Amazon Kindle Oasis ebook reader Amazon's stalwart ebook reader has undergone a major overhaul, but it's hard to get past the lightweight Kindle's hefty price tag.
The new Kindle Oasis brings plenty of improvements to the table, but before we dive into them you need to come to terms with the whopping AU$449 price tag. That makes it Amazon's most expensive Australian Kindle ever by now you'd think the online retail giant would almost be giving away budget Kindles as a loss leader to make money from selling ebooks, but instead it's pushing prices up to turn the top shelf 8th generation Kindle into a luxury status symbol. In Amazon's defence perhaps it's smart enough not to get in a race to the bottom and turn its ebook readers into commodity items, just as Apple continues to demand a premium for its iGadgets rather than engage in a budget price war with Android. Tablets have certainly taken a bite out of the ebook reader market, but people who are serious readers appreciate that e Ink ebook readers like the Kindle are smaller, lighter and easier on the eyes than a tablet, plus they offer a much longer battery life. The Kindle Oasis is aimed at well heeled, voracious readers who appreciate this and are prepared to invest in a premium device, even though for $449 they could pick up a cheaper Kindle reader as well as a Kindle Fire Android tablet or Apple's iPad mini. The slightly uneven design is less cumbersome than it sounds, as the thicker side gives you something to grip and it has a gently angled back to ensure the reader still sits flat on the table without wobbling. The cover is designed to fit snugly against the back of the reader, with the power connectors firmly locking in place magnetically. You can evenpick up the Kindle buythe cover and it won't come free. The front cover is also held closed with a magnetic clip and opening it like a book cover wakes the ebook reader's backlight, if the lighting conditions call for it. One in the hand The Oasis retains Amazon's standard six inch screen, but the thinner bezel at the top and bottom makes this Kindle closer to a square shape than its predecessors, which looks and feels odd at first but soon grows on you. The Oasis is exactly the same size and shape as a pandora charm necklace silver CD case turned on its side, which means it's more likely to fit in your pocket. The case balances out the Kindle's weight so you can hold it open in one hand with the spine resting in the centre of your palm. Alternatively you can fold back the cover or tear it off to hold the reader like a traditional Kindle. You can turn the page by tapping or flicking the touchscreen. Like the Kindle Voyage, the Oasis sees the return of page turn buttons to complement the touchscreen. Thankfully they're physical buttons, rather than the temperamental pressure sensitive buttons on the Voyage, but they're soft and quiet so as not to disruptthe reading experience. Thankfully left handers can flip the Kindle upside down to put the buttons on the left, the display auto rotates and you can switch the functions of the buttons in the settings. Unfortunately southpaws can't flip around the cover so it still opens to the left. Look closer The Oasis boasts 300 dpi screen resolution, the same as the Voyage, ensuring pages look like they were spat out by a laser printer. You'll notice the improvement on the older 212 ppi Kindles but it's not striking and you not might be too fussed if you only ever use a Kindle to read novels without illustrations. Perhaps more importantly, the Oasis is the brightest Kindle ever thanks to 60 per cent more LED lights. It's not like a traditional flickering LCD screen which can strain your eyes, instead it shines in light from the sides to illuminate the screen. Surprisingly the Oasis lacks the Voyage'sambient light sensor whichautomatically turns up the brightness, a real disappointment considering it's one of the Voyage's best features. The Oasis' backlight is set to 75 per centby default bright enough to read at night but dull enough that it appears to be offunder direct sunlight but you'll pandora necklace sale want to tweak it to taste if you needto extend the battery life. The lack ofwhispernetaccess on Australian models is not a deal breaker, but itmight frustrate people who like to buy books or download from their library while they're on the go although you could save$100 by sticking with a WiFi only model andusingyour smartphone to generate a Wi Fi hotspot. It's perhaps more disappointing that Australians still don't have the option of getting a discount if you're prepared to view a few advertisements on your Kindle. In the US, Amazon knocks US$20 off the Oasis' price tag if you opt for the model with "Special Offers" on the lock screen, but the offer doesn't extend to Australia so we're expected to pay full price. If you try to order this modelfrom theUS Amazon store it refusesto ship to Australia, whileif you usea parcel forwarding service the extra cost will probably more than offset the US$20savings. So what's the verdict? The latest pandora bracelet locations Kindle is an improvement on its predecessors in pretty much every way, except for that missing ambient light sensor. The battery life is amazing, while the reading experience has improved thanks to the weight lossas well asditching the awkwardpressure sensitive buttons and so called "reimagined" page turns of the Kindle Voyage.
Even so, $449 is a pandora bracelet silver and gold big ask for a one trick pony like an ebook reader rather than a jack of all trades tablet. The Kindle Oasis is a thing of beauty, but at the end of the day it comes down to how much you're prepared to spend on a specialist device and whether you'll really appreciate all the improvements over a $179 Kindle Paperwhite once you're engrossed in a good book. It seems like overkill, but bookworms with deep pockets and an eye for elegance won't regret finding room for the Kindle Oasis in their budget and their travel bag.
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