Kindle Oasis (2017) review

8.7/10 AVG.
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8.7/10
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Verdict

The Kindle Oasis (2017) might be expensive, but its large display, waterproofing, and performance make it a must-buy for those looking for a premium e-reading experience.

What's good

  • Large display allows for 30 percent more on-screen text
  • Excellent battery life
  • Waterproof
  • Ergonomic design
  • More accessibility options

What's bad

  • Expensive
  • No integrated speaker
  • Can not read a book and listen to an audiobook at the same time

Whereas the smartphone and tablet world continues to see rapid changes in specs, designs, and features, Amazon continues to make subtle tweaks to their e-reader line up. The Kindle Oasis (2017) might not seem like a huge improvement over the original, but it includes several refinements. 

The 2017 Oasis takes design cues from the original with its asymmetric design. It packs the internal components into a thick portion on one side of the device and then tapers down to only 3.4mm on the other side. While it takes getting used to, this design offers good balance in the hand regardless of which hand you hold it in.

At 194 grams, the Oasis 2017 is lighter than the Paperwhite, making it easy to use for long amounts of time. While it’s not small enough to fit into your pockets, it can slip into a bag, purse or laptop bag without taking up too much room.

As always, the Kindle offers an E-ink screen. This time, however, Amazon has bumped the size up to 7-inches and increased pixel density to 300ppi. 

It’s sharp and, thanks to the extra one inch, can hold up to 30 percent more text than its predecessor. And there’s also 12 LEDs, which provide fairly even backlighting.

It seems like Amazon has taken people’s complaints to heart -- not just with a larger screen but also by including waterproofing. 

That’s right, the Oasis (2017) is waterproof up to six feet for up to an hour. With that said, getting the touch screen wet can trigger some unexpected touch responses. So, it’s best to use the physical turn buttons if you want to read in the tub.

Amazon also added some new accessibility features -- such as inverting the text and background colors. These features are also great for people worried about how late-night reading might affect sleep or those with light sensitivity. In addition, it comes with 10 different fonts instead of 8 plus different bold settings.

Performance-wise, you won’t notice much of a difference from the previous release. That’s not a bad thing -- the Oasis is one of the faster e-readers on the market. Still, experts noticed slightly faster e-ink refresh rates compared to the original. 

They were also happy to note the battery life lasted them much longer than its predecessor. While Amazon touts around 6 weeks of use, reviewers claim the results will vary -- especially when listening to audiobooks.

Speaking of audiobooks, the Oasis does not have internal speakers, which means you will have to connect Bluetooth headphones if you plan on listening. Unfortunately, you cannot have the book open and listen to the audio at the same time.

This brings us to the biggest drawback to the device -- its price. 

It is the most expensive mainstream e-reader. While Amazon dominates the e-reader market, other companies like Kobo have offered the same features for some time and at a lower price. 

With that said, the ease of purchasing e-books from Amazon is one reason the Kindle remains the giant it is today.

While it might not be cheap, critics highly recommend the Oasis 2017 for those who want a bigger screen and waterproofing. PC Magazine states, “It’s lighter, more ergonomic, waterproof and less expensive than the previous Oasis... That makes it our Editors’ Choice on the higher end.” Engadget adds, “... it's the best e-reader option on the market…”


Screen Size
7"
Storage
8/32 GB
3G
Yes
Reading Time
-


What the Critics Are Saying...


Pocket-lint

While we struggled to recommend the old version in light of the sturdy performance of the Paperwhite, we'd happily vouch for the new Kindle Oasis. It's bigger, it's better, it's waterproof. It's the best Kindle yet.

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint
Android Central

The Kindle Oasis is the most feature-rich e-reader available today. The screen is larger, it has automatically-adjusting backlighting, and you can take it to the pool. If you're not daunted by the asking price, the Kindle Oasis is the e-reader to get in 2018.

- Harish Jonnalagadda, Android Central
Firstpost

Amazon Kindle Oasis is easily the best iteration of the Kindle out there. The idea to go with a larger display size is quite interesting and you get a lot more text per page as compared to the older Kindles. The Oasis is well-built and the water resistance feature will be liked by a lot of readers w...

- Nimish Sawant, Firstpost
Fone Arena

It comes with a better design, offers long battery life without any cover and is waterproof. If you need a waterproof e-reader and can spend a premium just to read books, go for it, otherwise there are a lot of cheaper Kindles, including the 2015 Paperwhite that is available at half the cost .

- Srivatsan Sridhar, Fone Arena
Mobile Syrup

Once again, Kindle has managed to create the Rolls Royce of e-readers. Whether it’s worth the price tag is ultimately a personal choice but one thing I can attest: it’s the best e-reading experience I’ve had to date.

- Rose Behar, Mobile Syrup


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Screen Size
7"

The Kindle Oasis (2017)'s screen size is 7 inches with 1264 x 1680 pixels resolution.

Backlight
Yes

There is a built-in backlight for reading in the dark.

Storage
8/32 GB

Internal memory is 8/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

3G
Yes

You can download a new book no matter where you are using the onboard 3G wireless.

Reading Time
-

The e-reader is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery.

