Unless Google has suddenly started failing me there are far fewer reviews than expected, but they generally say the same thing.
Most reviewers agreed that it is a wonderful ebook reader while also questioning whether most consumers will think it is worth the cost. Wired, for example, thinks it’s great but questions the cost.
I am still waiting to get my hands on one, so I can’t say (although I do know that I wouldn’t buy one). What do you think?
The Kindle Oasis is a wonderful ereader and is a pleasure to use. Its asymmetrical design is the biggest jump forward for any Kindle yet.
But that doesn’t make it worth £270. The Kindle Paperwhite costs less than half that and is still an excellent ereader with a great screen. Ebooks are slightly cheaper than ‘real’ books, but they’re not so cheap that buying a £270 Oasis will save you much money in the long run.
The Oasis is wholly desirable, but not wholly justifiable. It’s something you’ll pick up in the shop, love the feel of, but will inevitably pass over for a much more sensibly-priced device. The Kindle Oasis is a fantastic luxury item, but it’s not quite the paper-replacement Amazon was hoping for.
If you can afford to splurge on an e-reader, I am confident that you won’t be disappointed in this sexy new Kindle. It’s a bold delight, a satisfying revival of everything you’ve learned to love about reading digitally.
The Kindle Oasis is great but you don’t need it, unless you absolutely want the best, irrespective of the cost. For most people, the Kindle Paperwhite does the job fine even if it costs half of what the Oasis does. The starting price for the Oasis is Rs 23,999!
Although, if you are eying the Voyager, the Oasis becomes a better deal because it comes with a leather cover, which in the case of Voyager would cost you another several thousand rupees.
At this price, it is just too expensive. With that said, if you are after the best Kindle experience and would gladly pay to the high price for it, the Oasis is what you need. You won’t be disappointed with it.
The Kindle Oasis is an impressively engineered device that’s pleasant to use. But at nearly $300, it’s too expensive for most people. That’s especially true because it doesn’t really change the reading experience. The Oasis’ new design and brighter screen make it more portable and easier to read in certain circumstances, but you’re really paying for the premium design and included charging case.
(Should you buy a Kindle Oasis?) The answer is yes, if you do not have a recent eReader, if money is not particularly an object in your life, if you read a lot of books and if you commute with frequency.
It would be a mistake to purchase this otherwise. The reason why is fairly straightforward: It would just be a waste. eReaders are a weird, singular category of consumer technology that exist almost entirely as luxury. They are not inherently better than the printed books they replace, and they are quickly becoming eclipsed in function by the smartphones most of us carry around.
The Amazon Kindle Oasis is the best e-reader available at the moment. Others may be waterproof, or have more advanced features, but the Oasis is just a nicer reading experience, from the way the software works to the way the device feels in your hand.
But more than that the Kindle Oasis is a very nice thing. It’s a luxurious-feeling item that makes you want to hold it, to read it. Like a fine pen makes writing a more enjoyable act, the Oasis accentuates the reading experience.
Is it a £100 better than the already expensive £170 Voyage or £160 better than thePaperwhite? No, it is basically the same experience minus the buttons and body. But is it worth the extra £100 as a luxury item, absolutely. Should you buy it? Probably not.
And therein lies the biggest problem with the Kindle Oasis: it doesn’t do anything different. The Paperwhite is £109.99, a full £160 cheaper than the Oasis. Sure, the lighting isn’t quite as even, and it’s bulkier and heavier, but the feature set is the same. If you asked us which Kindle to buy, we’d point to the Paperwhite and tell you that that’s the hero, because the Kindle Paperwhite is just too damn good to ignore.
The Kindle Oasis is beautiful piece of technology. Although it looks impressive in pictures, you really need to hold it in your hands to understand just how good it feels. Most of the TrustedReviews team weren’t convinced at first, but holding it in their hands instantly turned them into believers.
Yes, it’s simply an e-reader that doesn’t do a whole lot differently to the Voyage or Paperwhite, but the sheer amount of engineering and design work that must have gone into this is quite incredible.
For most people, the £269.99 price will instantly make it a no-go – and that’s completely understandable. I remain none the wiser over the Kindle Oasis’ is aimed at – but I want one nevertheless.
The Amazon Oasis is practically perfect in every way. It doesn’t forge relationships between bratty kids and their errant fathers or wax bannisters with its ass, but as e-readers go, it leaves you satisfied. It’s light, easy to read, has wonderful ergonomics and incredible battery life.
And the fucker is almost three hundred dollars.
I have never been so enamored with a piece of hardware not made by Lelo, and yet so hounded by its price. The Amazon Oasis costs $290. That’s $90 more than the already outrageously priced Voyage and $190 more than the truly exceptional Paperwhite. The only way you can really even begin to justify the large (relative) sum of money you’re spending on the Oasis is by looking to its cover—and even then you’re bending over backwards.
There’s no doubt the Kindle Oasis is an excellent e-reader. It’s a pleasure to use and hold. You get the case and extra battery with it, a potential $60 value. However, it’s still hard to justify the $289.99 price tag, and if you add 3G and remove the ads that appear on the sleep screen, you could pay $379.99. That’s an insane amount for an e-reader. Of course, with the ubiquity of Wi-Fi, you really don’t need 3G (Whispersync will work without it) and the ads do not get in the way of your reading experience.
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