I read a lot of books – when I’m not at my desk, I usually read. I try to make an equal split between fantasy and real, but in the last couple of years I’ve veered pretty hard towards the former.
I got into the e-reader bandwagon early on because of the inherent convenience. I used to buy a lot of hardcover, but it soon became clear that it wasn’t practical – especially considering the fact that I was traveling a lot.
So came the switch to Kindle. I got my first Kindle about a decade ago, and while it wasn’t anywhere as polished as current models, the E Ink screen was a revelation. It was significantly easier to read as there was no LED glare, and the technology did a good job of simulating the feel of the book. I bought every new generation when it was released, and in the past four years I’ve mostly used Kindle Oasis and Oasis 2019.
There is a good reason for that. While all Kindles have good pixel density and the same caliber as the E Ink screen, Oasis stands out for several main reasons: The asymmetrical design with internal hardware hidden to one side makes it easy to carry and use.
The display has 24 LED lights integrated around the sides, and the Oasis 2019 has an amazing warm lighting feature. The warm light simulates the feel of the book incredibly well, and makes it easy to read all day long. On that front, the dark mode is an exciting new addition, and I’ve used it exclusively for the past 12 months.
There’s also a built-in accelerometer that changes direction automatically based on which hand the Oasis is holding, and in a similar way, an ambient light sensor automatically adjusts brightness. These are little features that go a long way in everyday use.
But the main thing that distinguishes me is the page turn buttons. There’s the fun of physically pressing a button to turn the page that you don’t get with Kindles for beginners, and that alone makes Oasis worth its high price tag.
You get a level of touch with the buttons that make reading the e-book even more immersive. And while Kindles all do a great job at being an e-reader, the extras you get with Oasis make them worthwhile — especially considering that they Available for $174 (Opens in a new tab).
The e-reader is designed to do one thing well, and Oasis takes that to a whole new level. I’ve used the Oasis 2019 for nearly three years, and it’s still durable in everyday use. There are no build quality issues, and I still got up to a week of battery life between charges.
If you are considering an e-reader or considering an upgrade, Oasis is the way to go. It costs a lot, but the fun you get from using it is well worth the asking price. This is really one of the most used products in my house, and I have more technology than most gadget stores.