Kindle Oasis 2 vs Oasis: What's new in the 2017 model?

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This gives you unlimited 3G for downloading books, but nothing else, in a whole load of countries. Take the new Kindle Oasis. And in 2015, a Pew research report on American device ownership showed that e-reader ownership was down significantly from the year prior.

Kindles have come a long way since the Kindle 1 arrived back in November 2007. The previous Kindle Oasis started at $289 for 4GB of storage.

Whereas the previous version of the Kindle Oasis cost $290 and had 4GB of storage, the newer version will cost $250 and have 8 GB of storage. As it knows what page you're on, it will know where to start the audio and vice-versa.

"Kindle" has indeed become synonymous with "e-reader" over the past decade, but that doesn't mean Amazon will enjoy the same kind of Kindle success over the next 10 years.

The second-gen Oasis features the same "ergonomic" design as the first-gen model, which Amazon claims shifts the centre of gravity to the palm for a more comfortable one-handed reading experience, or something, but comes with the added bonus of IPX8 certification, which means it can withstand immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.

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Despite the increase in size, though, 2017's Oasis remains ridiculously light at 194g - 10g lighter than the lightest Kindle Paperwhite - and tapers to a super-slim 3.4mm at its thinnest point. And it also has ambient light sensors that adjust the brightness as you move from room to room, or from outdoors to indoors. Weirdly, last year's Oasis lacked this feature despite the fact that the cheaper Voyage had it previously.

Plus, as mentioned previously, the internal battery is larger, delivering up to six weeks of stamina without the need to attach an external battery cover, not that you get the option anymore; there are no longer any contacts on the rear to enable the feature. Why, friend, because now you can download and play Audible audiobooks over Bluetooth - result! If you're a subscriber, it will list your books alongside your Kindle titles - and if you want to listen, you can simply pair with either a bluetooth speaker or bluetooth headphones. Still, the new model is by far the sturdiest Kindle I've ever held, thanks to its metal case. When rotated, the Oasis screen automatically turns to suit the user's orientation. It's waterproof, offers audiobook/ebook synchronisation and has a larger screen. Plus, Amazon has added a couple of extra LEDs for a more even lighting effect.

The £230 device gets a price cut from the £270 of last year's Kindle Oasis, but is still significantly more expensive than the company's other Kindles, which cost £60 and £110.

Now, don't get me wrong; £229 is still a lot of money to pay for an e-reader when the Kindle Paperwhite does much the same job for less than half as much. Keep an eye out for our in-depth review in the coming weeks.