Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader

Last updated date: June 14, 2021

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8.6

Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader

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We looked at the top E-Readers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best E-Reader you should buy.

Update as June 14, 2021:
Checkout The Best E-Reader for a detailed review of all the top e-readers.

Overall Take

This e-reader has a bigger screen than some other models and a sturdier aluminum casing. An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts brightness for easy reading in different lighting conditions.


In our analysis of 95 expert reviews, the Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader placed 4th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

No more soggy pages with the Kindle Oasis—it's IPX8 rated to protect against immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes. And it's built to withstand getting splashed at the beach or dropped in the bathtub, hot tub, or pool.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.6
12 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.0
4,946 user reviews

What experts liked

Combines amazing 300 ppi high resolution display,sleek design, effortless page turn feature and adjustable built in light.
- BestReviews
The new Kindle Oasis maintains its slim design while adding a sturdier aluminum back and a larger 7-inch, high-resolution E Ink screen. I
- CNET
Amazon has added water-resistance to the Oasis’ list of features. An IPX8 rating means the Kindle Oasis (2017) will happily survive being submerged in water for two hours – which is more than most phones boasting an IP67/8 rating.
- Trusted Reviews
October 1, 2018 | Full review
Unlike its predecessor, the Kindle Oasis (2017) doesn’t just do ebooks – it also works with Audible audiobook titles. If you use the audiobook service from Amazon you'll be able to listen to them on your Oasis with the use of Bluetooth headphones or a speaker.
- Tech Radar
November 1, 2018 | Full review
I appreciated the bigger display, which could fit more text on one page, meaning fewer page turns were required per chapter. It’s still as beautifully crisp and easy to read, and now has automatic front-light adjustment.
- The Guardian
There's also an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts brightness, like most modern phones. As you'd imagine, text on the Oasis looks crisp, and I particularly like the fact that the display is flush with the body. You'll also be able to invert the colors — turn the background black and the text white, making it easier on your eyes at night.
- Android Central
June 19, 2018 | Full review
The metal case also has some surprisingly sharp edges around the edges. It's not the sort of thing that could cut you, but it makes some noticeable impressions on your skin when you hold it for a while.
- Engadget
October 31, 2017 | Full review
Audiobook integration works perfectly.
- Wired
Amazon says the 2017 Oasis can run for up to six weeks on a single charge, assuming a half-hour of reading each day. Reading on our test unit for an hour or two a day over the course of a week, with Wi-Fi on, the battery still hasn’t dipped below three-quarters of a charge.
- PC World
November 21, 2017 | Full review
Everything about this device, including its machined aluminum back, excellent automatic lighting adjustments and very well-lit screen (using 12 LEDs) screams perfection.
- Tom's Guide
January 2, 2019 | Full review
The center of gravity always rests in your palm, no matter which hand you’re reading with. An accelerometer rotates the page when you switch hands, and the page transitions are the fastest I’ve ever seen on an E Ink display.
- The Verge
October 31, 2017 | Full review
Lighter waterproof design with flush screen.
- ARS Technical's
November 7, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

It's a costly model.
- BestReviews
The big caveat is that the new Kindle Oasis doesn't come with a case.
- CNET
The aluminium sides jut out slightly above the display and the edges are sharp. It’s a colder, less welcoming product, and I’m not entirely sure everyone will like it.
- Trusted Reviews
October 1, 2018 | Full review
There's no 3.5mm headphone jack, which means you won't be able to listen to audiobooks over wired headphones, and that will be disappointing for some people.
- Tech Radar
November 1, 2018 | Full review
Expensive alternative way to consume books that may fit better with your commuting patterns
- The Guardian
The device lacks a headphone jack, you'll have to pair a Bluetooth speaker or headphones to the device to listen to your favorite audiobooks.
- Android Central
June 19, 2018 | Full review
The new Oasis is also the first Kindle with Audible support built in. To listen to audiobooks, though, you have to connect the e-reader to a Bluetooth speaker or headphones. While it sounds like a practical feature on paper, though, I found it to be pretty pointless.
- Engadget
October 31, 2017 | Full review
Oasis comes with one big downside, which in some ways undoes its wonder wherever-whenever-however vibe: It's just too big.
- Wired
Exposure to larger amounts of liquid causes false screen taps to be registered
- PC World
November 21, 2017 | Full review
Oasis does not support immersion reading. You can read your book, or you can have the Kindle read to you through your Bluetooth speakers, but you can’t do both.
- The Verge
October 31, 2017 | Full review
Kindle doesn't support all e-book file formats.
- ARS Technical's
November 7, 2018 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Molly Thornberg   
Technology and parenting blogger

