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Review after 3 months of use
6 September 2018
This is my fourth Kindle - started with a Kindle Keyboard, then a "basic" Kindle, then a Paperwhite, now this - and in some ways it is the best yet, but in others it's a step back. Let me explain.
If you're familiar with the Kindle software, there's really nothing new here. The store looks the same, and has the same annoying issues (eg prices are only shown when you open the page for a book, rather than on the lists). On the face of it, there's not really anything new in the software that the Paperwhite didn't also have.
The hardware is very nice. As soon as you open the box you realise that this Kindle has a much bigger screen than previous models, and the lighting is better, more evenly distributed, and it adapts itself to the lighting conditions (you can turn this off if you wish and set it manually.) The screen isn't "inset" on the Oasis, the front of it being a single piece of glass with two page turn buttons on one side. The back is made of metal and there is a "bump" on the side where the buttons are, where presumably the processor and battery live. This runs the full height of the Oasis and actually makes a convenient "handle" of sorts for holding it - especially useful if you're reading while lying on one side.
The page turn buttons are a welcome feature. I didn't have any issues with tapping the screen to turn pages on my Paperwhite, and this still works on the Oasis too, but the buttons are certainly handy. The software allows you to reconfigure them too - out of the box the top button moves forward a page and the bottom moves back, but you can switch the order if you prefer. Additionally, if you turn the Oasis around so that the buttons are on the left of the screen, the page automatically rotates and the buttons continue to use the same configuration you selected, so the top button still goes forwards if that's how you'd set it. Nifty!
The Oasis is apparently waterproof too (haven't tested this) and has Bluetooth, solely for the use with Audible ebooks. As I'm not a user of ebooks I haven't tested this.
Lots of people have commented on battery life. In all honesty I kind of agree that it isn't as good as the Paperwhite. We've just returned from a two week holiday where we were both using our Kindle Oasis for several hours each day. On previous holidays we'd both probably have to charge our Kindles once or twice while we were away. This time it was three times each. That's obviously a drop from our previous models but it's not as drastic as some make out. We have Bluetooth turned off as we don't use it, the Kindles are in airplane mode unless we're downloading new purchases, and we leave the adaptive lighting on. I don't think it's *too* bad, but it's definitely a step down from the Paperwhite. On a positive note, charging is very fast, but as with previous models you need to buy your own charger or use one from eg a mobile phone (the box comes with a USB lead you can use for charging.)
One quirk I've not seen before though... We were using our Kindles on a Greek island, and one day my wife's displayed a message saying that the Kindle was too hot and was shutting down until it was cooler. Haven't seen that before! Mine didn't do this though, despite us being next to each other. The moral of the story seems to be that if you're using it in the sun, try to keep the screen in the shade.
So is it worth the money? It's a lovely piece of kit, feels nice in the hand as it is so thin and so light, it's faster than my previous Kindles and the screen lighting is better, but the software is the same as the "normal" Kindles and the battery life isn't quite as good. It all boils down to whether or not you think it is worth it. We took the plunge as we wanted the latest & greatest, best Kindles you could buy, and we're happy with our purchases, but I suspect that for most people the Paperwhite will do just fine.