Amazon's new Kindle Oasis gives you the ultimate e-reading experience

Pablo Tucker
October 11, 2017

All are available for pre-order today and ship on October 31. It also connects over both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE.

The expanded memory options are created to support Audible, as this new Oasis also supports the audiobook format.

The new Oasis has an aluminium rear, and Amazon says its display is protected by "our strongest cover glass".

It means you have the most comprehensive store to buy from, plus you can use services such as Kindle Unlimited or, if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, Prime Reading.

The device, an updated version of the Kindle Oasis, has a faster 4G wireless connection, six-week battery life, and a brighter 7-inch screen, slightly larger than the previous model.

The new device also features a 7 inch display and fast charging capabilities, meaning it can be charged to 100 per cent from zero in less than two hours, the company says. That said, don't expect the new device to last quite as long on its own as a more basic Kindle.

The design is very much as laid down by the original Oasis, with a slim body behind the display and a pronounced bulge at one side, housing all the brains and the battery. The shape is smoother than on the old Oasis, while the weight comes in at 194 grams; it's nicely balanced to sit in your hand. The case also doesn't have a battery in it anymore. Amazon will sell water-safe covers that start at $44.99 and leather covers at $59.99.

There's plenty to like about the new Kindle Oasis, with its abundance of new features.

It's black and white unlike the reading experience you'll get on normal tablets, but it's a great display that beats most of the competition out there, and of course it has a built-in light, like most Amazon ereaders. We'll test the new Kindle Oasis to see if it can better justify its asking price later this month.

Unlike its predecessor, the Kindle Oasis (2017) also works with Audible titles.

You can use the all-new Kindle Oasis in the bath or by the pool without worrying about dropping it in, which is a huge improvement over all other models. Now, Amazon can boast that its IPX8-grade waterproof ereader can be submerged in two meters of fresh water for an hour, which should go some way toward placating Kindle fans.

There's no 3.5mm headphone jack, which means you won't be able to listen to audiobooks with wired headphones and that will be a bit of a shame for some people. The Kindle Oasis will have Audible support (via an OTA update) so you can listen to audio books with Bluetooth headphones or via the speaker.

Audible audiobook support has also, finally, arrived.

Now, don't get me wrong; £229 is still a lot of money to pay for an e-reader when the Kindle Paperwhite does much the same job for less than half as much. We're glad you asked...

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