Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017)

The Good The new Kindle Oasis maintains its slim design while adding a sturdier aluminum back and a larger 7-inch, high-resolution E Ink screen. It's fully waterproof (can be submerged) and can play your Audible audiobooks to Bluetooth headphones or speakers. Integrated light is brighter at its highest setting.

The Bad Expensive; no case included.

The Bottom Line While not as lightweight as the original Kindle Oasis, the larger screen, more durable aluminum chassis and full waterproofing are important upgrades that put the new Oasis at the top of the e-reader class.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Ecosystem 10.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 9.0
9.0 Overall

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Review

The ultimate e-reader is now waterproof

When Amazon released its original Kindle Oasis e-reader in 2016, I was pretty impressed. It was really thin and lightweight and featured a top-of-the-line E Ink screen. It also came with a slick, removable leather cover that had a built-in battery. The only downside? It cost a whopping $290 or £270 in the UK or AU$449 in Australia.

Enter the "all-new" Kindle Oasis, 2017 edition. The first fully waterproof Kindle, it features a larger 7-inch E Ink display, a very slim design and an aluminum back. It also marks the return of Audible audiobook support to the Kindle platform. And technically it costs less, starting at $250 for the model with 8GB of storage. The Oasis goes up to $350 for a 32GB model with cellular connectivity, which has all-you-can-eat data plan included in the price for content downloads during the lifetime of the device. (Note that's only for e-books; you'll still need to download audiobooks on Wi-Fi.)

The big caveat is that the new Kindle Oasis doesn't come with a case, it's an optional accessory, starting at $45. So for those of us who like to use a case (I do) the price is essentially a wash. However, despite that, the good news is you're getting more e-reader for your money. By that I mean the larger screen is appealing, the aluminum casing seems to be more durable and if you use your e-reader in the bathtub, by the pool (or maybe in the pool) or at the beach, the waterproofing is a big plus.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $350
  • Brand Amazon
  • Diagonal Size 7 in
  • Weight 6.84 oz
  • Installed Size 32 GB
  • Color Category gray
  • Technology Paperwhite
  • Supported Text Formats AZW, AZW3, DOC, DOCX, HTML, MOBI, PDF, PRC (Mobipocket), TXT
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model 32GB, 3G/4G

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