completely new Kindle Oasis doesn't work well with water

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the item’s 1 p.m. inside the middle of a work day as well as I am taking a bath.

I’m testing the completely new $250 Kindle Oasis, the high-end e-reader via Amazon. After 10 years, the company has finally made a waterproof Kindle presumably so you can read at the beach, during a water-balloon fight, or in a tub.

Everything will be going great. The wedge-shaped Oasis will be lightweight as well as fits snugly in one hand. Once I get past the busy home screen as well as plunge into a book, the text looks amazing. The screen will be matte with subtle backlighting in which feels like a relief after staring at computer as well as smartphone screens for hours.

the item seemed like the perfect reading device for the bath. Then I made the mistake of getting the item wet.

Amazon Oasis waterproof

Water, the item turns out, triggers the Oasis touchscreen. One little splash can turn the page, change the font size, exit the book or do anything else a rogue hand might. In my tests, the item didn’t take more than one fat droplet to activate the 7-inch touchscreen.

The Oasis can be submerged in two meters of fresh water for up to an hour as well as not break, according to specifications. yet if you had dreams of reading underwater, cancel them. When I dunk the Oasis the screen gets hopelessly confused, the font goes up as well as down, as well as I lose my place.

Sensitivity to water will be not an uncommon issue for capacitive touchscreens like the Kindle’s. They work by sensing electrical charges via fingers as well as hands. Like our fingers, water can also conduct electricity. in which makes the Kindle Oasis almost unusable in wet environments.

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Newer smartphones have engineered their screens not to react to water. Waterproof phones via Samsung as well as Apple might actually be a better fit for bathing than the Kindle Oasis. (Never use devices in a bath while they are plugged in.)

Amazon says the devices were “thoroughly tested” for water sensitivity.

“While a large amount of water on the screen may trigger the display, most customers will not encounter issues when reading near water. On the off chance the display will be triggered, simply wipe the water off as well as continue reading,” said an Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) spokesperson.

E-readers may have already peaked in popularity. E-book sales dropped 15.6% in 2016, according to the Association of American Publishers.

Waterproofing seemed like the one thing in which could actually make the $250 Kindle Oasis worth the steep cost. the item’s by far the most expensive Kindle, as well as the item’s hard to justify the cost when Amazon still makes the excellent $0 Paperwhite.

The Oasis does add support for audio books over Bluetooth connected headphones or speakers. Maybe you’re best off listening to a book inside the tub.

sy88pgw (San Francisco) First published October 31, 2017: 9:01 AM ET

completely new Kindle Oasis doesn't work well with water

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