They say go big or go home, and Amazon is certainly going big with its new luxury eReader called Oasis.
In a time when tablets and eReaders are getting cheaper (a basic kindle starts at $80), Oasis will run nearly $300.
We’re talking about $300 for a 6″ eReader here, not for a full-blown tablet. This device doesn’t run apps, it only has one purpose: reading books. And that’s why Amazon calls this model Oasis. It’s meant to be an oasis from the distraction of social media, e-mail and other distractions found on a tablet.
What makes the Oasis stand out? For one thing, the battery life. Amazon says an Oasis can go MONTHS without a charge, up to 8 weeks.
The Oasis comes with a cover that doubles as a rechargeable battery. You can charge the Kindle and the cover at the same time while they are snapped together.
When you’re unplugged and on the go, the cover will automatically recharge the device. It’s one nice-looking back-up battery, too. The leather cover comes in three colors and opens like a book.
Amazon has re-designed the center of gravity for this Kindle so that it rests like a book in your palm. You can turn pages by tapping the screen or using the page turn buttons on the hand grip. And don’t worry lefties, the page orientation will switch if you change hands.
The Oasis also has a no-glare screen, so you can read in bright sunlight.
As with other Kindle devices, you can adjust the text size. Since Kindles aren’t back-lit, they are much easier on the eyes.
Oasis also lets you look up difficult words in a built-in dictionary without leaving your book. Plus it has access to popular Amazon features like Goodreads, X-Ray, and Family Library.
The device is incredibly thin, only .13 inches thick and it weighs less than 5 ounces. With the cover attached, it tips the scales at 8 ounces.
You have the choice between a Wi-Fi only model or one that connects via Wi-Fi & 3G. The 3G model will cost $359.
What do you think? Is this ultra-luxury eReader worth the cost when you can install a Kindle app for free on your tablet or phone? Let us know in the comments.