How Amazon's New Kindle Oasis Stacks up to Its Competitors

Above Kindle Oasis New vs. Old Image Credit Paul Sawers  VentureBeat

Yes, Amazon has just announced a new Kindle e-reader, just a week or so after releasing a whole new family of Alexa-enabled home control units.

The newest member of the Kindle family is the first to come with water resistance, as we mentioned above.

Whereas the original Kindle Oasis was able to boast a staggering 9 week battery life with its charging case attached, the new one achieves a still extremely impressive 7 weeks and manages it without a special battery-pack case.

Readers have been requesting a waterproof Kindle for years. It's also bumped up the number of LED backlights from 10 to 12, which should make for a clearer reading experience, and there's now an ambient light sensor that can adjust the screen brightness to your environment. Users can use the touchscreen to torn pages or the dedicted page-turning buttons.

The Nook GlowLight Plus packs a sleek aluminum design, six weeks of battery life and a 6-inch screen for just $129.99.

Though some earlier versions of the Kindle supported audiobook playback, replete with built-in speakers and headphone jacks, you certainly couldn't flip effortlessly between a text-based book and the audio counterpart of that same book without switching to the Kindle or Audible mobile apps. The 32GB version will also be available with a 3G connection for [$280], which can be used within more than 100 countries.

Despite the increase in size, though, 2017's Oasis remains ridiculously light at 194g - 10g lighter than the lightest Kindle Paperwhite - and tapers to a super-slim 3.4mm at its thinnest point.

"The all-new Kindle Oasis is our most advanced Kindle ever". Amazon declined to say how it waterproofed the Kindle, but since it still has an open USB port for charging, it's recommending that people stand the Kindle upright after it's been submerged. And as I mentioned above, the new Oasis is also waterproof with an IPX8 rating. Otherwise, the New Kindle Oasis is the best all-around option. (Calling last year's model Oasis when it wasn't waterproofed, or even water-resistantis nearly insulting to Amazon's customers.) The new e-reader has been tested in two meters of water for up to 60 minutes.

The Oasis also features either 8GB or 32GB of storage, and Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and optional cellular connectivity. Storage starts at 8 GB and goes all the way up to 32 GB, if you need that much. Amazon also says that software updates has made its page turn animations much faster, which will be good for voracious and slightly-impatient readers.

Amazon's new Kindle Oasis is available to pre-order from today starting at $249.99 for the 8GB model.

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