The Kindle Oasis has been discounted at Amazon by a hefty $75, bringing it down to its low “Amazon Prime Day Product Discount” price of $175 at Amazon. While that makes it cheaper than the regular price, it’s still about $50 more expensive than the next Kindle on the list, the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition. But what do you get with the Kindle Oasis, and why is it worth choosing the more premium Kindle over other eReaders in the range? Well, I have – and I’ll tell you why.
Before we get started, it’s worth keeping in mind that Prime Day deals will only last until tonight, and after that the Kindle family will go up at full price. So if you’re looking for a base model Kindle or a Kindle Oasis, you’ll need to move fast – they’ll be back at full price before you know it.
Kindle Oasis | Was $250 now $175 on Amazon
With an adjustable warm light on its e-ink screen and a sumptuous aluminum shell, the Kindle Oasis is the top of the Kindle tree. It’s also $75 off Prime Day, making it $175.
Why buy a Kindle in the first place?
I like books. I love the smell of them, I love the feeling of turning the page, I love the colorful covers and the “noise” a hardback book makes when you put it on a table. What I don’t like is the amount of space they take up – it’s nice to have them all on shelves to show off the type of books you like to read, but there comes a point where it there’s not even enough space available for new books Instead, if you’re like me, you find yourself with boxes upon boxes of books in closets or in the attic that occasionally come in some sort of “rotating the shelves” by seeing them exchange from time to time on the shelves. , or when I may be disturbed.
I never thought I’d like a Kindle or any other kind of e-reader for that matter – there’s no pages to turn and sniff at, no colorful covers, and no clunking noise when you put it down. device on a table. That was until I bought my first Kindle. It was the base model, with no touchscreen and a bunch of buttons everywhere. I didn’t think I would like it, even as I unboxed it, making me look happy for the very generous people who had bought it for me. It wasn’t until I had to pack for a vacation that the little device really came into its own.
Strangely, it’s not the e-ink screen that won me over. I’ve never used the best iPad for reading books and generally avoid anything with a screen for reading for long periods of time so as not to strain my eyes. Sure, the e-ink screen was easy on the eyes, but it still wasn’t a page.
It was the space savings that made me realize how useful a Kindle is. I’m a daily book girl when I go, and when you go to the darkest depths of northern England for two weeks you tend to bring more books than you know what to do with. Suddenly, I no longer had to restrict my book consumption – I could download all the books I could read on my little Kindle and slip them into my backpack. Those fourteen books I left with and the twenty I came back with two weeks later were no longer a space issue – it was all on a small device that I could almost fit in a pocket.
But why the Oasis?
Once I realized the Kindle was the future of my reading, I used it for years – until I dropped it on a mountain path and watched it crumble in the foot of a rocky outcrop. I don’t think he’s completely devastated – I was Kindle-deprived. A replacement was needed – and I wanted full functionality.
The tactile click of buttons had become like a replacement for the act of page turning for me
I wanted warm light, I wanted a strong aluminum chassis, and most importantly, I still wanted buttons. The tactile click of the buttons had become for me like a substitute for the act of turning the page – I don’t think I could live without it. When I went shopping, I looked at the entire Kindle line – and each had at least one of my requirements. Only one, however, had them all – the Kindle Oasis.
Its sleek aluminum shell is a joy to hold, the e-ink display is the clearest I’ve seen on an eReader, and the warm light does a surprisingly good job of making eye strain a thing of the past. while you read in the dark. I wish it had a USB-C charging port (it stays with a micro USB connector) and the Bluetooth connection it has, for some reason, is useless.
And the other Kindles?
They are awesome! But these are not the Oases. If you’re looking for a way to dip your toes into the joys of reading on an e-ink display, then the basic kindle model is an absolute steal right now for $45 from Amazon on Prime Day. It even has front lighting, so you won’t need to buy additional lighting. It has everything you need in an eReader, but nothing you might want. Nothing more. Nothing that says “I read books all the time”. The basic Kindle is a good device and probably good for almost anyone, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll want something more.
The Kindle Paperwhite is also a solid e-reader – it’s up to $95 on Amazon right now in the Prime Day sale, and it features some of the best aspects of the Kindle Oasis. There’s an adjustable warm light for reading in the dark and a 6.7-inch screen that covers the front of the device – but that’s the problem. There are no buttons to bring at least some of the physical feeling of reading a book. Again, the Kindle Paperwhite is an amazing device – it just doesn’t offer enough over the base model to make it worthwhile.
The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is not worth the money. At the moment it’s barely cheaper than the Oasis, and the only feature you gain is wireless charging and a USB-C charging port. If it wasn’t $135 on Amazon, it would be worth it. But for $40 more with the Oasis, you earn a whole lot more.
There’s more heft to the Oasis, with its aluminum shell, and the light is easier on the eyes thanks to the extra LEDs Amazon has packed next to the screen. It has that great feel, with an ergonomic shape that hugs and rotates around your hand to make reading even more comfortable than reading a book. Sure, you can use the screen to turn your pages, but there are two wonderfully clicky buttons that do a much better job in the enlarged bezel on the right side of the device. left-handed? No worries, flip the device over and the screen straightens out, and the buttons are on the correct side.
Look, buy the Oasis.
Do you need to buy the Kindle Oasis? No, if you need a portable reading device, skip the white paper and go for the basic model. It has a light and costs less than half the price of its big brother. If you’re looking for the best experience an e-reader can provide, buy the Kindle Oasis. It’s beautiful, comfortable, and currently $75 off.
Please don’t read on your iPad. Your eyes will hate you.
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