Kindle Oasis 2 

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Regular readers will have seen recently a Kindle review, this Kindle called Oasis, it is very different in shape and it is the first I have seen with a front light. So can this change merit the far higher price of the unit over even the 8th Generation unit?

All new Kindle Oasis ebook reader
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The Kindle Oasis 2 from Amazon measures 15.8x14cm and weighs 189 grams; the first 5cm of the width is .7cm thick about the same as most newer SmartPhones however the rest of the width is harf that this is the part with the viewable screen that is 14x10.5cm. However if you hold it the other way up so the thicker part is on the right the screen turns round to support this. The viewable screen is 10.5x14cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 7 inches.

The wider border has two vertical rod buttons one 5.5cm from the top and the other 5.5cm from the bottom these turn pages back or forward. You can also tap the screen to do the same when reading the screen also accesses all the other functions and actions.

Like all Kindles when in sleep or standby mode the amount of power used is tiny. There is only one button either on the top or the bottom dependant on how you hold it to wake the unit from standby or to put it back into standby a 1cm horizontal bar button, beside this is a pin hole LED that glows orange when charging and turns green when charged. At the other end is the charge port but I found power lasted for a couple of weeks between charges.

The ‘front light’ is a new innovation and it means room lighting is not required indeed I read a lot of the time in an unlighted room at night the effect is to give a white page with black type just like the average book. However this innovation does come at a monetary cost.

Other features, this Kindle is waterproof so you can read it in a pool or a bath the actual standard is IPX8 which is to a depth of two metres for up to 60 minutes. It has 32GB of memory so will store thousands of books, so ideal for studying as well as leisure reading. It can download and synchronise over 3G or Wi-Fi.

The review item I was sent had been used previously but I was able to link it to my account without problem and was able to link partially read tones without problem, be it reading via Kindle on my PC or other Kindle units.

The claimed charging time is around two hours or so via trickle charge this is for the provided USB lead however the unit I was sent has a Thunderbolt port and did a complete charge in just an hour.

Having viewed various Kindles over the years the books are always a lot cheaper than paper counterparts and there are even a range of totally free offerings on the Kindle website I have enjoyed Someone Else’s Daughter by Linsey Lanier as part of the free offerings.

However my one concern is the price, £49 for the recent 8th Generation Kindle was a bargain. This with all the advances including the front light and water resistance does have a huge premium at £259.99.

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