Kindle Oasis (2017) Specs

Overview
Release date October 31, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Yes
Operating System Custom
Processor NXP i.MX7D Dual core 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/32 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
Flightmode Yes
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity Unknown
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Graphite, Champagne Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.9 x 14.1 x 0.8 cm (6.3 x 5.6 x 0.3 in)
Weight 194 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating Unknown
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution 1264 x 1680 pixels
Pixel density 300 pixels
Size 7 inches
Sensors Ambient Light
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare Unknown
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Page Turn Key Unknown
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Video Playback No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Vibration Alert No
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Critic Reviews


Pocket-lint

The most accomplished Kindle yet

from Pocket-lint

While we struggled to recommend the old version in light of the sturdy performance of the Paperwhite, we'd happily vouch for the new Kindle Oasis. It's bigger, it's better, it's waterproof. It's the best Kindle yet.

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While we struggled to recommend the old version in light of the sturdy performance of the Paperwhite, we'd happily vouch for the new Kindle Oasis. It's bigger, it's better, it's waterproof. It's the best Kindle yet.

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Android Central

The best e-reader you can buy

from Android Central

The Kindle Oasis is the most feature-rich e-reader available today. The screen is larger, it has automatically-adjusting backlighting, and you can take it to the pool. If you're not daunted by the asking price, the Kindle Oasis is the e-reader to get in 2018.

Read full review

The Kindle Oasis is the most feature-rich e-reader available today. The screen is larger, it has automatically-adjusting backlighting, and you can take it to the pool. If you're not daunted by the asking price, the Kindle Oasis is the e-reader to get in 2018.

Read full review

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Firstpost

This is the best e-reader around, but its ergonomics could have been better

from Firstpost

Amazon Kindle Oasis is easily the best iteration of the Kindle out there. The idea to go with a larger display size is quite interesting and you get a lot more text per page as compared to the older Kindles. The Oasis is well-built and the water resistance feature will be liked by a lot of readers who want to read near water bodies.

Read full review

Amazon Kindle Oasis is easily the best iteration of the Kindle out there. The idea to go with a larger display size is quite interesting and you get a lot more text per page as compared to the older Kindles. The Oasis is well-built and the water resistance feature will be liked by a lot of readers who want to read near water bodies.

Read full review

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Fone Arena

Build quality is the best without any doubt

from Fone Arena

It comes with a better design, offers long battery life without any cover and is waterproof. If you need a waterproof e-reader and can spend a premium just to read books, go for it, otherwise there are a lot of cheaper Kindles, including the 2015 Paperwhite that is available at half the cost .

Read full review

It comes with a better design, offers long battery life without any cover and is waterproof. If you need a waterproof e-reader and can spend a premium just to read books, go for it, otherwise there are a lot of cheaper Kindles, including the 2015 Paperwhite that is available at half the cost .

Read full review

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Mobile Syrup

A major improvement over its predecessor

from Mobile Syrup

Once again, Kindle has managed to create the Rolls Royce of e-readers. Whether it’s worth the price tag is ultimately a personal choice but one thing I can attest: it’s the best e-reading experience I’ve had to date.

Read full review

Once again, Kindle has managed to create the Rolls Royce of e-readers. Whether it’s worth the price tag is ultimately a personal choice but one thing I can attest: it’s the best e-reading experience I’ve had to date.

Read full review

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BGR

Best e-reader (a lot of) money can buy

from BGR

It is the most premium Kindle to date, the build quality is phenomenal, the bigger display just feels natural, and the battery life doesn’t disappoint.

Read full review

It is the most premium Kindle to date, the build quality is phenomenal, the bigger display just feels natural, and the battery life doesn’t disappoint.

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WhatsYourTech

Made for people who power through titles with regularity

from WhatsYourTech

For voracious readers, the Oasis does have it all, otherwise. The screen is great, the extra lighting helpful, the waterproof body useful. Having LTE connectivity always means a new book is a tap away, no matter where you are.

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For voracious readers, the Oasis does have it all, otherwise. The screen is great, the extra lighting helpful, the waterproof body useful. Having LTE connectivity always means a new book is a tap away, no matter where you are.

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iPhone in Canada

A beautiful e-reader that feels great in the hand

from iPhone in Canada

If you want the best and the brightest (no pun intended), and money is no object to you, the Kindle Oasis will not disappoint. The new wider display makes reading such a joy, and I can’t wait to put the Oasis to good use over the holidays.

Read full review

If you want the best and the brightest (no pun intended), and money is no object to you, the Kindle Oasis will not disappoint. The new wider display makes reading such a joy, and I can’t wait to put the Oasis to good use over the holidays.

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GSMArena

A lot of money to pay for what is just an ebook reader

It's significantly more expensive than something like the Paperwhite while not really being significantly better. If you already have a Kindle and want to upgrade or just want to get the best Kindle available, largely because you can and not because you must, then the Oasis makes sense.

Read full review

It's significantly more expensive than something like the Paperwhite while not really being significantly better. If you already have a Kindle and want to upgrade or just want to get the best Kindle available, largely because you can and not because you must, then the Oasis makes sense.

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NDTV

The best of what Amazon has to offer

from NDTV

We didn't like it as much as the original. We feel that it could have been designed better in terms of the grip and the rear texture, and the lack of a case feels like a downgrade. If the large screen and a waterproofing appeal to you, the new Kindle Oasis is a good buy.

Read full review

We didn't like it as much as the original. We feel that it could have been designed better in terms of the grip and the rear texture, and the lack of a case feels like a downgrade. If the large screen and a waterproofing appeal to you, the new Kindle Oasis is a good buy.

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