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Re: New oasis -- First Impressions
« Reply #25 on: November 01, 2017, 04:15:33 PM »
Hmm. Might have another battery problem here. Charged my new Oasis all the way and left it for three hours in Airplane mode. Just turned it on and the battery is at 78%. No books are indexing.

Any ideas? Anyone else having this issue?

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Re: New oasis -- First Impressions
« Reply #26 on: November 01, 2017, 04:36:00 PM »
Darn, I am so upset. Having had a stressful day at the hospital already, checked my new Oasis that arrived today and it has a stupid black dot smack in the middle of the screen. I can't unsee it. I don't know if its something under the screen, or a stuck "pixel" or whatever those things are called. Not dirt, I cleaned the screen.  I feel so unlucky as everyone else seems to have gotten great devices. Now I am too stressed out to call. I have severe phone phobia as it is so now I am going to gnaw this over all night til tomorrow. They probably gonna give me the runaround and not have any in stock anymore.

I could have used some luck and good news today. Darn.  :(

I was so happy as it feels so great and looks so good and everything worked and the screen is even and all but that spot is just always there staring at me.

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Re: New oasis -- First Impressions
« Reply #27 on: November 01, 2017, 04:52:16 PM »
Darn, I am so upset. Having had a stressful day at the hospital already, checked my new Oasis that arrived today and it has a stupid black dot smack in the middle of the screen. I can't unsee it. I don't know if its something under the screen, or a stuck "pixel" or whatever those things are called. Not dirt, I cleaned the screen.  I feel so unlucky as everyone else seems to have gotten great devices. Now I am too stressed out to call. I have severe phone phobia as it is so now I am going to gnaw this over all night til tomorrow. They probably gonna give me the runaround and not have any in stock anymore.

I could have used some luck and good news today. Darn.  :(

I was so happy as it feels so great and looks so good and everything worked and the screen is even and all but that spot is just always there staring at me.

That sucks!

Have you tried inverted text. Maybe it's a stick pixel.

Have you tried restarting the device? Is it there through out the restart process.

Good luck!


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Re: New oasis -- First Impressions
« Reply #28 on: November 01, 2017, 04:59:06 PM »
That sucks!

Have you tried inverted text. Maybe it's a stick pixel.

Have you tried restarting the device? Is it there through out the restart process.

Good luck!


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Its always there, even when its turned off. I think its something under the screen. Restarting, reverting doesn't do anything. I can see kind of a shadow underneath. Its just there.  :(

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Re: New oasis -- First Impressions
« Reply #29 on: November 01, 2017, 07:05:25 PM »
Ann, to warm up your cold Oasis, do your hands warm it up. Might try blowing hot air on it. Like our flutes -- often cold right out of the case, so we blow air through it  to warm it before playing.  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: New oasis -- First Impressions
« Reply #30 on: November 01, 2017, 07:51:35 PM »
I received my Oasis 2 yesterday and am loving the bigger screen. The weight doesn't bother me as I have the Oasis 1 and typically read with the Amazon battery case on. I agree with others than the cold feel is a bit distracting. Not a fan of the fingerprints either. I am planning to put a skin on as I did with my Oasis 1. Decal Girl said they will be available in a week or two. :)

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Re: New oasis -- First Impressions
« Reply #31 on: November 01, 2017, 08:24:51 PM »
Its always there, even when its turned off. I think its something under the screen. Restarting, reverting doesn't do anything. I can see kind of a shadow underneath. Its just there.  :(

Its always there, even when its turned off. I think its something under the screen. Restarting, reverting doesn't do anything. I can see kind of a shadow underneath. Its just there.  :(

Atunah, I'm so sorry to hear. Nothing worse than getting a defective product. That's awful. If you're phone averse, they have that online chat thing you can do and can walk through your need for a replacement that way. Back in the Voyage days when i kept returning them over and over, I always went that route and never called via phone. Perhaps a way you could avoid the anxiety of dealing with a phone person that way. Sorry again.
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Re: New oasis -- First Impressions
« Reply #32 on: November 02, 2017, 04:52:42 AM »
Its always there, even when its turned off. I think its something under the screen. Restarting, reverting doesn't do anything. I can see kind of a shadow underneath. Its just there.  :(

I second using the online chat to get a replacement. I've returned too many to count and have always done it via chat. It's easy and stress-free!

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Re: New oasis -- First Impressions
« Reply #33 on: November 02, 2017, 05:13:12 AM »
Ann, to warm up your cold Oasis, do your hands warm it up. Might try blowing hot air on it. Like our flutes -- often cold right out of the case, so we blow air through it  to warm it before playing.  ;D ;D ;D

Yeah, my hand warms it up, and then my hand gets cold.

