The Kindle Oasis (2019) is a refresh of Amazon’s top-of-the-line ebook reader, that was last updated in 2017. The Kindle Oasis is expensive nonetheless it includes a number of features that the favorite Paperwhite doesn’t – auto-brightness, a fresh Warmth feature that cuts blue light from the display, auto-rotation, and dedicated page-turn buttons. Additionally you get more LEDs in leading light for an improved reading experience in dark rooms. May be the new Kindle Oasis worth the premium that it demands as a halo product, or are you better off purchasing the Paperwhite at practically half the purchase price? Let’s find out.

The Kindle Oasis (2019) retains its predecessor’s large 7-inch display nonetheless it now has 25 LEDs in its front light, instead of 12 in the Kindle Oasis (2017). We didn’t have any problems with leading light of the older model and we haven’t any now. The true improvement is in the auto-brightness adjustment. On the 2017 model, auto-brightness was aggressive to the idea to be distracting. That’s changed with the Kindle Oasis (2019).

These times, Amazon has nailed the auto-brightness algorithm. It’s miles less sensitive and adjusts screen brightness only once necessary. This feature finally works since it should. The other notable display feature is named Warmth. This is pretty similar to Night Sight, which we’ve seen on iPhones, iPads, and Macs, and the night time Modes on a great many other devices. It cuts out blue light and provides the screen a yellowish tiny. That is claimed to lessen eye strain and has been reported to greatly help persons sleep better.

You can set the amount of Warmth easily – the slider is right below the brightness setting. You may also schedule Warmth in order that it really is automatically activated for several hours of your day. We do almost all of our Kindle reading in brightly lit places and during our commutes, so we rarely used this feature. However, in the event that you read books prior to going to sleep, you’ll more than likely appreciate this feature.

Kindle Oasis 2019 includes a ridge at the trunk, which is convenient for one-handed use

We’ve no major complaints about the display of the Kindle Oasis (2019). Our only minor quibble is that despite the fact that the screen isn’t very reflective, it can reflect just a little light which could annoy persons around you. Once throughout a train journey, the Oasis (2019) reflected a small amount of sunlight onto a co-passenger’s face – similar to the glare from a wristwatch – plus they asked us to go it just a little. To reiterate, that is an extremely minor complaint and is unlikely to affect a lot of people.

These devices has dimensions similar to those of its predecessor. There are thick borders on all sides of the screen, with one side being truly a lot thicker compared to the others. This is to support the page-turn buttons and a ridge which allows you to grip these devices with one hand. We still find the Oasis somewhat too bulky, though.

The page-turn buttons work fairly well, but on a tiny number of occasions we’d to press a button twice to help make the page turn. We faced this problem very rarely and weren’t in a position to reproduce it on demand. The Oasis was created to be held with one hand when reading, and its own auto-rotate feature is fantastic if you wish to make make use of it in either hand but still utilize the ridge for grip. This feature was within the prior Oasis too and it works equally well. Another feature carried over from the old Oasis is its IPx8 rating for water resistance. That is an excellent feature, but it is also on the Kindle Paperwhite now.

There’s a power button at the very top and a Micro-USB port in the bottom. Some might wish that Amazon had moved to the newer USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers. This may irk you if your other devices all will have Type-C ports and you intend to reduce cable clutter.

Reading for extended hours on the Kindle Oasis (2019) really was comfortable and we felt no eye strain whatsoever. The reading experience is definitely very good on Amazon’s top-end Kindle line, and it remains that way. Selecting fonts is bound to nine options but we just like the default Bookerly quite somewhat and didn’t feel any have to change it. We’ve no complaints about the Kindle Oasis (2019)’s battery life either – a complete charge lasted us more than fourteen days with around one hour of reading each day.

Kindle Oasis still uses the ancient Micro-USB port

The Kindle Oasis (2019) supports audiobooks via Amazon’s Audible service in america, but this feature isn’t available on these devices in India. This is pretty puzzling, especially due to the fact Audible has launched here. Another complaint we’ve with all Kindle devices is their insufficient support for the EPUB ebook format. That is possibly the most popular extendable for ebooks beyond your Amazon ecosystem, but porting these files to a Kindle still requires converting them to MOBI or AZW files using programs such as for example Calibre.

Amazon’s Kindle ecosystem includes a suprisingly low entry barrier now, which is good. Several books are available within Prime Reading (part of the Amazon Prime subscription) to truly get you started, and much more are available for significantly less than Rs. 200 each, which compares favourably against printed books.

The Kindle Oasis (2019) comes in two variants – 8GB Wi-Fi only (Rs. 21,999), and 32GB Wi-Fi + Free 4G (Rs. 24,999). We’d the 4G variant for review and yes, it can have free 4G so that you can purchase and download books on the run on your Kindle. Due to the fact audiobook support isn’t on either variant in India, we think it creates little sense to pay the premium for 4G connectivity alone, because the extra space for storage is unlikely to create much of a notable difference. Books are barely 5MB each so 8GB is plenty of for all you could want to store on a Kindle and some.

The device is wonderful for reading, but it is absolutely hard to justify these prices in a global where in fact the Kindle Paperwhite has the vast majority of the Oasis’ must-have features. If affordability is important, we will need to turn you towards the Kindle Paperwhite or the Kindle (10th Gen). However, if you wish the most feature-loaded ebook reader obtainable in India and the purchase price isn’t a problem, then your Kindle Oasis (2019) may be the one for you.

Pros

Excellent display
IPx8 waterproof
Dedicated page-turn buttons
Good battery life
Cons

Bulky
Expensive