When Amazon launched the first Kindle on the Italian market in 2011, few anticipated the striking success that ebooks would have in the next few years. Yet, the advantages were already evident at the time, first of all to carry countless books with you with a device smaller than a notebook.
Certainly the remarkable technical progress of the various Kindle models (and the arrival of some competitors, first of all Kobo) contributed not little to the popularity of ebooks; at the same time the library has expanded to an extent: today there is no publisher
In addition to increasingly high definitions, the Kindle have presented larger, backlit screens and connections both WiFi and LTE (on top models). The icing on the cake is water resistance, which improves the robustness of Amazon’s ebook readers.
For this test we wanted to test the top of the range: a Kindle Oasis 32 Gbyte, with 4G and WiFi connection, as well as the 7 Plus and 300 Dpi screen.
The device we received is undoubtedly distinguished from the rest of Amazon’s production both for its much more generous size (screen 7 versus 6 versus 6 versus 6 versus 6 versus 6 versus 6 versus 6 versus 6 versus 6 versus 6 versus The assembly and materials also return a premium feeling, as can be expected from a product that exceeds 300 euros in price to the public, but costs 279.99 euros without 4G.
Once turned on, you are facing the familiar Kindle interface. The speed of use is slightly higher than that of a Kindle Paperwhite, without making the miracle cry out. The page update is mainly related to e-ink technology, while the backlight of the Oasis is automatic for both intensity and colour temperature. You can set the parameters manually, bypassing the environmental brightness sensors.
In daily use we found ourselves comfortable with automatic settings; in case it is necessary (for example, resting with people whose light is still mildly annoying) we appreciate being able to change the intensity of brightness quickly.
The shape factor chosen by Amazon for the Kindle Oasis makes this device much less rectangular than the other models. The presence of a handle with the buttons turnpage allows the ambidextral management to one hand: rotating the Oasis in fact also the screen will rotate, allowing the use both with the right hand and with the left.
Despite this, in our opinion it is more convenient to use the book reader with two hands, strengthened opinion when installing a cover.
As regards autonomy, the Kindle Oasis behaves more than well, taking due account of the functions used. In fact, with all the active options (WiFI and LTE networks, and medium brightness) we were able to read a couple of books before our sample lifted white flag. A largely satisfactory result, which becomes even better by activating the airplane mode: after all, the connection is not indispensable during the normal reading of an ebook.
During the test, which lasted a few weeks, we alternated the use of a Kindle base and a Paperwhite, both last version.
All devices support AZW formats (the proprietary Amazon format), TXT, PDF and MOBI. As for EPUBs, which are popular in ebooks readers, you will need to convert to one of the formats supported with very famous software, such as the famous Calibre.
Oasis is undoubtedly on a higher level from every point of view; the comparison with the Kindle base is impietious but also not sensible, given the great difference in price: definition, screen, waterproofness are just some of the differences between the two products,
Unlike the situation that arises in the comparison between Kindle Oasis and Paperwhite, which in its latest version also gains waterproofness and wire design.
In this case, much will depend on the needs and expectations of the individual user. Paperwhite is an excellent product, which is distinguished by a very high price-performance ratio.
Inevitable then consider the economic side of the devices of the Amazon home; if you look for the top of range and performance (including the screen from 7 Â°) orientate yourself without delay on Oasis. Paperwhite is preferred for a lower price, and for a more comfortable use to one hand, but not being able to count on the buttons turnpage (we appreciated) and on a shell of less valuable materials.
We have been oriented to Oasis: we will hardly change an ebook reader in the short term, and the screen is objectively a determining factor.
For all Kindle it is worth highlighting the real ace in the sleeve: the exterminated Amazon library, where it is unlikely that we will find a book that we are interested in reading, and at prices that are far more popular than the paper counterpart.
Finally, we remind you of the Kindle Unlimited program: it is the paid Amazon service, with 30 days free trial, which provides users with a catalogue of books that can be read for free. Wanting to give an example in Amazon’s home, it’s very similar to Prime Video for movies and TV series. For serial readers (as the writer) it also translates into an important economic saving.