Kindle Oasis

New Oasis is by far the best Kindle in the line, but starting price of $ 1,149 Jewish pocket

In June of 2019, Amazon Kindle Oasis reached the third generation without losing the proposal that carries since the first: being a premium e-reader for those who love to read and, well, have plenty of money. This is because the official prices of the device range from $ 1,149 to $ 1,299.

These are high prices for a gadget that has only one mission: to allow you to read ebooks and the like with convenience. In exchange for such high values, the Kindle Oasis 2019 delivers ergonomic design, 7-inch brightness and temperature control display, water protection (IPX8 certification) and 8 GB or 32 GB of storage.

Worth it? Does the battery last long? Does the device change a lot compared to the second-generation Kindle Oasis? Is the screen all that? It is what you will discover from now on.

If you put the new Kindle Oasis alongside the Kindle Oasis 2017, you’ll have a hard time knowing which one: the design has hardly changed from one generation to the next.

In that regard, Amazon must have enforced the no-mess rule that is winning: if, on the one hand, there is nothing new in the look, on the other, the e-reader remains an incredibly ergonomic device.

The back cover has a matte aluminum finish which, besides providing robustness, prevents the device from easily escaping from the fingers. But the main ingredient is asymmetry: Kindle Oasis is thin, but has a thicker side just to make it easy to fit into the hand.

Note that the highest part has an outward curvature that helps in positioning the fingers.

Note that the highest part has an outward curvature that helps in positioning the fingers.

As in previous generations, you can use Kindle Oasis 2019 with either hand. The experience is the same for both: if you flip the device to change hands, the screen orientation will change automatically – and quickly.

For those familiar with Kindle Oasis now, be aware that those two buttons next to the screen are primarily intended for page forward or page skipping while reading.

Kindle Oasis 2019

You can also do that with screen taps, yet it makes sense that these buttons are there: thanks to them, you can switch pages quickly even if you’re holding the e-reader with one hand. This is because they are located just in the region where the thumb is supported.

At the bottom (or top, depending on how you hold your Kindle) is the power button. The other end houses the micro-USB port. Here’s a feature that could have changed: Even because of the price, it would be cool for the new Kindle Oasis to come with USB-C.

Despite being a premium device, the Kindle Oasis 2019 still features micro-USB

There is nothing wrong with the micro-USB port. It works as it has to work. But as the industry has replaced this standard with USB-C, I think Amazon should have gone the same way for consistency.

Display

The ergonomic Kindle Oasis is a strong point, but the model’s e-ink screen turns out to be its most notable feature. It is 7 inches in size against the 6 inches of the basic Kindle and Paperwhite. It’s a small difference, but it can improve the experience of reading books with very long paragraphs, for example.

The definition is 300 pixels per inch (ppi). Add this feature to the screen’s anti-glare protection and it looks like you’re looking at a sheet of paper. Nevertheless, the intention here is to make reading more comfortable and practical, not necessarily to mimic paper books. Kindle Oasis looks good in this regard: screen density is great for reading even with very small fonts.

So far, the screen of the new Kindle Oasis is no different from the previous generation display. But there are differences, yes. It starts with the backlight LEDs: there are now 25 of them against 12 predecessor model LEDs. Needless to say, the lighting is very well distributed across the panel.

With cold temperature

Then comes the feature that Amazon most highlights in the Kindle Oasis 2019: the light temperature setting that makes the screen amber. This is a similar proposition to that in smartphones, for example: warmer tones (“yellowish”) tend to provide more visual comfort.

It makes a difference? It depends on the usage profile of each person, but it usually does. Ideally, you should use warmer temperatures at night, especially before bed, as cool shades (white or slightly bluish) tend to make you more awake or bother your eyes more if you are in a dimly lit environment, which is why They are ideal for daytime readings only.

With warm tone

Of course there has to be a balance between brightness and temperature. Brightness has up to 24 levels of manual adjustment, although you can also enable the automatic adjustment option which, by the way, works well.

There are also 24 temperature levels. You may want to try several levels until you find the one you like best. If both parameters are too high, the screen will turn so orange that it becomes bizarre.

