I can't lie. I am the type of person that just spends way too much time stressing over not having the latest generation of kindle! I thought I would give this newest one a chance. After all, I knew I could send it back if I hated it...I also believe that Bezos and others actually listen to us when we tell them what our issues are with products. If they didn't fix the oasis, no one would be willing to pay that money for it, the previous issues had to be addressed. So I bit the bullet and saved my pennies and purchased this new one.
I have to say, after downloading books and setting up probably a dozen kindles (for kids, co-workers, in-laws, husbands, and myself) this is the easiest and fasted kindle I've ever set up. Downloading was super quick (and I kid you not, I have thousands of books on my account and computer). There was no lagging whilst scrolling the cloud and having dozens of books download at the same time. This has always been an issue for me in the past. There was no indexing issues (I actually had to send back 3 paperwhites when they came out because they would not index due to my large library, a little known software issue that didn't effect all kindles, but obviously I was unlucky, my battery would run out within a day). There is no issue with page turns or accessing my home pages on this thing, even whilst downloading multiple books. It works lightening fast and I have to say I absolutely love this thing. It's hands down my favourite yet. I never thought I could say that about another kindle as I love my voyage(s).
I waited a week to post this as I wanted to make sure I gave not only an honest review, but an accurate one as well.
This warm lighting...wow....but first, let me say, the lighting on this oasis and my voyage(s) is still different. I think this oasis is closer than the one I sent back last year, however, it too, is still nowhere near as bright as my voyage(s). However, I am getting used to this. It's time to admit to everyone that I am not as young as I used to be. When I read at night, my eyes burn and water like mad. It used to mean that I only read about 10 minutes at night before I just gave up and turned off my kindle. I honestly had no idea that this warm lighting would completely change my reading experience at night. I guess maybe I'm clueless because I honestly had no idea that the backlighting would be the cause of my burning/watering eyes. Now I know. The problem has completely disappeared now with me just turning up the warm lighting to about 6. I am now able to read at night with no issues. It was an unexpected surprise and one that I would gladly pay for all over again in the price of the kindle. Until I had this warm lighting I just didn't realise how much I was missing the enjoyment of reading at night.
There is one thing I can fault. It's not all good news here...my oasis does not wake up. I don't believe it's the case (which I love, I have the Atotu fabric case which sits flush with the back making it flat. I've tried to wake it up using a different case that I know worked with the previous oasis generation. I just think it's my kindle. However, even though I find this super annoying, I can't knock it down even one star, because I am so pleased with this kindle in every other way. At the end of the day, having to push the on button to wake it isn't really the end of the world...annoying yes, dealbreaker no.
I still think it's rather expensive (this is like a week and a half's pay for me!!!). Having said that, it's my form of enjoyment. I don't really go out much for meals, I don't smoke, I don't collect Pokémon or anything like that...so this is it...I read...and this device makes reading a joy for me...
I'm not having any issues with the battery life. Honestly I've only had to charge it once and that's with me having downloaded hundreds of books.
I am not regretting a single pence I spent on this oasis and I hope I have it for years to come.