The comic Brian Regan has a great bit about fridge buying, through which he walks right into a retailer and begins speaking to a salesman. “What’s this man imagined to say about fridges?” Regan wonders. “‘You’ve got bought this fridge, it retains all of your meals chilly for $600. You’ve got bought this fridge, this retains all of your meals chilly for $800. Verify this out: $1,400, retains all of your meals chilly.'” That is the way it’s been with Kindles for the final a number of years. Lots of devices, numerous costs, mainly the identical factor it doesn’t matter what you get.
Now, nevertheless, Amazon’s launching a genuinely new and totally different Kindle. It is the 10th anniversary of the gadget, a decade for the reason that blocky, geometric first mannequin took the studying public by storm. To rejoice, the corporate’s launching a brand new model of the Kindle Oasis, providing three enormous upgrades to the Kindle expertise. The brand new Oasis is waterproof, it performs Audible audiobooks, and it has a bigger 7-inch display screen. That makes it the most important Kindle in years, probably the most highly effective and feature-rich mannequin ever. And you should use it within the bathtub.
The brand new Oasis borrows most of its look from the older mannequin, holding that asymmetrical form that feels nice to carry in a single hand however barely off-kilter in two. It is simply product of aluminum now, and it is waterproof. IPX8, particularly, which suggests it might deal with swimming pools, sizzling tubs, oceans, and absolutely anything else. This has been the most important request from Kindle customers for years, and it is lastly out there.
Amazon additionally swapped in a 7-inch e-paper display screen slightly than final yr’s 6-inch panel, and used that further area so as to add further battery so you will not want a charging cowl. (If you need one, although, Amazon did make a number of new choices.) The brand new mannequin has a quicker processor and extra storage—both eight or 32 gigs—for all of the audiobooks you are about to hearken to. And, in fact, it has Bluetooth.
Should you’ve ever used the Kindle app in your telephone, you will have a tough sense of how the Audible expertise works on the brand new Oasis. You should purchase books and obtain them straight to your Kindle, then with a faucet change between studying and listening. The Whispersync for Voice underpinning the characteristic works remarkably effectively elsewhere, and in a brief demo regarded good on the Oasis too. You should purchase books one after the other, or use your month-to-month Audible subscription. There is no headphone jack on the gadget, although, so Bluetooth audio system and headphones are your solely possibility.
One good shock: The brand new Oasis will not be the one Audible-enabled Kindle within the lineup. A software program replace “within the coming months” will activate beforehand dormant Bluetooth in each the earlier Oasis and the most recent bottom-of-the-line Kindle mannequin. An odd twosome to decide on, possibly, however a pleasant new characteristic.
The usual Kindle-y stuff is mainly the identical. Amazon did add a number of new font-size choices, particularly in the midst of the spectrum, plus a brand new inverted-font mode that places mild textual content on darkish backgrounds in case that is simpler so that you can learn. You continue to get the Goodreads, the X-Ray, the Kindle Limitless, and all the identical stuff as at all times. Amazon’s perpetually making an attempt to do two issues with the Kindle: make the factor itself really feel like a bit of paper, and make the studying expertise futuristic and superior. The Oasis suits proper in, as a result of, once more, it is a Kindle.
The brand new mannequin prices $250 for eight gigs of storage, which ought to be loads for all however probably the most hardcore, 2.5x-listening audiobook lovers. Should you want a decade of books suddenly, the 32 gig mannequin runs $280. For always-on mobile connectivity, plus 32 gigs, it is $350—however that looks like overkill.
For years, whilst Amazon’s launched new and “higher” and Kindles, our recommendation hasn’t actually modified: Buy a Paperwhite. It does all of the issues that matter at a worth that works. Most individuals appear to get it, too, since Amazon says the Paperwhite’s the most well-liked Kindle. Now, although, for the primary time in a very long time, there is a actually good purpose to purchase the flowery Kindle. In spite of everything, you’ll be able to’t put a worth on tub time.