5 Flaws of Kindle Oasis You Can’t Ignore

Kindle oasis pros and cons

When Amazon released Kindle Oasis, people are all focusing on its new characters and features, just like when you fall in love with a girl, you will be always only seeing her perfection. However, when you live together, you started seeing the flaws you ignored before.

First of all, Amazon is a honest enterprise, or we won’t be able to see those negative feedbacks on the product page of Kindle Oasis. According to those feedbacks, I compiled this post, hope it helps you before making the purchase decision.

Problem One: Light Leak

Among those problems of Kindle Oasis, the most complaining one is the light leak problem. In fact, this problem also exists in other generations of Kindle. Kindle Oasis has got more built-in lights than other Kindles, so this problem is getting more serious.

Amazon says “It features 60% more LEDs than any other Kindle, increasing the consistency and range of screen brightness”, yes it’s getting 60% brighter, it also leaks 60% more light.

Problem Two: Unbalanced Light

This is also a problem with long history, “Unbalanced Light” means parts of the screen is obviously brighter than other parts, sometimes it’s yellow and white.

This problem is hard to find out on Kindle Paperwhite, but it’s noticed by many users on Kindle Voyage, on Kindle Oasis it’s getting even worse.

Problem Three: Battery Life

I still remember how Amazon promote Kindle Oasis battery — “Dual-battery charging system delivers months of battery life—our longest ever”. Looks like awesome, isn’t it?

Let’s check the battery capacity of each generation of Kindle:

  • Kindle Oasis: 250mAh(built-in battery) + 1290mAh(in-case battery)
  • Kindle Voyage: 1320mAh
  • Kindle Paperwhite: 1420mAh
  • Kindle: 890mAh

The so-called “longest ever” battery is just 20mAh larger then Kindle Voyage, so I don’t think it makes much difference.

Kindle Oasis can’t live without the leather case, but with the case, I can’t feel the thinness and light-weight of Kindle Oasis. Another problem is: when the leather case’s battery is running out, the built-in case still has 90% battery, in this case, should I charge it? If I continue to use it, will I damage the in-case battery?

Problem Four: Light Spot

Many Kindle Oasis users reported this problem: there are some tiny spots on Kindle Oasis screen, and the spots are obviously brighter.

Yes it’s no big deal and it doesn’t heavily affect our reading experience, but I am not happy when seeing them.

Problem Five: Apperance

Alright, this hardly can be a problem, that’s why I put it at the last place. I am not talking about the squared shape, in fact it’s the gap, the gap between screen and frame. The gap is even bigger than my Kindle Voyage, and the agglutinate place looks pretty rough.

The Bottom Line

To say it straightly, I am disappointed with Kindle Oasis, it can’t attract me at all. I can replace my iPhone with a single black spot on the screen, but for Kindle, they customer support just keep repeating “it’s normal, we will work hard to make it better”. I am happy to see Kindle is taking more and more market share, but Amazon should not stop making Kindle a greater gadget. Just like that saying, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”.

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