The Oasis itself is a beauty: a 7-inch, 300 ppi display, fit snugly into a squarish, booklike shape.
Standing shoulder to shoulder with passengers inside a crowded San Francisco MUNI train, I comfortably held the Oasis for the duration of 30-minute commute without tiring my arms.
You can also turn pages by tapping directly on either side of the screen, but I found the tap targets much too wide — usually when I went to define a word, or highlight a passage, I inadvertently turned the page first.
The marquee feature of this year’s Oasis is its water resistance.
Connecting the device to my AirPods was a snap, though I found the Oasis was greedy with the connection: my AirPods would often reconnect to my Oasis after I had repaired them with my iPhone, making for some mild frustration as I went about my day.
Amazon’s mobile apps have a feature called “immersion reading” that lets you read the book on the page as it’s being narrated for you — useful, I find, when tackling books with archaic or unfamiliar language (I recently slogged through Crime and Punishment) or books with unconventional structures (such as George Saunders’ marvelous Lincoln in the Bardo, whose audiobook features 166 narrators).