Amazon's Kindle Oasis is the pinnacle of the company's electronic readers (and given Amazon's own dominance in space, also the best electronic reader you can buy, a complete stop). The unique features of Oasis after launching the second-generation model in 2017, how to keep Oasis on top?
Well, if you're Amazon, the answer seems to be "make the screen more yellow."
For third-generation Oasis, Amazon has made only one real change: the new model can adjust the color temperature of the display by coloring it yellow. This is a similar function of f.lux or your phone's night mode designed to reduce the brighter night light by replacing it with a warmer, lighter tone.
If you're someone who prefers existing night mode systems for computers and phones, you'll probably be a fan of Heat Reading at night – less blue light has a positive effect on sleep patterns and reduces eye strain.
But I kept the warmer light even during the day for a much simpler reason: it turns out that the light yellow hue is the missing ingredient to help the already good Kindle display look like real paper.
As a longtime Kindle user, the Kindle's regular display never bothered me until I started using a warmer display on the new Oasis. Compared to the other, the old Oasis now appears washed, with a painful gray background for the text at lower brightness and white as a body at higher.
The New Oasis does not have this problem. Using the color temperature option, it can reproduce this slightly white color that actual books have instead of snow-white quality on older Amazon screens. Considering the choice between the two displays, I reached the new Oasis every time. This is insidious, but it makes a big difference in whatever part of my brain is treating something like a "book" rather than a "screen".
effect, and it takes some time to revolve with the brightness and temperature settings for any ambient light. But when everything comes together, Kindle's promise is real: a digital book that looks like paper. Or not paper, but paper, what it should be, with an internal glow that never strains your eyes and that there is every book you can imagine packed inside. (Sometimes the settings are not correct and you have a strangely lit, yellowish-white rectangle rather than strangely bright white but at least still a little better for your eyes.)
If this review is oddly focused on a single feature, because Amazon left the Kindle Oasis exterior design unchanged from 2017 to the point where, if the previewed units were not different colors, it would be impossible to distinguish them from sight.
There is only one other change in the Oasis 2019: update of "Next-Generation e-Ink Fast Reverse Turnaround Technology," according to Amazon. Testing the two head-to-head devices, the newer model feels faster than the old one on the refresh pages, but if Amazon does not call it in its PR, it's not something I would ever notice on my own. And if you have the previous generation Oasis, it is virtually impossible to recommend reducing the $ 250 on the new model.
Now the lack of change can be seen as a good thing: the Amazon hardware is as excellent as it was in 2017. The one-handed design still fits perfectly into your hand, with the physical buttons for turning the pages perfectly located below. Your thumb (a luxury that I would like Amazon to cover its cheaper devices).
The 300ppi E ink display still looks crisp and clear, and the screen is still a soft glass, with light fed by 12 hidden LEDs that distribute the light evenly across the display.
The hardware is still rated for IPX8 waterproofing, so it will survive a day on the beach or with a pool or evening reading in the bathroom as well as the previous model. The software is the same (the slightly upgraded Kindle operating system launched by Amazon earlier this year and adding several settings to adjust the size and layout of the text). And while I did not have enough time to test battery life in the new Oasis, I have all the expectation that it will still be measured in weeks rather than days.
And yet, despite "if not broken, you do not fix it" Amazon's mentality doubles from his previous success, but I can not wish the company tried a bit – hard to improve things. Two years later, and the list of Kindle flaws becomes increasingly absurd.
Somewhat of a luxury Kindle of $ 250 still can not connect to 5GHz Wi-Fi networks. The lack of USB-C on brand new hardware that is expected to remain on customers is just as important as the relatively stagnant software. And with two years of R & D time, there was no opportunity to shave the talk of the sides on the display, or even slightly refine the design?
The New Oasis is good, but feels like Amazon here. Without any real competitive pressure, he can afford to release a more lazy update, adding only features that allow him to stay in front of the closest thing to his rival, Kobo, who offers a similar function to the blue light for a while. ,
The new feature also helps Oasis stand out from Amazon's only real competition: its own Kindle Paperwhite, which has the same 300ppi display, waterproofing and feature like Oasis for part of the price. This was true in 2017 and is still true today: Unless you value Oasis design, buttons or extra inch on screen to pay a huge premium, Paperwhite is Kindle for most people who can buy, adjustable color temperature or not,
The Kindle oasis is supposed to be the Kindle you're aiming for. While Paperwhite – smaller, cheaper and more plastic – is Amazon's best-selling electronic reader, Oasis is the one that customers want. The new screen helps to get even more, offering the closest experience of reading a real piece of paper. But at the end of the day, the price and lack of differentiation, both in the former Oasis and in the cheaper Paperwhite, make it hard for everyone but the most dedicated Kindle readers.
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