There are many interesting e-book readers out there. Amazon is certainly one of the top brands because it has been successful with the Kindle series. The latest one is the Amazon Kindle Oasis 2017. As the most expensive Kindle, we don’t expect less from this slim device. It feels comfortable to hold with one hand. Besides, the design is also attractive. It brings many improvements, the most notable one is the built-in storage. It’s 8GB on the original model, now you have 32GB as well, which is very ample for storing files. The Kindle isn’t designed for entertainment, so the lack of headphone jack and speaker isn’t really surprising. But then again, for the price, it could’ve included these features even if they aren’t high quality.
The Amazon Kindle Oasis 2017 is more polished although for the most part, it still retains the older design cues. The cutout at the rear is still there. The front looks like a tablet, but when you turn it around, it’s clear that this device is optimized for reading e-books. The bump of the back will provide more grip, so you can use it comfortably over a long period of time. Meanwhile, the page turn buttons are located on the front. Design-wise, the biggest difference you can easily spot is the size. It gets bigger because the screen now measures 7 inches diagonally. Also, the exterior is stunning with a silky matte gunmetal grey finish. The metal cladding further enhances its modern appeal. Despite having a bigger screen, the new Oasis is incredibly light as it only weighs 194g.
The Amazon Kindle Oasis 2017 sports a 7-inch screen. It’s not massive by today’s standards, but very large as a member of the Kindle lineup. In fact, the Oasis has the biggest screen out of the bunch. The pixel density is 300ppi. As a result, the display is sharp, which is very beneficial for an e-book reader. You won’t have a problem reading text. On the front, there is a light with a couple of LEDs. It also provides Bluetooth Connectivity for streaming audiobooks. Another difference compare the previous Oasis is it has no magnetic battery cover, but the battery life has gotten better, nonetheless.
It’s loaded with useful sensors. The last year’s model has no ambient light sensor, so there is no option to set automatic brightness. Now that this feature is included, you can use it anywhere without constantly sliding your finger along the scale to adjust brightness levels. It also features an accelerometer which helps switch the display from portrait to landscape. Needless to say, it is one of the most important additions to an e-book reader because it triggers a screen rotation. You’ll also be happy to know that the battery on the new Oasis is considerably larger. It can last up to 6 weeks on a single charge, which is very impressive.
There are two models available, 8GB and 32GB. The 32GB version is further divided into two. The one without a cellular connection costs only £259, while the other with this connectivity support is priced at £319. The latter doesn’t rely on Wi-Fi. Anytime there is a phone signal, you can download books.
Amazon Kindle Oasis 2017 specs:
- 159 × 141 × 8.3 mm (Size)
- 7-inch (1680 × 1264) display with 300 ppi
- 8 or 32 GB of internal memory
- Water resistance IPX8 rating
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Ambient light sensor, accelerometer