The Amazon Kindle Oasis has pose appeal, but why not just buy a book?
Amazon Kindle Oasis
The worst thing that can happen to any technology company is to make a genuinely good product. Fastforward a year, and customers will be demanding an upgrade, and the engineers will be sat there thinking, ‘Er, put some racing stripes on it?’
There’s a bit of that feeling with Amazon’s latest Kindle, the new Oasis. It’s waterproof and it’s ultra-slim (albeit with a weird bulge on the back). The seven-inch screen is gorgeous. But it’s very similar to the old Kindle Oasis.
The seven-inch screen is gorgeous. But it’s very similar to the old Kindle Oasis
The new thing is that it has a ‘warm’ light setting for reading in bed at night. It’s genuinely pleasurable to use, giving the page a lovely warm sepia tone, as if you’re reading some ancient, dusty tome.
The Kindle adjusts itself as the sun goes down, so that the page gets ‘warmer’. It definitely looks more like a paper page than any previous Kindle, or at least it does by around 7pm.
The Oasis uses 12 white LED lights and 13 amber ones around the edges. Be warned, there is also blue light in there, so you may still be putting your body clock out of whack.
This has a certain amount of pose appeal, but as any reader knows, if you’re looking to show off, you buy actual books
But the real problem for the new Oasis is the fact that the cheaper Kindles, including the £70 one, are all perfectly decent.
This has a certain amount of pose appeal, but as any reader knows, if you’re looking to show off, you buy actual books. If you’re looking to pick up novels for a quid, you buy a Kindle – so it’s rather difficult to justify this Rolls-Royce of Kindles, priced at a regal £230.