It’s super comfortable to hold and has a built-in battery on one side that feels nicely balanced.
Even though the screen is bigger, it still has the same 300ppi resolution.
Unlike last year’s Kindle Oasis, which used a magnetic case you attached to the e-reader to extend its battery life, the new Oasis relies entirely on its built-in battery. The $249.99 second-generation Oasis is also less expensive than its predecessor, which was priced at $289.99 when it launched a year ago.
The screen on the forthcoming Oasis is the largest and brightest of any Kindle to date.
Enlarge / The new Kindle Oasis has an aluminum back.
What’s different about the design of the new Oasis is the finish.
The larger frame makes it slightly heavier – 194 grams, compared to its predecessor’s 131 grams.
The design on the rear is similar to the previous Kindle Oasis, with one end thinner than the other, and the thicker end is meant to sit in your fingertips to offer good grip. Check back soon for our full review to see our final verdict on the new Kindle from Amazon.
The retail giant unveiled its revamped Kindle Oasis on Wednesday that’s cheaper than the previous version, is waterproof, and has a bigger display. Amazon’s definition of this is (the 8 designation is a bit of a moving feast, and typically defined by the standards body in agreement with the manufacturer) that it’ll survive complete immersion in up to 2m of water for 60 minutes.
In terms of battery, Amazon estimates it should last for up to six weeks from a single charge depending on how much you use it. And yet Amazon has also reduced the price. It’s launching with support for Audible audiobooks. If you own both the book and audiobook you can now cleverly switch between the two without losing your spot.
All of this comes with the usual Kindle store and software.
Cleverly too, if you own the same title on both Kindle and Audible, the device will sync the two up – meaning that you can read some parts and listen to others.
Amazon also included a few helpful accessibility features in the new Oasis. There’s also support for flipping things so that you get white text on a black background.
The £230 device gets a price cut from the £270 of last year’s Kindle Oasis, but is still significantly more expensive than the company’s other Kindles, which cost £60 and £110. (Those options will eventually appear on older Kindles.) And typography nerds will likely appreciate the new ragged right alignment, which displays text similar to printed books. I certainly didn’t expect it to update it for some time to come. And it just got better, with a larger screen and waterproofing for bath-time reading. It offers 300 pixels per inch, which means text is always sharp and easy to read. It’s nice to look at but feels a touch slippery. Speaking of which, the Oasis’s page turning is incredibly fast. Pricing starts at $250 for the 8GB model and $280 for a 32GB incarnation.
Kindle Oasis 2 vs Oasis: Should you upgrade? Keep your eyes peeled for the full review, which I’ll be posting in the coming weeks.
If there’s one feature Amazon’s range of e-readers has been in desperate need of over the years, it’s waterproofing.