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Kindle Oasis 2 vs Oasis: What's new in the 2017 model?

Kindle Oasis 2 vs Oasis: What's new in the 2017 model?

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 biggest issue with the original Kindle Oasis was that it didn't have many exclusive features that warranted the price. Amazon appears to have slimmed down the bezels while giving the new Kindle Oasis a slightly larger frame. As well as battery life measured in "weeks, not hours" - Amazon's words - the Oasis has fast-charging to refill its battery in just two hours.

Waterproofing is one feature Kindle fans have been asking for for years, leading to the creation of several business dedicated to custom-waterproofing the devices. The less expensive Kindle Voyage had an ambient light sensor, but it was oddly missing on the 1st-gen Oasis - Amazon has rectified that here, adding twin sensors that automatically raise and lower the light brightness to suit your surroundings.

The Kobo Aura H2O has numerous Oasis' features for less: It's waterproof, about 7 inches, has an adaptive backlight, long battery life, and costs $179. Gone are the physical keyboard and headphone jack (see below), and here are Bluetooth, deep Audible integration, and adaptive lighting. The only problem is that the New Kindle Oasis doesn't have a headphone hack or even USB-C (which supports audio output).

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Weighing in at 194 grams and 3.4mm thick, the refreshed Kindle Oasis sports a 7-inch display - one inch larger than its predecessor.

Last year, Amazon added a premium eBook Reader to its Kindle lineup with the Oasis. If you want a big screen above all else try the Kobo Aura One. It's IPX8 rating certified which essentially means it can withstand submerging "in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes", and can survive being splashed at. Otherwise, the New Kindle Oasis is the best all-around option. Despite making several improvements to Kindles over the years, Amazon never really made them "waterproof". The $249.99 edition comes with 8GB of storage, but you can bump this up to 32GB for an additional $30 if you need more room to store magazines, comics, newspapers and audiobooks. Barnes & Noble's Nook business is dead, and Kobo has never been able to get real traction in the USA (although it's popular in Canada) outside of free-software fans and hardcore Amazon haters.

The Kindle Oasis will begin shipping on October 31, and is priced at $250 for the 8GB model and $280 for the 32GB model.


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