but depending upon how you would expect to purchase your Kindle, it may not be quite as bad as it first appears.
-- The main difference is, with the Oasis you that don’t have a choice, you MUST purchase it with the leather cover because the Oasis and cover are designed to work together as a ‘system’ (see above). With the Voyage and Paperwhite you can purchase the Kindle without the cover, and you can also purchase much less expensive non-Amazon and non-leather covers.
-- If you would normally buy a nice ($40-60) cover for your Kindle, then the Oasis may not be that much more than that you'd pay for a Voyage. If you don't use a cover, or you would normally buy a less expensive non-leather non-Amazon cover, then the price is much higher than you'd pay for one of the other models.
-- If value for your money is first consideration, the either the Paperwhite (if you want illuminated screen), or the base Kindle, is clearly the best choice, at either $120 or $80 plus the price of the cover of your choice.
These prices are all normal full retail prices. Amazon has been discounting the other Kindle models recently, so the differences have been even greater.
Oasis buyers are probably looking for the most premium e-reader, want the latest and greatest, and are comfortable paying for it. This is not the Kindle model intended for budget purchasers.
BATTERY CAPACITY AND LIFE
Amazon does not give the actual battery capacity (in mAh) in their specs although eventually that information should be available online and I'll add it to this review. In the meantime Amazon does state how long the various Kindle models will operate on battery, and a comparison can be made. This is something I wanted to do for myself since the battery arrangement of the Oasis 'system' is so different for other Kindles, and because some of the early reports suggested very long battery life.
Here is what battery life actually works out to be, in terms of actual available reading time between charges for the current Kindle models, using Amazons own stated specs which all assume "wireless off and the light setting at 10":
-- Kindle: 4 weeks @ ½ hr of reading/day = 14 hrs
-- Paperwhite or Voyage: 6 weeks @ ½ hr of reading/day = 21 hrs
-- Oasis (including cover): 8 or 9 weeks @ ½ hr of reading/day = 28 - 31.5 hrs
-- Oasis (without cover): 2 weeks @ ½ hr of reading/day = 7 hrs
The differences are significant and the Oasis has a longer possible use between charge to be sure (making use of the battery in the cover). Whether or not that is a really important difference, I think it will depend on how much someone wants to use their Kindle between needing to plug it in to recharge fully.
NEW INFORMATION added 5/1/16, 5/22/16: One website now has a teardown report and states that the Oasis battery is 245 mAh size. A further report (update 5/22) gives the battery size in the cover as 1290 mAh, for a total of 1535 mAh. Compare that to the 1320 mAh battery included in the Voyage or the 1420 mAh battery in the Paperwhite and it's clear that the Oasis really must rely upon the cover in order to get respectable battery life, but if these reports are correct then the total battery capacity in the Oasis is larger than either of those models. The larger battery plus improved battery management software would explain Amazons claim of longer available reading time as I've summarized above. For those interested in more thoughts on this battery arrangement, please see comments to this review, below.
MORE NEW INFORMATION added 5/14/16: I've added a photo to this review that shows how the Oasis will go into 'hibernation' mode after sleeping for some period of time. When waking up from hibernation, the display shows 'waking up' at the bottom and takes a couple of seconds longer before it fully wakes up. This is a new feature of the Oasis and I'm sure it is part of the battery management software it incorporates, to deal with the different battery arrangement and give the best life between charges.
Other details regarding the batteries:
-- Ten minutes charging the cover adds one hour battery life to the Kindle (per Amazon).
-- Only the Oasis has a USB port. The cover must be attached to the Oasis in order to be charged, it cannot be charged independently.
-- The Oasis is capable of 20 months total life if in hibernate mode (per Amazon).
-- It is possible to check the battery levels for both the cover and the Oasis itself, IF the Oasis is attached to the cover (see video and also photo appended to this review). After pressing the 'quick action' icon at the top of the screen, the display will show the battery level for the cover and Oasis separately and given as percentages. That's a very nice enhancement and none of the other Kindle models offer the ability to view battery percentage.
-- When charging there is a small amber LED that illuminates and it part of the on/off button. When fully charged it changes to green.
My first reaction after learning that the Oasis had a separate battery in the cover was to expect a very long battery life, but when I started looking at the actual specs I saw that's really not the case. My interpretation is that because Amazon has made light weight and thinness their top priorities (see 'Design Objectives' earlier in the review), they decided to forgo the opportunity to pack a huge battery into the cover. But perhaps that will be an option at some point in the future, since the Oasis ‘system’ is designed for the Oasis plus cover to work together and Amazon could easily offer a ‘high-capacity’ cover at some point in the future, for those who wanted such a thing and were willing to sacrifice some size and weight in order to get it.
WANT MORE INFORMATION?
Incredible as it may seem that anyone would desire more after working their way through this brevity-disabled review, there is also a very comprehensive Kindle Oasis Support page now available on Amazon, that has a great deal of information including video illustrations of various features and operations:
It's not that the Oasis isn't great - it is. The display is slightly crisper than previous Kindles. It's not that it isn't set up well - the buttons are placed well and easy to use, and the touch screen works fine. It's really just a matter of personal preference. I love to read while I have coffee in the morning and while I'm eating lunch at work, and because of that I love the origami case that the Voyage has. It's hard to read the Oasis hands-free, especially if you are used to the Voyage. Also, when reading while laying down, I switch hands unconsciously a couple of times a minute. I didn't realize this until I used the Oasis, because with the Oasis you have to flip the Kindle over, which may not seem like a big deal, but it definitely does not create a seamless reading experience.
