Amazon adds True Tone-style warm display to new Kindle Oasis

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The latest version of Amazon's Kindle Oasis e-reader can now automatically change its screen color from white to amber in the evenings.

The new Kindle Oasis comes with a display that change from white to warm amber
The new Kindle Oasis comes with a display that change from white to warm amber


Amazon has announced its 2019 version of the Kindle Oasis and in most respects it's the same as the existing model -- but it adds an Apple True Tone-like display. When it ships on July 24, the new Kindle Oasis 10th Edition's 7-inch, 300ppi screen will be adjustable to go from white to an amber tinge as you require or automatically during the day.

It's more basic than the technology Apple uses in its iPads, and does not attempt to cut out the blue light that causes sleep issues. Instead, it is a warm orange filter that is aimed at making reading easier on the eyes in darkened conditions.

The new Kindle Oasis starts at $250 and comes in either Champagne Gold or Graphite. This entry model includes the new screen plus the existing waterproof design. It's limited to only 8GB of storage, however, and it also includes advertising on the lock screen.

You can buy the 8GB version without ads for $270, and similarly there is a 32GB version for either $280 or $300.

Kindle Oasis 2019 features the same design as last year's model.
Kindle Oasis 2019 features the same design as last year's model.


While it's an e-book reader, the Kindle Oasis can also play audio books from Amazon's Audible service. There are no speakers on the Kindle Oasis, however, so you need Bluetooth headphones.

There's also the option to read magazines and books for free as you get six months' access to Kindle Unlimited when you buy an Oasis. The magazine side of the service is more a taster for subscribing to individual titles, though, and the free books don't include very prominent best-sellers.

For purely reading books, the typography on Kindles could be better, but the device lasts for weeks on a single charge and the screen is still readable in bright light.

You can, though, get the Kindle app for iPhone or iPad and turn those far more capable devices into e-readers.

The distraction-free nature of Kindle is a real selling point, but for value for money, iOS with the Kindle app is gigantically better.

There are currently deals on iPads that put them within the same price range as Amazon's new new Kindle Oasis. The 9.7-inch iPad is on sale for $249 at Amazon, making it $20 cheaper than the Oasis. For a smaller form factor, though, the 7.9-inch iPad mini (2019) is more expensive than the Oasis, starting at $389 with current discounts. Deals on every iPad model can be found in our iPad Price Guide.

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    baka-dubbsbaka-dubbs Posts: 112member

    You can, though, get the Kindle app for iPhone or iPad and turn those far more capable devices into e-readers.

    The distraction-free nature of Kindle is a real selling point, but for value for money, iOS with the Kindle app is gigantically better.

    I will preface this by saying I am a bit of a Kindle evangelist(e-readers in general, so if you prefer Nook or Kobo, similar arguments would apply).

    I would argue for a single use case, the Kindle is a fantastic value and does what it advertises as well or better than just about any device.  If you are a frequent reader and value avoiding eyestrain, then IOS and the kindle app(or android, windows or mac and the kindle app) do not offer more value for the money.  I have been using a Kindle Voyage(which replaced a first gen Kindle Touch) and I will gladly continue to pay 200+ for a device that is still going strong over 4 years later.  Yes, it is not a multi use device like anything running iOS, but that doesn't mean those devices offer more value for the money.  For a strained comparison, iOS is a multiuse tool like a Leatherman, its really good at everything, where as the Kindle is just a really good knife. 

    mike patomic101beowulfschmidtdewme
  • Reply 2 of 5
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 2,184member
    I have a Kindle but it sits in a drawer most of the time. I can just use my 12.9" iPad Pro. The last time I really used it, which is a PaperWhite Kindle was a few years ago on Vacation for a week on a Houseboat. So at times I would read. There was no Internet 99.9% of the time, and what little Internet I could pick up, was near the bridge was only the Edge Network, as in 2G, and it was weak so even slower to be almost unusable. So my iPhone was put away most of the time. I'd read on the Kindle. It is great for that. I didn't have to worry about charging it up during the trip. The text is easy to read, clear. I'm actually backed up on a number of books I've downloaded and yet haven't had a chance to read. It has it's place, but I don't know if it's a big enough place?!?!
  • Reply 3 of 5
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,664unconfirmed, member
    Still ugly as s***.

    Goes to show when companies try to not copy Apple, they don't know what the f*** they're doing.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    SanguineSanguine Posts: 3unconfirmed, member
    "Still ugly as s***.Goes to show when companies try to not copy Apple, they don't know what the f*** they're doing."

    The Oasis e-reader "copies Apple" ... how, exactly?? I'm no fan of Amazon e-readers -- the Kobo Forma is 10x better -- but now you're just making shitup.

    AppleExposed
  • Reply 5 of 5
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,664unconfirmed, member
    Sanguine said:
    "Still ugly as s***.Goes to show when companies try to not copy Apple, they don't know what the f*** they're doing."

    The Oasis e-reader "copies Apple" ... how, exactly?? I'm no fan of Amazon e-readers -- the Kobo Forma is 10x better -- but now you're just making shitup.


    Get your prescription glasses checked. You need to focus on the words pal.

    There's a lot of Apple copying but my comment was the opposite of that which explains why it's so damn ugly.
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