Technology Amazon finally makes a waterproof Kindle, after 10 years

18:46  11 october  2017
18:46  11 october  2017 Source:   The Verge

Amazon finally makes a waterproof Kindle, after 10 years

  Amazon finally makes a waterproof Kindle, after 10 years Amazon has been selling Kindles for 10 years now, but “waterproof” never appeared on its list of incremental technological advancements — until now. The new Kindle Oasis — the same name as last year’s premium Kindle — has jumped up in size, moving from a 6-inch screen to a 7-inch screen. It has an aluminum back, which gives it a more premium look and feel than the Kindles with soft-touch plastic.

Amazon has been selling Kindles for 10 years now, but “ waterproof ” never appeared on its list of incremental technological advancements — until now. But Amazon has made a point of saying that it managed to fit in a bigger battery, while keeping the tapered side of the device at 3.4 millimeters.

Amazon has finally answered the prayers of the untold numbers who have dropped their Kindle in the bathtub or swimming pool, making the newest version of its ereader waterproof . The new Kindle Oasis, which comes 10 years after the release of the original Kindle , boasts a bigger screen

Amazon has been selling Kindles for 10 years now, but “waterproof” never appeared on its list of incremental technological advancements — until now. The company just announced a new version of its popular e-reader that builds on last year’s Kindle design and has an IPX8 waterproof rating.

The new Kindle Oasis — the same name as last year’s premium Kindle — has jumped up in size, moving from a 6-inch screen to a 7-inch screen. It has an aluminum back, which gives it a more premium look and feel than the Kindles with soft-touch plastic.

Waterproof Kindle Oasis lets you read in pool or tub

  Waterproof Kindle Oasis lets you read in pool or tub <p>The new Kindle Oasis e-reader is the first such Kindle that is waterproof.</p>The idea is you'll be able to confidently read at the beach, in a swimming pool, even the bathtub (but not underwater). Oasis is rated as being able to withstand immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to an hour.

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Unlike last year’s Kindle Oasis, which used a magnetic case you attached to the e-reader to extend its battery life, the new Oasis relies entirely on its built-in battery. It has a similar physical design, with one thicker side that tapers down on the other side, for one-handed reading. But Amazon has made a point of saying that it managed to fit in a bigger battery, while keeping the tapered side of the device at 3.4 millimeters.

The resolution of the e-paper display is the same at 300 ppi, but it has a couple extra LED lights now for a brighter, more even-looking display. And it also has ambient light sensors that adjust the brightness as you move from room to room, or from outdoors to indoors. (The earlier Voyage Kindle does this, too.)

There are physical page-turn buttons, plus the touchscreen page-turn option; Amazon says it’s worked on both the hardware and software side of things to make page-turning feel faster.

Waterproof Kindle Oasis lets you read in pool or tub

  Waterproof Kindle Oasis lets you read in pool or tub <p>The new Kindle Oasis e-reader is the first such Kindle that is waterproof.</p>The idea is you'll be able to confidently read at the beach, in a swimming pool, even the bathtub (but not underwater). Oasis is rated as being able to withstand immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to an hour.

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But the big news with the upgraded Oasis is its waterproofing, a long-requested feature from Kindle fans. (Calling last year’s model Oasis when it wasn’t waterproofed, or even water-resistantis almost insulting to Amazon’s customers.) The new e-reader has been tested in two meters of water for up to 60 minutes. It’s also been tested in different water environments, like hot tubs, pools, and bubble baths. Amazon declined to say how it waterproofed the Kindle, but since it still has an open USB port for charging, it’s recommending that people stand the Kindle upright after it’s been submerged.

Audible fans will be happy, as well: the new Oasis has a built-in Audible app. This doesn’t mean you can listen to Audible from the Kindle — it still doesn’t have any speakers — but you can start an audio book from the device and stream it over Bluetooth to a set of headphones or a speaker.

The new Oasis ships at the end of October and is replacing last year’s Oasis, leaving four Kindles total in Amazon’s lineup: the original Kindle ($80), the Kindle Paperwhite ($120), Kindle Voyage ($200), and the Oasis, which starts at $248 for an 8GB model. That’s double the base storage of previous Kindles, which Amazon says is to accommodate the storage of audio books. It also connects over both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE.

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The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3 has a e-ink Carta display screen with a resolution of 1430×1080 and 300 PPI. Waterfi makes the Kindle waterproof by filling it with an insulating barrier around all of the sensitive electronics. Finally , you have a Kindle you can use in the bathtub or on vacation.

Man Amazon , just give us an 8 inch Kindle already, make it waterproof , and if you want to show off, make it color! DSpaceNine. No, nothing will get significant software updates after a couple years , that’s just how tech goes. However, I still have a Kindle Touch from 2012 that I leave in our camper

Amazon has been notoriously coy when it comes to saying how many units of Kindle it has sold — which was the first piece of hardware Amazon ever made and sold— but Kevin Keith, Amazon’s general manager of devices, said in an interview that sales are still “quite good,” with “tens of millions” sold. He also noted that Kindle is in more countries than any other Amazon device.

“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. In 2016, data showed that ebook sales were actually down, while sales of physical books surged. And in 2015, a Pew research report on American device ownership showed that e-reader ownership was down significantly from the year prior. According to non-Amazon data, it seems to have reached its peak in 2011.

But for now, at least, there’s a new Kindle you can drop in the bath, the hot tub, or wherever else you enjoy your ebooks when you need a break from the internet.

Photography by Lauren Goode / The Verge

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