I guess I could breathe heavily on it . . .it's waterproof so the moisture won't bother it. But . . . . I feel like I shouldn't have to do that. :)

I received my Oasis 2 yesterday and am loving the bigger screen. The weight doesn't bother me as I have the Oasis 1 and typically read with the Amazon battery case on. I agree with others than the cold feel is a bit distracting. Not a fan of the fingerprints either. I am planning to put a skin on as I did with my Oasis 1. Decal Girl said they will be available in a week or two. :)

And I know you'll let us know when they are. ;)

Also . . . another vote for chat to communicate with Amazon -- added advantage, you can SAVE the chat transcript in case there's a misunderstanding later. :)
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Re: New oasis -- First Impressions
« Reply #34 on: November 02, 2017, 05:13:54 AM »
Hmm. Might have another battery problem here. Charged my new Oasis all the way and left it for three hours in Airplane mode. Just turned it on and the battery is at 78%. No books are indexing.

Any ideas? Anyone else having this issue?

When I first got my Oasis, I charged it up to 85%, and then started some light reading . Went to bed. The battery seemed to drain very quickly...down to 58% by the next morning. Worried a bit, but charged it up again to full 100%.  After the second charge, it seems pretty good. After some heavy reading, it's down to 91%. I know things like brightness, maybe even the new bold setting, will have an effect on battery life. Obviously, if you continue to have problems, you should contact Amazon.
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Re: New oasis -- First Impressions
« Reply #35 on: November 02, 2017, 05:19:50 AM »
Hmm. Might have another battery problem here. Charged my new Oasis all the way and left it for three hours in Airplane mode. Just turned it on and the battery is at 78%. No books are indexing.

Any ideas? Anyone else having this issue?
Might it have been doing the update? I know when any of my devices do updates it makes the battery drain a bit but then it usually goes back to normal afterwards...

I am at 83% after about 2 days worth of heavy use. But I started at 100% and had already setup the entire thing and did update while it charged.

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« Reply #36 on: November 02, 2017, 05:59:33 AM »
Nope; it updated minutes after I unboxed it. It's still draining unreasonably fast. Light is usually at 12 - 16. Will do another full charge and see what happens before contacting Amazon.

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« Reply #37 on: November 02, 2017, 06:59:18 AM »
I'm still trying to decide on keeping the 2017 Oasis or my regular Oasis.  I like the size of the first better but I do like the waterproof part.  I don't like the cover at all.  It doesn't stay on when you bend it back like the first Oasis cover.  Also the stand on the cover doesn't work well.  I got the blue waterproof cover.

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« Reply #38 on: November 02, 2017, 07:02:05 AM »
I'm still trying to decide on keeping the 2017 Oasis or my regular Oasis.  I like the size of the first better but I do like the waterproof part.  I don't like the cover at all.  It doesn't stay on when you bend it back like the first Oasis cover.  Also the stand on the cover doesn't work well.  I got the blue waterproof cover.

I would return the new one so in a year from now I would have a better reason to upgrade to the newer model that will be released :)

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« Reply #39 on: November 02, 2017, 08:27:28 AM »
I'm still trying to decide on keeping the 2017 Oasis or my regular Oasis.  I like the size of the first better but I do like the waterproof part.  I don't like the cover at all.  It doesn't stay on when you bend it back like the first Oasis cover.  Also the stand on the cover doesn't work well.  I got the blue waterproof cover.

It's always something. Agree with you about the cover (I also have the blue cover). It comes off easily, and doesn't work that well as a stand. While I liked reading the Oasis 1 without a cover, so far I prefer reading Oasis 2 with the cover, because of the cold, aluminum hump. Folded back, the case covers all the metal backing. Plan on getting a skin when available, so this might change

That being said, I really like the size of the bigger screen, as well as the quality. The best looking screen I've had on any kindle.
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« Reply #40 on: November 02, 2017, 08:31:19 AM »
Yes it is an awesome ereader.  I'm just not sure I want to trade in my Oasis because of the size.  I wish they had better cases.