Kindle Oasis 2019

In temperature programming, you can also set this parameter to automatically activate according to sunrise and sunset, or set a time for your preferred intensity to take action (for example, from 18:00 to 7: 00).

The software is good, but still focused on the Amazon ecosystem.

Sounds like a conclusion from Captain Obvious, but I explain: Kindle Oasis software is still practical and intuitive, but still not as versatile with content coming from outside Amazon. This is especially true for PDFs, probably the external format that users would most like Kindle to display well.

Yes, PDFs are compatible across the board, but because this type of file is often A4 formatted, reading them on the Kindle’s compact screen is not always a trivial task. Compared to previous generations, the Kindle Oasis has made no progress in this regard.

You can use conversion tools (such as Amazon’s own email conversion ) or tweaking tools to try to optimize PDF for Kindle, yet the experience isn’t always the best. Another option would be to zoom. It would be: zooming works, but it is relatively slow, especially in heavy PDFs or with many graphics.

For PDF, Kindle Oasis Still Just a Breakthrough

Other than that, Kindle Oasis continues to offer a neat and feature-rich interface, with leading ones accessible from the top bar. If you have another Kindle model, the experience is pretty much the same here: Amazon has standardized the interface to make it work the same in every flavor in the line. There are only subtle differences inherent in the characteristics of each model.

Storage and battery

Kindle Oasis in versions with 8 GB and 32 GB. The latter is due to the compatibility of the e-reader with Audible, a service that offers hundreds of thousands of audiobooks, as well as audio versions of newspapers, magazines and TV shows.

One way out is to use the service with an account with Amazon from the United States – there you can also find the new Oasis in 4G version, which follows without release here.

Kindle Oasis 2019 next to a second-generation Kindle Paperwhite

With regard to the battery, Amazon says the new Kindle Oasis maintains autonomy for up to six weeks taking into account the following criteria: 30 minutes of daily reading, level 13 brightness and wireless off.

I don’t know if it comes to all this, but I accumulated about 10 hours of reading during Oasis testing, most of the time (about seven hours) with brightness ranging between levels 10 and 13. Considering this usage time and the Because I tested the e-reader for a week, the result was not bad: the battery charge dropped from 100% to 76%.

Dark mode in Oasis (it’s actually the black and white flip function in accessibility settings)

Note that if you leave your Kindle Oasis on standby for more than an hour, it will disable your connections to save power. As a result, the device will take a few seconds to load content when it is turned on again. Excluding this detail, Oasis is very fast at loading books and refreshing pages.

Is It Worth It?

From a technical point of view, it’s worth it. It is undisputed that Oasis is the best e-reader in the Kindle line, and while the 2019 version brings little change from the previous version, screen light temperature control is a very welcome feature.

Kindle Oasis 2019

Now, if we take the cost-benefit factor into account, the story changes. The 8 GB Kindle Oasis comes out for $ 1,149; the 32 GB version for $ 1,299 (official values). These are high amounts for a digital book reader, so the choice should be well thought out. Here are some scenarios that can help you with this:

I have a first or second generation Kindle Oasis. If it works well, there is no reason to trade unless you want the benefit of climate control and can sell your unit for a good price.

I have a basic Kindle or Paperwhite. I have a second generation Paperwhite (the unit shown in the picture above) and I will stick with it. In my opinion, Kindle Oasis is only worth it for those who read a lot, something from one or more books a week (I read one a month and look there). Even for those who have this profile, a Paperwhite does the job.

Looking for my first Kindle. Do you read books assiduously and have money for it? If the answer is yes to both questions, the new Kindle Oasis may be of interest to you. Otherwise, a cheaper model will not let you down.

I want water protection. Well, Oasis has water protection (up to 60 minutes deep up to 2 m in fresh water), but the latest Paperwhite as well. If that’s the only criterion, Paperwhite is more business.

Remember that the basic Kindle 2019 brings LED backlight and costs $ 349. But the Kindle Paperwhite costs from R $ 499. These are the official values. It is not uncommon for Amazon to make them available at significant discounts.

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