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Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017)

Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017)

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87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Kindle Oasis is yet another stab at a premium e-reader, and its cheaper price and new features make it far more compelling. You give up a lightweight design to fit in a bigger screen and metal case, but for most people that'll be well worth it.

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Pros
  • Larger screen than before
  • Waterproof
  • Metal case feels sturdy
  • Cheaper than the last model
Cons
  • Heavier than the last Oasis
  • Metal case seams can be uncomfortable
  • Audible integration seems useless
87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Score Breakdown

 
81
Average Critic Score
 
80
The Verge
The Oasis is an ideal device for canceling out, however briefly, the distractions of the wider world. But all that comes at a very high price. And while the Oasis takes reading seriously, there are moments where it still does not take reading seriously enough.
 
90
CNET
While not as lightweight as the original Kindle Oasis, the larger screen, more durable aluminum chassis and full waterproofing are important upgrades that put the new Oasis at the top of the e-reader class.
 
90
The Wall Street Journal
If anything would tempt print lovers to go digital, this is it. But I’m not sure the drawbacks of printed books are great enough to convert any more readers.
 
80
SlashGear
As before, only the most enthusiastic and voracious of book-lovers will likely be able to justify it, but the 2017 Kindle Oasis wipes out most of its predecessor’s rough edges in a frustratingly tempting package.
 
80
Digital Trends
For bookworms, the Kindle Oasis remains the definite ebook reader to own. With all the features you’d ever want an e-reader, you’re ultimately shelling out a large sum of money for a device that will last you for years to come.
 
80
Gizmodo
Are all the perks of the new Oasis ... enough to make the device worth $250, when $120 buys you a device that gets the job done? For most people, I would venture it’s not, but I can’t say it definitely isn’t. If you’re ready to splurge, you won’t be disappointed.
 
80
TechCrunch
At $270, it’s targeted at a niche of a niche, but in 2017, it’s easily the ultimate high-end e-reader experience for people who want to tune out the notifications and read the day away.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
It might be expensive, but it's the the most accomplished Kindle yet. The really big question is whether the sum of all these new parts can convince you that it's worth paying twice the price of a humble Paperwhite.
 
70
Wired UK
Tthis version of the device feels like it’s trying too hard to be a beautiful piece of hardware. The best ereaders fade into the background, never getting between you and a good book, but this Oasis is just a little bit too smart for it’s own good.
 
80
Tom's Guide
If money's no object, then the Amazon Kindle Oasis is the e-reader for you.

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