So if you like to read while eating or laying down then you are probably better off using the Voyage. If you want the best looking read, then the Oasis is great. And regardless, you are better off reading any Kindle than you are watching the garbage on TV!
Lets put a little context around this. I eventually migrated to the Fires because although I liked the eInk for reading, I also liked to see more detail on book covers and black and white didn't seem to offer that. The Paperwhite and it's successors got closer, so that even without color the detail was sufficient to make browsing "by cover" satisfactory (something I have always done, even with real books).
Still though, what I didn't like about the eInk versions was the inability to render a page without big gaps between words or even truncated lines when there was a big or hyphenated word in the line. I don't know whether it is just coincidence that I haven't seen that yet with the Oasis, or whether the "Amazon Ember" font helps (I like this new font a lot) or whether it has been specifically addressed in the newer OS. Whatever, I have not seen that yet and it removes one of my reasons for preferring a tablet over an eReader.
First impressions... not great. It was asymmetrical which (from an aesthetics point of view) really bothered me and I thought it seemed really expensive for an eInk eReader. So first impressions were that it was ugly, expensive and anyway still B&W. Still, as apparently I have a Kindle fetish, I wanted to lay my hands on it. So I read the reviews.
I began to understand that the asymmetry was intentional, supposedly giving it the balance of a small book and making it easy to hold and read at varying angles and also one handed. The comments on the price made sense. It is true that by the time you get a Paperwhite or a Voyage and add a nice cover, the price difference isn't that much. The battery life and the charging cover tipped the scale. I thought I must at least try this.
Second impressions... not a lot better. When the box arrived it seemed so SMALL! I opened the box and the device seemed SQUARE (I actually said out loud - to no-one in particular - "yikes, its square!"). I wasn't feeling it. Still, its here now. Soldier on.
Lasting impressions... I LOVE it. LOOOOVVVVEEE it. As mentioned, the nit about the word spacing seems to be taken care of. Do I love it enough to put up with it if it isn't? Actually, yes. Why? It is just so, so comfortable to hold. I have never been a one handed reader... all of a sudden I am. I have been reading it that way all weekend.
I love that you change hands and the aspect changes with you so you can press the buttons left or right handed, making it easy to turn pages without even moving your hand. It is clever that whichever way you set up the buttons (you can change the setting - top/forward, bottom/back or vice versa) that stays the same whichever way up you hold the device. And of course it really is nice to have buttons. Although you can use the touch screen to turn pages, the buttons are very satisfying and that asymmetrical thing? It gives them a place to live and a way for you to hold the device comfortably without touching the screen. The "hump" really does work as a comfortable place to hold and a way to balance the device. It is just incredibly easy to hold and there doesn't seem to be a wrong angle to hold it, for comfort or for visibility.
Lets talk about the role of the cover for a minute. I have seen reviews about the cover eliminating the benefits of design (weight, thinness and one handed reading) and it does - a little bit. With the cover on it is slightly heavier and slightly less well balance for one handed reading. Just slightly. Not enough to impact the comfort or put you back to the feel of a regular Paperwhite or Voyage. But here's the thing. The cover just snaps on and off magnetically. What I have found is that if you just snap the cover off for reading and snap it back on when you are done, its easy and you get the best of both worlds... the benefits of a light, thin, balanced design and the screen protection AND charging capability of the cover. It is easy and quick to do unlike other device covers and cases, where you are wrestling to get them off and on.
Lets talk the cover from a protective point of view. Would it protect from a drop? Not sure. It unsnaps so easily it is possible that it would come loose if you dropped it, exposing the device to damage. About 1/3rd of the device (the "hump") is not inside the cover anyway, as the "hump" is where it snaps in, making the back flat when the cover is on. Bottom line, you can read comfortably with the cover on if you wish. It really doesn't make it a lot thicker or heavier and the one handed thing is only slightly less comfortable. Or, it is "a snap" to quickly remove/replace the cover if you prefer a naked device and want to take full advantage of the design. I have been using it both ways.
Is the cover leather? I think so and if you do read with the cover on and folded back, the micro fiber on the inside feels really nice. One small irritant is that the other color options are not yet available. I originally tried ordering the Merlot and was told it wouldn't be available until September! That's not a huge deal except it does appear that you can't order the device without the cover at this time. So it would have been September before I got the device too. Also, there is a slight concern that if something were to happen to the cover and you wanted to replace it, it may be difficult as I can't see where you can order a cover by itself... at least not yet. On a side note, there are already plenty of other manufacturers offering covers in various colors, but they don't see to also charge the device (unless I am missing something?)
The Oasis is ridiculously small, thin & light and this makes it a breeze to take with you. Reading in the broadest daylight is perfect (not the case with Fires or iPads of course) but also seems better than the Paperwhite or Voyage. I know the resolution is the same, but the lighting design is slightly different I believe... could that be why? Don't know, but I do know I did find the other eInk versions a bit reflective in bright light and I don't find the Oasis is at all.
Some have commented about its inability to auto-adjust the light. I haven't found that a problem, but then I always turned that off on the Voyage so maybe I am not the best judge. Maybe it was left out of the functionality for the Oasis because most people prefer to set their own light level? Anyway for me, this was a non issue and its so easy to adjust the light it doesn't seem like a big deal to me anyway.
I really think this is THE Kindle for me. I really love it.