Amazon Kindle Oasis 2017 review: The ultimate ereader adds audiobooks and a waterproof case

November 21, 2017
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Amazon’s Kindle Oasis (2017 version) is the ultimate ereader. Two important features debut with this 2017 model: It’s waterproof, and it supports audiobooks via Audible.

Make no mistake: Reading on this device is a luxurious pleasure. With a starting price of $270, however, the Oasis floats beyond many budgets. For everyone else, we suggest picking up a Kindle Paperwhite, which can be had for half the cost. 

Kindle Oasis prices, specs and features

The Kindle Oasis is priced according to memory amount, connectivity, and the presence or absence of Special Offers—yes, you must pay for the privilege of omitting ads from the bottom of your lock screen.

Deciding between 8GB and 32GB of memory depends on how voraciously you read—and especially whether you decide to take up Audible audiobooks, which demand a lot more space than an ebook. According to Amazon, 8GB can hold “thousands of books or over 35 Audible audiobooks.” Step up to 32GB, and Amazon says you’ll be able to store “thousands of books or over 160 Audible audiobooks.” 

Remember, too, that Amazon will store its own content for you in the cloud, so you don’t need to keep all your ebooks on your Kindle. 

Kindle Oasis prices

For $270, the base unit (which we reviewed) offers 8GB of memory and Wi-Fi connectivity. With Special Offers, the price drops to $250. 

For $300, you can step up to 32GB of memory and Wi-Fi. With Special Offers, the price drops to $280. 

For those who roam frequently beyond Wi-Fi signals, a 32GB model with free cellular connectivity (AT&T 3G or 4G LTE, depending on location) is available for $350.