Molly Thornberg is a professional writer, creative and mom to four kids, living her best life outside of Dallas, Texas. With a love for all things tech, she is passionate about helping parents raise kids in the digital age. She writes about technology, parenting and humor on her blog Digital Mom Blog.

An Overview On E-Readers

E-readers have changed the way people consume books, magazines and articles. Instead of choosing between one or two physical books to bring with you on vacation, you can bring hundreds of options along in one sleek device. E-books tend to be cheaper than paperbacks, so it’s less expensive to expand your mind and check out new authors and titles. They’re also environmentally friendly; downloading e-books instead of buying hardcover books saves plenty of paper and cardboard.

The popularity of e-readers has spawned a large industry of digital reading devices, and finding the right one for your needs requires some research. One of the first questions you’ll want to ask yourself is how you plan to use your e-reader, and whether you might benefit from purchasing a tablet that can double as your e-reader, says technology expert Molly Thornberg, a parenting and tech blogger.

“Basic e-readers allow just reading. These are great for focused reading, and for kids,” says Thornberg, the brains behind the Digital Mom Blog. “More advanced e-readers are typically tablets offering more options like web browsing and a music player.”

Understanding the technology behind e-readers can also help you make your decision. E-readers take e-book files and make them accessible to readers by storing them on a small computer. Their optimized portability, readability and battery life make them great literary companions. Many models today are designed for easy reading in sunlight.

Staring at a computer screen to catch up on your reading list might sound like a headache, but e-reader technology reduces eye strain. Large screens, backlights and adjustable fonts and text sizes all make ebooks easier to read than ever.

Before you buy, you’ll want to consider whether you prefer an e-reader experience that closely mirrors the one you’d have with a regular book, or whether you’re up for a more lively display.

“E-readers offer either e-ink (electronic ink) or LCD display,” says Thornberg.  “E-ink offers an electronic paper-like display. LCD screen displays offer color and typically more touchscreen capabilities. Some devices offer both.”

Older e-readers needed to be charged regularly, but newer models have extended battery lives for more reading freedom. The Kindle Oasis can go weeks without a charge, so you won’t have to go hunting for power outlets at stops on your next road trip.

If audiobooks are more your speed, you can still listen to them on some e-readers. The Kindle Oasis and Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite are compatible with Audible, a massive library of audiobooks and original content.

You don’t need to worry about squinting to make out the words on your e-reader’s screen, either. The Pixels Per Inch (or PPI) of modern e-readers eclipses their predecessors.

Thornberg says you’ll also want to consider what e-book stores and libraries your new e-reader will have access to as well.

The E-Reader Buying Guide

  • Will you be traveling a lot with your e-reader? If you regularly jet set for work or play, you’ll want an ultra-portable e-reader that fits easily in a carry-on bag. 
  • How frequently do you plan on using your e-reader? All four of our top picks have improved battery life over their predecessors. They can go for “weeks” without a charge, but that’s dependent on how frequently you use them. Give your e-reader’s battery life a test run at home before you take it on any long trips.
  • E-readers can download books via WiFi or over your cellular network. Downloading over your home WiFi network will save you some cash, but you’ll be out of luck if you want to check out a new title on the go. Using a cellular network is convenient, but the data charges might drive up your cellular bill. Talk to your network provider before you dive into this option, and make sure you budget accordingly for your bookworm habit.
  • How many e-books, audiobooks and graphic novels do you plan on reading? You’ll need more memory if you want an extensive collection. The Kindle Oasis comes in 8 GB or 32 GB versions, while the Kobo Clara HD 6-Inch Touchscreen E-Reader comes with 8 GB of built-in memory.
  • What type of controls are you most comfortable with? Touchscreen controls are effortless. However, some older e-readers still use buttons to help you scroll through pages.