Customer Review

Reviewed in Australia on 22 August 2019
This is my second Oasis, after buying the 1st Gen when it was released. These are lovely devices, although I'm not sure I can wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone who doesn't have the money to spend on a luxury item. If you read every day and want to own the best of the best, then this is a nice gift for yourself. But the Paperwhite is definitely better value for money and there's not a significant enough difference in quality to justify the price hike.

The big thing to remember with Kindles is that the quality control is not great. I received my third gen and the power button was loose enough that it rattled when moving around. I was sent a replacement and while the power button was better (although still a little loose) the colour of the backlight was completely different from the one I received a few days earlier (a lot colder and pinkish in places), and also less consistent across the screen. In the end, instead of trying again for a perfect device, I've opted to keep the original device with its loose power button because this bothers me less than the bad backlighting.

If this device was a Paperwhite, these hardware issues would be less important. But again, this is a luxury device and I think you have a right to expect something at this price range to be close to perfect. Amazon customer service is always excellent though, and this goes a long way. Just be warned that it can be a bit of a crapshoot when you buy.
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