Amazon's redesigned Kindle Oasis is larger, smarter and waterproof

Amazon's New Kindle Oasis Syncs Audible With Kindle And Safely Works In The Bath

Kindle Oasis 2 vs Oasis: What's new in the 2017 model?

The second generation Kindle Oasis also acknowledges consumer love for physical books in its design, which Amazon says has been ergonomically developed to feel like the spine of a book when resting in the hand.

It's a luxury device for keen readers and, at this end of the market, there isn't much in the way of competition, other than from Amazon's own stable of cheaper e-readers.

The design is very much as laid down by the original Oasis, with a slim body behind the display and a pronounced bulge at one side, housing all the brains and the battery. The all-new Kindle Oasis has a battery life measured in weeks, and it includes a fast-charging capability that allows it to go from no battery to fully charged in less than two hours.

Kindles have come a long way since the Kindle 1 arrived back in November 2007.

For a start, the Oasis features Amazon's largest, highest-resolution Paperwhite display ever. If you want to know the difference between all these models, check out our in-depth comparison article here.

Kindle Oasis 2 vs Oasis: Should you upgrade? It's wedge-shaped with a cutout at the rear that helps you grip the reader more comfortably one-handed. The thinnest point tapers to 3.4mm. The last model only had two weeks of juice on the e-reader itself, and its included leather case added another six weeks of reading. The new Oasis also comes with ambient light sensors, which were strangely missing from the last model but should now allow the reader's backlight to automatically adjust to your surroundings. Why on earth would you need all that for notoriously small eBooks?

The big new addition for this model, however, is the ability to access and play your Audible Audiobooks.

Though some earlier versions of the Kindle supported audiobook playback, replete with built-in speakers and headphone jacks, you certainly couldn't flip effortlessly between a text-based book and the audio counterpart of that same book without switching to the Kindle or Audible mobile apps.

With no battery case, Amazon has taken the liberty to roll out a few new options. The screen will also auto-rotate to always be the right way up, however you orientate the device. It's waterproof, offers audiobook/ebook synchronisation and has a larger screen.

Amazon has also added Bluetooth to this model. Why?

At £229, the company's high-end e-reader is now £40 less than the combined price of 6in Oasis and battery cover a year ago.

Arguably most impressive is the price.

The Oasis sits above the regular Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage, offering a more luxurious reading experience to those who are happy to pay a bit more. With Whispersync for Voice on the new Kindle Oasis, you will be able to listen to an audiobook while in the vehicle coming home from work, then switch back to the textual version when you get home - everything will by perfectly synchronized on the same Kindle.

For my money, it will be an easy recommendation, assuming I don't discover any huge problems when I get my hands on a review unit for more extensive testing.

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