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WoW!! What a spectacular device but with shortcomings!!!
21 October 2018
1.Sleek and solidly built. It looks very nice (but seems like it would be easily damaged if dropped).
2.Perfectly even screen illumination. Much better than my Paperwhite.
3.Larger screen, less page turns, larger pictures and graphics.
4.Faster page turns than any other Kindle I have seen. Waterproof (nice, but not a huge selling point for me). Fast screen rotation when changing hands. Audible. I haven't tried this yet, but definitely a good feature, even if you can't listen and read at the same time.
2.It's heavy. I'm surprised at this. They should have stuck with plastic to keep the weight down. It's wide. Not suitable to carry in your pocket. I can cram my Paperwhite into my back pocket but not the Oasis.
3.It's slippery. This is my biggest complaint. The metal is smooth and hard to grip. It is not easy or comfortable to hold for a long time. Reading in bed is even harder if you need to hold it up vertically because it is very difficult to find a good grip that also allows access to the page buttons. I was constantly hitting them by accident.
4.The auto brightness doesn't seem to work at all for me, I have never seen it adjust even going from a dark to light room. 5.Battery life has not been great as compared to other kindles.
So while there is a lot to like, I am debating returning it due to the difficulty in holding it for long periods of time. At this premium price, it should be more ergonomic. I am tempted to buy the previous Oasis model, which is much lighter and smaller, even though I like the larger screen. Ultimately I think most people will be just fine with a Paperwhite. The weight is similar and it is much easier to hold. I will use it for a few more days and see how it goes and adjust my review accordingly if my opinion changes one way or another.