The All-New Kindle Oasis: 9 Things You Need to Know
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Amazon has unveiled the all-new Kindle Oasis Amazon Unveils the First Waterproof Kindle Amazon Unveils the First Waterproof Kindle Amazon has unveiled the All-New Kindle Oasis. And while it's still an expensive proposition, it also boasts some improvements over its predecessor. The biggest of which is its ability to survive getting wet. Read More , the 2017 successor to its premium e-reader, the 2016 Kindle Oasis (our review of the 2016 Oasis Amazon Kindle Oasis Review Amazon Kindle Oasis Review Would you pay $290 for an eReader? Amazon bets that bookworms neck-deep in Amazon's eBook market will buy the Kindle Oasis. But you might come to find a bone-dry Oasis. Read More ). Unlike its plastic ancestor, the all-new Kindle Oasis is made from metal, packed with batteries, can read books aloud, and survive a drowning.

If you’re in the market for a new Kindle, here are 9 things you need to know about the all-new Kindle Oasis:

1. You Can Read Digital Books in the Bath or Shower

The all-new Kindle Oasis sports a water resistance rating of Ingress Protection 8 (IPX8), meaning it can resist depths of over 1 meter for longer than 30 minutes. While that probably means you can’t go diving with it, taking the Oasis to the beach, or yachting in deck pants, might be on the cards.

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2. Audible Comes as Standard

The all-new Kindle Oasis includes the Audible audiobook integration — provided the user pays for a subscription. On the downside, using Audible requires either Bluetooth headphones or speakers. In case you are in the market for either, we’ve covered the best Bluetooth headphones Best Bluetooth Headphones in 2016 Best Bluetooth Headphones in 2016 Android and Apple phones may dispense with their audio jacks. Bluetooth, on the other hand, may replace wires entirely. So you may want to invest in Bluetooth headphones. But which one? Read More and best Bluetooth speakers Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $25 and up to $300 in 2016 Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $25 and up to $300 in 2016 You can't beat the convenience of going wire-free. Great audio quality may always need wired speakers, but for music on your phone Bluetooth speakers are a must-have accessory nowadays. Read More you can buy right now.

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3. It’s Bigger and Better

Unlike previous models of Kindle, the new Oasis’s screen stretches 7 inches diagonally, making it the largest 300 DPI screen ever fitted to an Amazon eReader. While it doesn’t capture a standard A9 page size, it should have enough pixel density to accurately render larger books on a tiny screen.

Overall, if you’ve been waiting for Amazon to release a larger screen, the all-new Kindle Oasis is your best bet.

4. It’s Thinner, Made of Metal, and Less Durable

The 2016 Oasis sounds similar in dimensions as its all-new successor. The original Oasis weighed 4.6 ounces with a thickness of 3.4mm at its thinnest point. On paper, it sounded like the smallest and lightest Kindle (next to the DX) ever made. In reality, it had two dimensions and weights: with its cover and without. The battery cover put the Oasis at 240 grams, the heaviest Kindle ever made.

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The all-new Kindle Oasis’s chassis is forged from aluminum. While that normally means a thinner, more solid device, it also comes with a trade-off. First, aluminum devices don’t do well when dropped. Aluminum’s rigidity and softness make it more likely to warp and bend under pressure. Plastic, on the other hand, handles impacts far better. For the accident-prone, the 2017 Oasis may be a less than optimal purchasing decision. But it’s not like the 2016 model is all that good.

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5. It Has at Least Double the Storage

Unlike all previous editions of the Kindle, the all-new Oasis comes with 8GB of storage by default. With very small price increments, variants go up to 32GB of storage. Normally, though, you can fit thousands of ebooks onto a fairly small amount of storage. There seems to be little incentive to upgrade to a larger storage module, unless Amazon allows users to upload their own music and podcasts to the Oasis.

Unfortunately, there has been no word on user-added content.

6. There’s Still No Support for EPUB

Like all Kindles, the Oasis still lacks support for reading the EPUB format, the world’s most popular, non-proprietary ebook format. It’s very different from PDF books. Here’s how it differs:

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7. It Offers a New Accessibility Option

The all-new Oasis includes a new accessibility option for those with a learning disability: the OpenDyslexic font. Users can turn the font on, making it available in all texts.

Here’s a TED Talks video on YouTube explaining how the OpenDyslexic font helps make reading easier:

8. It Boasts Automatic Light Sensors

Unlike its predecessor, the new Kindle Oasis can automatically adjust its front light to match ambient lighting conditions. However, the light color isn’t amber-tinted. It’s still the same bluish-green backlight seen in most Kindles. If you suffer from sensitivity to blue or white light (how to filter blue lights Get a Good Night's Sleep by Filtering Your Phone's Blue Light Get a Good Night's Sleep by Filtering Your Phone's Blue Light Your phone's screen is keeping you awake. Don't let it. These apps will help you rest well. Read More ), you may need to look at the Kobo line of eReaders for relief instead.

9. The Kindle Oasis Is Still Expensive

The Kindle comes in five variations. The high-end all-new Oasis comes with Audible installed, 32GB of storage, and both Wi-Fi and cellular internet connectivity (mobile service purchased separately). It’s available as a pre-order only up until October 31.

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However, the pre-orders appear to have a substantial discount. The initial sticker price at launch for the high-end Oasis is $490. But its price on the preorder page is $350.

Going a step down, the Oasis’s price drops $50, but it loses its on-the-go cellular capabilities. The other components and features, though, remain the same as the highest tier Oasis.

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The third version of the Kindle Oasis drops another $20, but it includes advertising. For example, here’s what the advertising looked like on the original Oasis:

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The fourth Oasis version quarters the storage from 32GB to 8GB. The tradeoff is advertising. It loses the overt advertising but only comes down $10 from the third version.

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The fifth and cheapest Oasis model comes with 8GB of storage and advertising.

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Is the All-New Kindle Oasis Worth Buying?

We won’t know until the all-new Kindle Oasis is released on October 31. However, my gut tells me to look at the numbers. If an Amazon Warehouse second-generation Kindle Paperwhite sells for a quarter of the price of a new Oasis, the Oasis needs to provide a reading experience that’s four times better. And that’s simply not possible.

What do you think of the all-new Kindle Oasis? Can it possibly be worth the price Amazon is charging? Do you already own an Amazon Kindle? If so, are you at all tempted to upgrade to the all-new Kindle Oasis? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Bber
    October 13, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    The Amazon Kindle DX had a 9.7 inch screen making it the largest Kindle released to date.

  2. Bber
    October 13, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    The Amazon Kindle DX had a 9.7 inch screen making it the largest.

  3. Kristine Owen
    October 13, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I have a question. Can I download audiobooks from the library and play them on this new device? I can't seem to find any information on this. I listen to quite a few audio books from the library on Overdrive and it would be nice to be able to play them through the device instead of my phone which drains my battery.