Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader

Last updated date: April 4, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.5

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We looked at the top 1 E-Readers and dug through the reviews from 12 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, CNET, Trusted Reviews, Tech Radar, The Guardian, Android Central, Engadget, Wired, PC World, Tom's Guide, The Verge, ARS Technical's and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best E-Reader you should buy.

Overall Take

The Oasis has a larger screen than other Kindles and a sturdier aluminum casing. An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts brightness for easy reading in different lighting conditions. The model boasts a higher price tag, and some users missed the headphone jack. But overall, this reader garnered rave reviews. In our analysis of 103 expert reviews, the Amazon Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 9, 2019:
Checkout The Best E-Reader for a detailed review of all the top e-readers.

Expert Summarized Score
8.7
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
4,946 user reviews
Our Favorite Video 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

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.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader (10th Gen)
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 13
2. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader (7th Gen)
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
3. Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 12
4. Kobo Aura ONE E-Reader
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 12
5. Amazon Kindle Voyage E-Reader
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 10
6. Kobo Aura H2o E-Reader
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 10
7. Amazon Kindle 6-Inch E-reader
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 7
8. Amazon Fire HD8 E-Reader
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
9. Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus E-Reader
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 8
10. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 9

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. Understanding the technology behind e-readers can 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. Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite has a glare-free display for kicking back with a new novel at the beach.

Staring at a computer screen to catch up on your reading list might sound like a headache, but e-reader technology reduces eye strain. The Kobo Aura ONE E-Reader has an impressive 7.8-inch screen with a built-in ComfortLight that protects your eyes while lighting up your screen for late night reading. The 7th Generation Kindle Paperwhite has an adjustable built-in light, and the new Kindle Paperwhite lets you adjust the size and boldness of your book’s text.

Almost all physical books come in e-book form today. Amazon’s Kindle readers offer access to over a thousand books, magazines and more to Prime members, and The Kobo Aura ONE connects directly to your local library for free access to their entire e-book catalog.

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 Kindle Paperwhite are compatible with Audible, a massive library of audiobooks and original content.

Comic book fans can keep up with their favorite series on an e-reader, too. The Kobo Aura ONE has HD resolution and 32 GB of onboard memory to hold up to 700 graphic novels. It also supports 14 different file formats, making visual books just as accessible as a standard e-book.

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. All four of our top picks have impressive 300 ppi screens, so every sentence will be crystal clear.

Good e-readers can get a little pricey, so you’ll want to think about a few more things before you commit to one. 

Review Melt Fun Fact

E-readers didn’t reach the masses until the mid-2000s, but someone saw the new technology coming. Author Bob Brown predicted the death of printed books in his 1930 book “The Readies.” Brown suggested building a machine that had ribbons of miniaturized text scrolling behind a magnifying glass. It would shorten reading time by creating hyper-abbreviated words, with em dashes replacing certain words. He called these shortened words “readies.” Brown also said that the machine would allow users to adjust type size for easier reading, and he said that the machine would reduce paper waste and save trees.

Only 150 copies of Brown’s futuristic text were published when he was alive., But the book is now available in paperback, hardcover and of course, as an e-book.

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. At just 6.6” x 4.6”, the Kindle Paperwhite fits easily in your purse or 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 Aura ONE comes with 32 GB of built-in memory.
  • What type of controls are you most comfortable with? Our three Amazon Kindle selections and the Kobo Aura ONE all come with effortless touchscreen controls. However, some older e-readers still use buttons to help you scroll through pages.