New Kindle 2016 Release: Amazon’s Kindle Oasis
Amazon’s Kindle Oasis: Re-Kindling Your Love For E-Readers
Since they released their first Kindle e-reader in 2007, Amazon has become the leading company when it comes to both e-readers and electronic publishing. They have the biggest library of books, the largest number of readers, and the top-selling devices. Which means, of course, that it’s a great time for them to sit back and rest on their success, right?
Wrong—Amazon realizes that the only way for them to stay on top of the market is to continue innovating, which is why they’re set to release the new Kindle Oasis – their sleekest model yet.
It won’t be too long before you get to read Amazon Oasis reviews, and when you get your hands on one, the first thing you’ll notice about the Kindle Oasis is just how hard it is to realize that you’re holding something. That’s because the Oasis is amazingly light—just under 5 ounces (compare that with the first generation Kindle, which weighed over 10). Even though recent generation Kindles have been getting progressively lighter over the years, the Oasis is still much lighter than any of its predecessors – perfect for bringing on your next flight.
In addition to being light, the Kindle Oasis is almost impossibly thin, at a little over 3 millimeters thick on its reading surface. They were able to make it that thin by moving the battery and computer components off to one side, creating a slightly thicker part on one of the device’s long edges. That’s not a problem, though, as the thicker edge provides an excellent handle for the Oasis, as well as giving the device a cool dual-level look. Also, since it’s so thin, the reading surface’s cover is closer than ever to the LED lights that run underneath the screen, making the Oasis the brightest Kindle yet.
When it comes to controlling the Kindle Oasis, the reader has options, and both of them couldn’t be easier. As with older Kindles, users can “flip” pages by touching different sides of the screen. The Oasis also features page control buttons on the handle edge, allowing users to use just one hand to flip back and forth in their books while freeing up the other.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Kindle Oasis is its battery life. As with other Kindles, the Oasis has an internal battery that can last for a long time—the company estimates that in standby mode, a fully-charged battery will last for up to two weeks, so if you need to you can put your book down, pick it up a week later, and still have several days’ worth of reading before needing to charge it (not that charging is any kind of chore). However, the Oasis also comes with an extra battery in the carrying case that comes along with the reader, which Amazon conservatively estimates will extend the length of a battery charge to nine weeks. That’s right, the Oasis’s charge will last for two months.
In terms of other innovations, the Kindle Oasis is a fairly conventional Kindle, and it provides the kinds of services that Kindle users have come to expect—lots of storage for books and periodicals, easy searching within books, the ability to switch back and forth between texts quickly and easily.
The only potential downside to the Oasis is its price tag. At nearly $300 for a basic model – and that includes a discount for allowing ads on the standby screen – there are much less expensive Kindle models available.
Still, if you’re a fan of the Kindle and looking to update your device—or you’re interested in setting yourself up with the newest, sleekest electronics available—then it’s definitely worth your time to check out the Kindle Oasis.