The One-Handed Kindle, Finally
Amazon just announced the latest in its long line of e-readers: the Kindle Oasis. At 4.6 ounces, it’s Amazon’s thinnest and lightest Kindle ever. It’s also their brightest, with 10 LEDs (that’s 60 percent more LEDs than the next-brightest Kindle, the Kindle Voyage) and has the highest-resolution display available in a Kindle at 300 ppi (the Voyage and Paperwhite also share this resolution).
Like Amazon’s other Kindles, the Oasis has a 6-inch glare-free display. Where it differs is the way it’s meant to be held. The Oasis has a wider bezel on one side to encourage one-handed reading. And because it has a built-in accelerometer, the screen can rotate to can accommodate both left- and right-handed readers.
By all accounts, the Oasis is the most complete e-reader Amazon’s ever made, making it the perfect e-reader to pair with an umbrella, Persol sunglasses, a beach chair and a great summer beer. That is, if you can afford it.
The Oasis will cost $290 — $10 dollars less than the newly discounted Xbox One — making it by far the most expensive e-reader ever made. So while it may be the perfect summer e-reader, you might get a better bang for your buck if you buy the perfectly adequate Kindle Voyage ($200), Kindle Paperwhite ($120) or original Kindle ($80).
The Kindle Oasis is available for pre-order now, and will start shipping on April 27, 2016.
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