Product: Amazon’s Kindle Oasis
Where to Buy: Amazon.com
Weight: 4.6 oz
Warranty: Comes with 1 year with additional 1, 2, 3 years options
Kindle Oasis Product Overview
Amazon’s New Kindle Oasis is a complete redesign with a strong glass cover and electroplating that allows for a tough lightweight frame. It is the thinnest, 5.6″ x 4.8″ x 0.13-0.33″, and lightest, 4.6oz, kindle ever. The Oasis has a longer battery life too, charges in less than 3 hours with a computer USB cable and the charge can last up to eight weeks depending on light and wireless usage.
Moreover, Oasis has a new tapered ergonomic handgrip that allows one-handed (left or right) reading and a page turning button built right into the handgrip. The touchscreen display function also allows page turning. Another feature is the 10 built-in adjustable LEDs upgrade that controls screen brightness for reading in any light and making adjustments allows focusing light on the display permitting comfortable reading for hours without eyestrain. The adjustment feature means you never have to worry about light shining in your eyes. Also enjoy 300 pixels per inch (PPI) for the highest-resolution that enhances page consistency for an almost laser quality text. PPI are measurements of the pixel density (resolution) of an electronic image device, such as a computer display. As with all Kindles, the six inch glare free screen allows quality reading just like a paper book even in direct sunlight.
Build Your Own Library
The 4GB Oasis storage capacity holds thousands of titles and with free storage Amazon automatically backs up your entire library free in the cloud, so you never worry about losing books. These books can be re-downloaded wirelessly anytime for free. Download millions of books, newspapers, magazines, and Kindle Singles, and then organize your library into collections or categories to easily access any book. It’s even easier to find what you are looking for by combining and previewing your Library, Goodreads, and the Kindle Store on the same page. Amazon also offers a free Kindle application for downloading to a smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac for reading when you don’t have your Kindle. Furthermore, the Kindle can be used for more than reading; word documents and PDFs can be emailed to read in the Kindle format. As an added benefit, Amazon’s Whispersync technology remembers where you left off in a book, so you can seamlessly switch between your Kindle and the Kindle applcation on your other devices without losing your place. For those who are multilingual, all Kindles allow reading in other languages.
How Kindle is Helping and Protecting Kids
Through Kindle Free Time Unlimited, kids read as much as they want choosing from over one million titles and thousands of audiobooks. Included is access to hundreds of hand-picked chapter books and early readers, all curated for age-appropriateness, so parents don’t have to guess what their kids are reading. More importantly through parental controls, parents have the peace of mind knowing their kids won’t access inappropriate content or websites, or accidentally make purchases at the Kindle Store; and social sharing can be disabled. Kindle Free Time Unlimited is available for free 30 day trial, after that take advantage of it for $2.99 per month.
Word Wise is a Kindle feature that makes it easier to quickly understand more challenging words, enhancing the reading experience. The child merely taps a word on the screen to automatically bring up a short and simple definition and synonym on difficult words, so they can keep reading with fewer interruptions. When kids look up words on Kindle, they are automatically added to the Vocabulary Builder on the device. With Vocabulary Builder, they can use flashcards to learn the definitions and usage of words.
Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + free 3G
As with previous Kindle e-readers with Wi-Fi + free 3G, the Oasis is fully wireless. Kindle e-readers with Wi-Fi is a great choice if you already have high-speed internet connectivity in your home. Merely take it out of the box, and you are ready to shop, purchase and read; new and archived items are just a connection away. In fact, connect easily to free AT&T Wi-Fi throughout the U.S. If you do not have Wi-Fi set up, Oasis also has a 3G option.
The convenience of 3G also enables you to download books anytime and anywhere. Oasis utilizes Amazon’s Whispernet to provide wireless coverage via AT&T’s high-speed data network in the U.S. Plus, this 3G connectivity lets you download books in over 100 countries and territories anytime and anywhere. The Oasis free 3G connectivity uses the same wireless signals that cell phones use without fees or commitments. Amazon pays for this wireless connectivity. One note for customers traveling abroad, a Wi-Fi connection can be used to download books to a computer then transfer them to the Kindle using a USB.
Overall, the Oasis is an extremely versatile e-reader for adults and children. It comes with a user’s guide and one year limited warranty with optional upgrades to additional 1, 2 or 3 year extended warranties. For Amazon Prime members read free with unlimited access to over a thousand titles, magazines and mores. Prime unlimited access also includes smart phones, tablets and computers usage. However, the Oasis is pricier than most other e-readers, starting at $289.99. I hope you found the review beneficial, and if you have any questions or have your own review please leave it in the comments below. Lastly, if you are looking for a less expensive option, then try one of the following:
Kindle Kindle PaperWhite Kindle Voyager $59.99 $99.99 $179.99