My love affair with the Kindle began a decade ago, when I went through an elaborate process to get the Kindle DX. As an ardent reader, I was initially skeptical of the e-ink process, and its potential to replace physical books. The DX and its slim 9.7” form factor much impressed, making it a staple for many years on long flights. Which brings us to the Kindle Oasis. Reimagined to be the thinnest and lightest Kindle ever, think of it as the moment design aesthetics came to the fore.
For one, the Kindle Oasis is a rather beautiful device, with an intriguing gullwing design in metal that allows for single hand use. The 7” Kindle Oasis is over 20% lighter and 30% thinner on average than any other Kindle, while the structural electroplating enforced frame ensures a lightweight device ready to take many a rough tumble. Talking of the rough, the device is IPX8 rated, that means its protected against immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes. Impressive.
Come to the 7” display, and the Oasis boasts a 300 ppi display, and 60% more LEDs than any other Kindle. With 25 LED’s built-in compared to, say 5 on the Kindle Paperwhite, the end result is increased consistency and range of screen brightness. Which bodes well for extended reading sessions on film criticism.
In terms of battery life, I started using the device straight out of the box, and a week down the line, and many a reading and surfing session later, the device seems to have no need to be charged.
In closing? The 7” Kindle Oasis is one e-reader that you seriously need to consider. Invest in a case as well, ideally the self charging case that Amazon supplies, and you are set!
The 7” Kindle Oasis retails at AED 1,099.