Amazon Kindle Oasis 10th Gen review: New frontlight with adjustable cool to warm colour temperature
This is Amazon's most premium Kindle.
Price: Rs 21,999 (8GB, WiFi) | Rs 24,999 (32GB, WiFi) | Rs 28,999 (32GB, WiFi + 4G)
Specifications: 7-inch glare-free e-ink touch display (300ppi, 16-level gray scale), physical page turn buttons, 8 or 32GB storage (non-expandable), free cloud storage for Amazon books, WiFI b/g/n, microUSB port, 3.4 to 8.3mm thick, IPX8, 194 grams
Pros: Amazing adjustable light (warm to cool, 18 levels of brightness), asymmetrical design for easy grip, screen sits flush with the device, faster & more responsive operation, IPX8 waterproof, laser print quality text, long battery life (4 to 6 weeks)
Cons: Expensive for a Kindle (the Paperwhite is good enough for most people), no Audible (audio book) support in India
Oasis is Amazon’s top-end Kindle – designed for the voracious reader who will not let anything come in the way of his/her books. Like with any Kindle, you can store thousands of books in the internal memory but you also get free cloud storage for any content purchased through Amazon. It also supports multiple formats of e-books plus TXT and PDF files.
What sets the Oasis apart is the unique asymmetrical (metal unibody) design, water resistance and high resolution touchscreen. But this is the 10th generation Oasis and with it comes a new kind of light. Amazon calls it an adjustable warm frontlight. This means you can not only adjust brightness (or enable auto brightness) but you can also switch between cool white to warm amber tones. Unlike the Paperwhite which uses 5 white LEDs to light up your page, this Oasis uses 25 adjustable LEDs. The result is light that’s a lot more even across the entire screen. The warm lighting is a lot easier on the eyes, especially at night. Plus, it can get really dim – providing enough light to read comfortably without affecting your circadian rhythms or your sleeping partner. If you mostly read at night, this warm lighting is reason enough to get the Oasis.
The asymmetrical design is easier to hold in left or right hand – no matter how you hold it, the screen automatically switches orientation thanks to the built in accelerometer. The physical page turn buttons exist to make it easier for you to read using one hand only. Of course, the touchscreen does the job too. The IPX8 rating roughly translates into 2metre depth for up to 60minutes (under standard test conditions). Jargon aside, you can safely use it at the pool, at the beach or in the tub without worrying about splash damage.
Our review unit was the 32GB 4G version. You can store thousands of books on it and the 4G access is free for the lifetime of the device, anywhere in the world. Battery life depends on what brightness you keep the screen at but it maxes out at about 6 weeks with 30 minutes of reading a day at low brightness with 4G off. Realistically, you can expect to charge it once every 3 to 4 weeks. Our only gripe with the Oasis is that it is unabashedly expensive and that there’s such a significant price gap between the Paperwhite (Rs 12,999) and the Oasis. However, if you need the best e-book reader there is, with all the bells and whistles, there’s really no contest.