I read all my books on a Kindle, and $ 250 Kindle Oasis is the model I prefer. It's not for everyone – $ 130 Kindle Paperwhite is a better buy for most people. But Oasis offers a collection of features that make it significantly nicer than some of the most affordable Kindle models, and after spending some time with the new Paperwhite, I'm more convinced than ever that Oasis is worth the extra price if you come to use it a lot.
Amazon recently updated the top of the Kindle line, introducing a new third-generation Kindle Oasis that adds some minor enhancements to the screen. There are several LED lights that surround the screen, giving this Oasis the brightest illumination from any Kindle yet. (Kindle displays are reflective, not backlit, which makes them much more readable ̵
Most people won't notice the enhanced backlighting, but if you are someone who is keen on the amount of blue light wavelengths you get in the evening, you are the target audience for the one big new feature of the third generation Oasis. The color temperature of the lighting system is adjustable, so if you prefer a more orange color in the evening, you can set it to adjust automatically – or you can just take control and make the lighting more or less blue when you want. (You can also turn off all of this and use the "normal" light color, if you like.)
I'm not going to comment on the blue wavelength debate really affecting sleep, but I'd say I'm one of those people who think warmer color temperatures are more aesthetically pleasing. The lights in my house have warmer temperatures, and Apple's introduction of TrueTone screens (which adapt to the existing color temperature in the room) has really hit that point at home. If I read in the dark, a red light will also mean my eyes adjust faster when I turn off the Kindle as well.
That's it. The rest of Oasis is unchanged from the second generation model, as far as I can tell. To read the Kindle Oasis case in general over other models, read on.
Why it is better than the others
Oasis is strangely shaped because it is designed to be as thin as possible, except where you grab the device. As a result, there is a thicker (8.3 mm) grip area that has Oasis's two physical side swivel buttons, and a thinner side (3.4 mm) that helps the unit weigh less.
Oh, the side-turn buttons! They are amazing. Other Kindles require that you constantly move your fingers on and off the touch screen to tap or swipe forward or backward. With Oasis, you can rest a finger or thumb on the button and just gently press to move to the next page.
People will tell you it's fine to find a grip that lets you slide a finger over the screen, press and then slide back every time you turn the page. Sure, it's going well. But this is far better.
At 6.8 grams, Oasis is a bit heavier than the other Kindles, but with that you get a much larger screen. The Oasis screen is seven inches diagonal, up from the six-inch screen found on all other current Kindles. This means more words on a page and fewer page turns, which is especially important if you are reading in larger font sizes.
Oasis is also the highest quality hardware I have ever seen from Amazon. The sides and back are a single piece of aluminum, giving this a first-class device feel that the cheaper, Kindle plastic models are missing.
It feels good, for twice the price
For me, Kindles is about price and ergonomics. Oasis doesn't really appreciate it, but it's the best when it comes to feeling. As someone who reads a couple of dozen books a year, it makes sense to pay more for the best reading equipment. And the rate of change in Kindle land is not very great; An oasis will serve you well for many years to come. It is still the best light you can buy, and is significantly nicer than Paperwhite on almost all fronts. And now with better lighting and an adjustable color screen.
Yes, $ 120 Paperwhite is the better buy. But the Kindle Oasis is a great splurge for people who simply want the best ebook reading experience around and don't mind that it costs twice as much as the dropped option.
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