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Amazon's new Kindle Oasis is Waterproof and $40 Cheaper than the Original

11 Octubre 2017, 08:22 | Verda Sainz

Amazon's new Kindle Oasis is Waterproof and $40 Cheaper than the Original

Amazon's new Kindle Oasis is Waterproof and $40 Cheaper than the Original

As I found when I tried the new Kindle Oasis out myself, page turns are significantly swifter than we've seen on previous Kindle models.

However, the device is heavier at 194g due to a bigger battery as there's no battery case this time.

There's the same one-handed design which flips automatically depending on which hand you hold it in and there's a new adaptive light sensor that will adjust the light of the display to maximise battery-life even further. You still get two physical page-turn buttons alongside the display, or alternatively you can just tap the touchscreen.

Support for Audible is included for the first time, which means Kindle Oasis owners can choose from over 250,000 audiobooks to listen to on the device. Now, Amazon can boast that its IPX8-grade waterproof ereader can be submerged in two meters of fresh water for an hour, which should go some way toward placating Kindle fans.

The aluminum back and soft touch plastic on the front and sealed tight, the 2nd gen Oasis can survive under 2m of water for an hour.

If there's one feature Amazon's range of e-readers has been in desperate need of over the years, it's waterproofing.

The new Oasis is different.

You'll then be able to connect your Kindle to your auto, speaker or Bluetooth headphones, with syncing between the two, meaning you can flip straight from reading to listening and back again.

Since the new Kindle Oasis doesn't feature speakers or a headphone jack, users will have to connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones to start listening to their audiobooks.

Amazon says its hardware business isn't structured to make money on sales of the devices themselves. There's also a $279.99 32GB model and the $349.99 32GB model with free cellular connectivity (both without ads). Amazon has bumped up the resolution slightly to keep the same 300ppi display density as the outgoing Oasis, so graphic novels, illustrations and magazine images look just as sharp as before - only now they're larger.

"The ergonomic design shifts the centre of gravity to your palm so the device rests in your hand like the spine of a book, no matter which hand you chose to read with", Amazon explains. The e-ink device was first released 10 years ago. According to non-Amazon data, it seems to have reached its peak in 2011. However, if you dropped the Kindle in the pool, you'd probably end up having to buy a new one.



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