If the Kindle is the Mercedes of e-readers, then the Oasis is a Maybach. Full of smart, reader-friendly touches as well as practical improvements to its construction, the Oasis earns its luxury reputation. But of course along with top-of-the-line features comes a top-of-the-line price tag, and with the newest version of the Paperwhite making big technological advances as well, the question for many is how does the Oasis justify its price? For a breakdown of the Oasis's unique features and how it all compares to the Kindle and the Paperwhite 4, read on!
Here are the features that set the Oasis apart from the classic Kindle models.
The most obvious difference between the Oasis and other Kindles is the unique look of the casing. The Oasis has a thin display surface, with a thicker, slightly heavier handle area on one side. This gives the Oasis a sturdy and ergonomic feel that shifts the center of gravity to the palm of the reader's hand, mimicking the casual one-handed reading experience of a paperback book. No need to use your other hand to turn pages either—you can use the touch display or just as easily use your thumb to click the page turn buttons. Lefty or righty, you can use whichever hand you like, as the page orientation automatically rotates to match.
One of the most important measurements when looking at a device's readability is the screen's pixels per inch, or ppi. The basic Kindle clocks in at 167 ppi, but the Oasis squeezes in a whopping 300 ppi, or almost 80% more pixels. The newest Paperwhite has an identical ppi, but the Oasis's screen is 1 inch larger, clocking in at a roomy 7".
Lightweight, easy to use, and versatile, e-readers would seem to be a natural match for relaxing by the pool or in the bath. The catch has always been that electronic devices and water don't really go well together. But the Oasis is waterproof! The International Electrotechnical Commission has rated the Oasis able to withstand immersion in up to 2 meters (6.5 feet) of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.
The Oasis comes with 8 GB of storage standard—twice that of the Kindle or Paperwhite 3. Need more capacity? You can upgrade to the 32 GB model instead, which comes in handy if download a lot of bigger files like audiobooks. Speaking of which …
You can now pair the new Oasis with Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones to use the Audible service for audiobooks. The best part is that the device keeps track of where you are in the book, so you can switch seamlessly between reading and listening to your story without missing a beat.
Both the Paperwhite and Oasis improve on the basic Kindle by having energy-conserving LEDs that allow you to read in the dark. However the Oasis sets itself apart by more than doubling the number of lights of the Paperwhite, giving the screen a more even light distribution and a superior reading experience. The Oasis also has an adaptive light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the display based on the surroundings.
When you buy, there's an option to upgrade for cellular connectivity, which means you no longer need to be on a wifi network to browse for and download books. As long as you're in a place that gets a good cellular signal, chances are you can access and use the Kindle Store. The best part is that while you're browsing for books from the beach, Amazon pays for the connectivity. No surprise phone bill for your Oasis!
Resolution / Screen Size
|167 ppi / 6" screen||300 ppi / 6" screen||300 ppi / 7" screen|
|No||Yes: 5 LEDs||Yes: 12 LEDs + adaptive light sensor|
|Audible||Yes: when paired with Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones||Yes: when paired with Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones||Yes: when paired with Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones|
|4 GB||8 GB or 32 GB||8 GB or 32 GB|
|Connectivity||WiFi||WiFi or WiFi + Free Cellular Connectivity||WiFi or WiFi + Free Cellular Connectivity|