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« Reply #41 on: November 02, 2017, 09:00:29 AM »
so can of you lucky few see how comfortable it is to read with the new Oasis, lying on your back in bed, holding it with one hand over your head? it's the same weight as my Paperwhite, but i'm hoping the weight distribution will make it more comfortable to hold than the PW.

thanks for taking the time to try it out! (i currently hold my PW using an "L" via my thumb and pointer finger... i can use this grip for about 10-15 minutes, after which my hand/fingers are fatigued)

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« Reply #42 on: November 02, 2017, 09:20:28 AM »
I have had oasis 2 since tuesday and I love the size and the ease of reading with the extra size. I would add while I had it was never a big fan of the 1st one and this one is an improvement. I'm waiting for the cover (today delivery) but I have actually gotten comfortable with reading it as is with an odd across the bottom hold on one hand. My concern at present is the battery and it was a concern that I was never comfortable with Oasis 1...it seems as it leaks a little battery on screen saver. Not a lot but 1% here and there add up. I'm retired but I read in short bursts 30 min here, 15 there and 30 or better at bed time...the total time per the claims is about 20-25 hours and your mileage may vary. I think this is a great buy and I'm sure they (hopefully) will address the battery issue and I checked all the books I downloaded and none are indexing...I read at 13 or 14 lighting depending on the tiredness of my eyes and I'll add I have a dry eye condition. Good reader overall and I'm enjoying it , for me the size is what I like...

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« Reply #43 on: November 02, 2017, 09:31:06 AM »
I second using the online chat to get a replacement. I've returned too many to count and have always done it via chat. It's easy and stress-free!
Unfortunately its turning out to be just as stressful. I am not getting anywhere. First I couldn't even find the chat so I had to go through my devices and go through technical there, then I had to repeat everything 3 times and then he told me he transfers me to some specialist and now there is nothing. I can't type, chat seems frozen, says something cust9omer on hold and transfering and the dude left the building. I have no clue what to do now. I dont' even know if I picked the right chat, I can't even find the help section anymore on amazon. Used to be one phone number you call, now its all so weird.
phone/chat, all the same to me. I am about to give up here, not sure what to do now.

eta: Now trying for the 3rd time, 3rd person. Sigh.
Now transferred back to tech support, yet another person. I don't think they want to replace it. Keep asking if it works otherwise. I am about to just pay shipping and send it back. This is just so frustrating
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« Reply #44 on: November 02, 2017, 11:10:46 AM »
My first impression is regarding the weight/size compared to the first Oasis. I just unboxed it, but so far I can hardly tell a difference in the weight. I think thats because the new Oasis fits in my hand better. I read with my thumb next to the top button and on the original, the corner of the Oasis dug into the palm of my hand when held that way. The new one fits my whole hand on the side, so the corner is not digging.

I was also concerned about the coldness others have described, but I dont really notice that as being a problem either. I may skin it anyway though because the silver back is boring to me.

Im thrilled that I can use a bigger font size with more text on a page showing than on the original in a smaller font size!

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« Reply #45 on: November 02, 2017, 11:12:05 AM »
I emailed Decal Girl and they said they should have decals for these in about 2 weeks.

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« Reply #46 on: November 02, 2017, 11:12:57 AM »
Now I want better choices for cases.

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« Reply #47 on: November 02, 2017, 11:34:32 AM »
Unfortunately its turning out to be just as stressful. I am not getting anywhere. First I couldn't even find the chat so I had to go through my devices and go through technical there, then I had to repeat everything 3 times and then he told me he transfers me to some specialist and now there is nothing. I can't type, chat seems frozen, says something cust9omer on hold and transfering and the dude left the building. I have no clue what to do now. I dont' even know if I picked the right chat, I can't even find the help section anymore on amazon. Used to be one phone number you call, now its all so weird.
phone/chat, all the same to me. I am about to give up here, not sure what to do now.

eta: Now trying for the 3rd time, 3rd person. Sigh.
Now transferred back to tech support, yet another person. I don't think they want to replace it. Keep asking if it works otherwise. I am about to just pay shipping and send it back. This is just so frustrating

I don't know if this will help, but you should be able to initiate a chat through this screen.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/contact-us

If they are giving you pushback about an exchange, use stronger language - like severe screen defect.

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« Reply #48 on: November 02, 2017, 11:41:10 AM »
The thing is, with the cover off, it DOES fit very nicely in the hand -- except being cold and a bit slick I keep being afraid I'll drop it so I end up using the other hand to steady it. :( And, with the Amazon cover, the cold metal on the one edge would still be there.

Hmm. I have a real problem with cold hands. My Nexus 7 has an amazing nonslip rubbery cover.

I bet something like this could solve both problems:





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« Reply #49 on: November 02, 2017, 01:05:56 PM »
Hmm. I have a real problem with cold hands. My Nexus 7 has an amazing nonslip rubbery cover.

I bet something like this could solve both problems.

And, of course, there's always duct tape!  ???


Oh yeah! Those look promising if I can't find a suitable cover. Thanks!

(Duct tape would be less desirable -- except at least they do have colored versions now. :) )

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