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


Thankfully Amazon has heard our pleas and the all-new Kindle Oasis, an updated version of the original Oasis e-reader, is the first waterproof device from the retail giant.

Instead of opting for an attachment to extend battery life like with the previous Kindle, the new Oasis has a thicker side. Unlike last year's Oasis, there's no magnetic, snap-on battery cover, but Amazon says battery life is much improved, too.

It's been a year since the original was launched at £269 (up to £329 for 3G) so it's not a huge surprise that Amazon is refreshing the luxury Kindle. Amazon has also added a new feature to invert black and white colours on the display, which would be helpful for readers who suffer from light sensitivity. "You can easily turn pages with dedicated page turn buttons and the display will automatically rotate the page orientation whether you hold it with your left or right hand". There's no 3.5mm headphone jack.

You may also recall that last year's entry-level Kindle (generation 8) came with Bluetooth audio support out of the box.

Despite the bigger screen, the new Oasis is actually ten grams lighter than the popular Kindle Paperwhite, weighing in at just 194g.

Amazon's all-new Kindle Oasis is the first to boast full water resistance, so you can take it in the bath or rock it by the pool without worry. It also has a marked advantage when attempting to read image-heavy works, like comics, on the thing (though comics on an e-reader is still a big no-go, as far as I'm concerned). Amazon said it made it water-resistant because customers like to use Kindles while in the bathtub.

The device is also the first waterproof Kindle and Amazon claims that can be submerged in up to two meters of fresh water for up to an hour.

In addition, a $350 ariant with free cellular connectivity includes 32 gigabytes of storage and lacks "special offers". (Waterproof for real: "can withstand immersion in up to 2 meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.") It's a attractive piece of news and a vast technological improvement for every Kindle user who reads by the pool or on the beach or, let's face it, in the bathroom. There are also new font options. Both they and the Oasis itself are up for pre-order today, and will ship on October 31.

But while 8GB of storage might be enough for keeping your library of eBooks, it might not be sufficient to carry all the audiobooks you want to listen to.