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CNET First Look
Amazon Kindle Oasis hands-on: This is the best-looking and most expensive Kindle yetA luxury e-reader if there ever was one, the new top-of-the-line Kindle weighs a mere 4.6 ounces and includes a swanky battery cover that delivers months of battery life.
The Kindle Oasis is Amazon's thinnest and lightest Kindle e-reader ever, measuring 3.4 mm at it's slimmest point, and weighing just 4.3 oz, making it 20% lighter than any other Kindle. It's also the first Kindle to include a protective carrying case It's a swanky leather one that integrates a back up battery, no less. But all the design awesomeness comes at the rather lofty price of $290. In redesigning the Kindle, Amazon moved the battery and electronics to an ergonomic hump on the back side of the device. It allows you to hold the e-reader comfortably in your hand, it shifts the weight of the device so it's better balanced for reading and feels more like you're holding a book with a spine. The other significant change is to the lighting scheme, The built in front light has 60% more LED's, and they're embedded in the side of the display, not the bottom. The result is a brighter light displays a little bit more uniformly across the screen. The other updates are smaller, the text on the touchscreen [UNKNOWN] looks very close to what you get from step-down Kindles. There's the same sharp 300 PPI resolution and similar contrast. Alas, the device isn't waterproof which isn't a huge deal but given the device's name and it's price point some people might expect that feature You can turn pages by touching the screen or press the physical page turn buttons on the side of the device. It's also worth noting that you can hold the device in your left or your right hand while reading. Thanks to a built in accelerometers the screen automatically rotates the page and page turn buttons to match what hand you have the device in. The case is pretty slim but it obviously adds some weight to the e-reader, it adheres magnetically and easy to remove and slip back on, so you can easily take it off when you don't need the extra protection. Amazon doesn't give exact battery life numbers, but if you leave the cover on, Amazon says the battery life jumps from several days to months It all adds up to the nicest Kindle E-Ink reader that Amazon has ever produced. That said it's high price puts into luxury territory and will primarily appeal to Kindle devotees who don't mind paying extra to have the slimmest, lightest Kindle avaible. I'm David Carnoy, thanks for watching. [MUSIC]