The Kindle Oasis 2 released in 2017 as Amazon’s premium e-reader. At the time of launch, the Kindle Oasis 2 was the only Kindle device to feature waterproofing. Since then the Kindle Paperwhite 4 has bridged the gap closer by incorporating that same feature. This has made redundant one of the key features that made the Kindle Oasis 2 unique amongst the rest of the line-up.
The Kindle Oasis 2 is a premium device though it does come at a premium price. For most, it’s too expensive to even consider such extravagance. An e-Reader is more convenient, portable and capable of storing bundles of books compared to a single heavy printed book. The Kindle Oasis 2 differs from other Kindle products in that it’s not so portable. It doesn’t fit into a pocket (though neither does an actual book). This is due to the added page-turning buttons. It’s shaped squarely compared to the rectangular design of the other Kindle devices. The portability element is vastly diminished.
This is a Kindle for enthusiast readers. Those that carry gadgets in a bag and not thrust into a convenient pocket. At £229.99 for the 8GB model and £259.99 for the 32GB version, the price is expensive and not proportionate to the rest of the Kindle products. It’s twice as expensive as the similarly specced Kindle Paperwhite 4 which is available for a mere £119.99. The Kindle Oasis 2 with its aluminium casing and glass screen, will require a case to protect such a valuable product. This further increases the already expensive cost.
Quality and indulgence ooze from the Kindle Oasis 2. Opening the box and revealing itself for the first time is really enthralling. It’s smaller than expected which just made it more practical in reality. The aluminium rear with the protruding bulge as a handle is comfortable and elegant. Quite frankly the Kindle Oasis 2 elevates itself beyond a simple e-reader. It can sit proudly amongst other premium gadgets such as iPads and not seem out of place.
At first glance, the 7″ screen is obviously bigger than other models but the difference is only the more startling when using it for the first time. Switching between the smaller 6″ Paperwhite and budget Kindle isn’t without reticence. There’s 30% more text on screen compared to the 6″ Kindles. That’s less page-turning with uninterrupted reading. It’s that typical adage, once you’ve experienced the best there’s no going back. With the Kindle Oasis 2 that is absolutely true. It’s unnecessarily brilliant. The only function is to read and purchase digital books. Yet it’s beauty far exceeds its use.
The flat panel glass screen is clear and precise with crystal clear text. It’s responsive to touch with immediate feedback. There’s no delay in response, unlike the cheaper models. The page-turning buttons to the side of the screen are simple and basic with only a short travel distance between presses.
The Kindle Oasis 2 uses the same UI as other models, so anyone that has used a recent Kindle Model will feel at ease with its functions. The Kindle Oasis 2 is the first Kindle device to use a dual-core CPU which provides instant responses to typing and navigation. Definitely a step-up from the Paperwhite model. A downside is that the Kindle Oasis 2 only has a 1,000mAh battery. Considering the extra power/performance this is detrimental to battery duration. I haven’t used mine for long periods but have read numerous complaints of other users experiencing poor battery life. In comparison, the Kindle Paperwhite 4 has a 1,500mAh battery. That’s a 50% decrease for the Kindle Oasis 2 at double the price!
With its IPX8 rated waterproofing, the Kindle Oasis 2 is splash-proof for those moments reading by the pool, beach, bath and rainy days outdoors. Water-resistant up to 2 meters for 60 minutes. That’s plenty of time to get the Kindle device out of the water and dried.
The Kindle Oasis 2 is an impressive device with its premium design and materials. The aluminium body and glass panel screen is a dream to hold and use. It’s difficult to justify the price when it’s not really portable for spontaneous reading on the go. The Kindle Paperwhite 4 shares similar features at half the price and much more portable. The reduced battery life will scar some and just alienates the Kindle Oasis 2 from what it fundamentally is – a device to read books. If it can’t sustain prolonged reading for extended periods then it’s beauty far exceeds its use. For some the practicality of using buttons along with a larger screen and premium body warrants a purchase. For most though, it’s not practical, inferior to the Paperwhites better battery capacity, cheaper price, and smaller form-factor.
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