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A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

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Kindle Oasis 2017 (3G) review by FearIndex
« on: November 06, 2017, 05:17:45 AM »
Hello guys! As those who've read my signature reviews know, I too am a long-time Kindle reader who has had a mixed history with front-lit Kindles, but begrudgingly gotten used to them over time - and happily noted sufficient quality progress to make this issue mostly go away. I am still quite anxious about new Kindles when they arrive, whether or not the screen will pass muster, as quite a bit of individual variation has existed between units...

Long story short, got the new Kindle Oasis (3G, no ads) again with one of the Amazon (cloth) covers. This replaces my old Kindle Oasis as a daily reader, which had the black leather cover. I went with a cloth cover this time, not due to price, but due to my wish for a little bit of change. The texture of the cloth covers seemed nice in the pictures and in real-life it did not disappoint. This is by far my most favorite cover of all Kindles (and that's saying a lot because I used to love the integrated light in older basic Kindle covers)... I'm not quite as big a fan of the aluminium of the actual device as a look, but it is OK. The important part, what I see when reading, looks very nice.

The new cover does feature the standing-up action, a bit similar (but less fidgety) than the Kindle Voyage cover, but blissfully this time implemented in such a manner that the feature can be ignored. I don't need it, so I'll just never twist the cover in that direction... The cover connects in a magnetic action nearly (but not quite) as satisfying as the original Oasis, but of course this time the cover does not have a battery, which I don't either like or dislike. Together these are indeed somewhat heavier and thicker than the old Oasis (combined weight 305 g vs. 236 g for the old), but it is OK. Charging has moved from top to bottom - I would have welcomed a USB-C connector, but again, this is fine.

Biggest deal, apart from being This Year's Kindle (always a Yay!), is of course the larger screen. As some may recall, I did like the Kobo Aura H2O (see my signature) with its 6.8" screen. I haven't used it that much recently, but it has remained the best e-ink screen on any device I own - it is just that its ecosystem or software are not a match for Amazon. Anyway, the funky old Kindle DX aside (that's too big for normal books), Amazon just hasn't had larger screens and I was really looking forward to getting one...

I am happy to say the screen is very nice. Now, let's be honest, the lighting once again isn't perfectly even - there is a gradient towards the left, but mine doesn't have any big anomalies and has less stagelighting on the right compared to my old Kindle Oasis. Lower edge of the screen is a tad bit brighter than the rest of the gradient on full blast, but then I never use it on full blast. No pinholes, dirt stuck inside the screen and no tilted screen. It is once again a good enough screen in this regard. And looking beyond that, I am very happy to report it brings with itself its own rewards: it really is a subtle but really appreciable change size-wise. Someone mentioned that it looks more like a book now and I must agree it does.

The new features, Audible support (also for the old Oasis, nice touch that) and the Voyage-like light sensor I don't find interesting and don't expect to use, but they are welcome and result in one less thing for anyone to consider between Voyage and Oasis or an older audio-enabled Kindle. I also appreciate the new software features to adjust font boldness etc., though I thought the default settings still look pretty nice with maybe a font change. Mine did ship with the old firmware, so it took an upgrade to 5.9.2 to get the boldness adjustment etc., and this was available from the get-go through the menu.

No question about it, this is a keeper and is now my daily reader. A good, solid upgrade. Also, it is noticeably snappier at changing pages compared to the old Oasis, even when using the full-screen refresh I like to use. So, all in all, a good buy!

p.s. I loved the glossy printing of the boy reading the book under the tree inside the Kindle Oasis box. A nice touch.

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Re: Kindle Oasis 2017 (3G) review by FearIndex
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2017, 07:08:22 AM »
One addition: This is just something to get used to, but I did like the longer page turn buttons the old Oasis has more than the shorter, smaller ones in the new Oasis. The older page turn buttons were more reminiscent of the old Kindle forward button, which was nice.

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Re: Kindle Oasis 2017 (3G) review by FearIndex
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2017, 02:04:08 PM »
The page buttons and the added screen size and heft of the device have caused me to change to "default" page change key layout instead of "reversed", which I used in the beginning and on the old Oasis. The default layout gives a better grip of the vast device...

Takes some getting used to, though. For me the "button below" has been next page since Kindle 2... :)

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Re: Kindle Oasis 2017 (3G) review by FearIndex
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2017, 02:30:52 PM »
I always had the old Oasis with bottom forward. With the new one, I thought I like it better top forward. But now I am back to bottom. So I guess that is reverse, not default. All kindles had bottom forward, didn't they? Don't know why they have the opposite as default. My  hand isn't big enough to have forward on top. But I am not 100% settled on that issue. 80%.  8)

I agree about the buttons, I would have liked them to be the same length as the old Oasis, just a tad bigger. I think they were a wee bit quieter that way too. But it works for me. My thumb gets there. But only to the forward. I have to do something else to go back. On the old one, I was able to have the thumb in between. On the new one, only way I can do that is to use top forward paging, but then it won't fit in my hand well. But I don't go back to often. I just have small hands. Otherwise the grip and all that works fine for my small hands.

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Re: Kindle Oasis 2017 (3G) review by FearIndex
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2017, 12:13:29 PM »
I always had the old Oasis with bottom forward. With the new one, I thought I like it better top forward. But now I am back to bottom. So I guess that is reverse, not default. All kindles had bottom forward, didn't they? Don't know why they have the opposite as default. My  hand isn't big enough to have forward on top. But I am not 100% settled on that issue. 80%.  8)

I agree about the buttons, I would have liked them to be the same length as the old Oasis, just a tad bigger. I think they were a wee bit quieter that way too. But it works for me. My thumb gets there. But only to the forward. I have to do something else to go back. On the old one, I was able to have the thumb in between. On the new one, only way I can do that is to use top forward paging, but then it won't fit in my hand well. But I don't go back to often. I just have small hands. Otherwise the grip and all that works fine for my small hands.

Yes, agreed that for whatever reason both Oasis 2016 and 2017 have the top page change button as default forward (so bottom as forward is "reversed" mode), but it wasn't always like this as you point out - all the old basic Kindles starting with Kindle 2 had bottom button as forward and top as backward (or home), though the first Kindle was a bit of an exception because it had this only on the left side and on the right side there was just a biiiig next button and a very small home button beneath it...

Anyway, even with these minor gripes I welcome the fact that there ARE page change buttons. :) Let us not forget those dark ages in-between when we were without...