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New Oasis? Warm Light? Just the facts.
Reviewed in Canada on July 29, 2019
UPDATE 3 (06Aug2019): Still loving it but missed the origami case on the Forma and Aura ONE. Tried Fintie and Moko. Ended up keeping the Moko origami case. Works well but doesn’t have sleep/wake for this gen Oasis. I can live with that.
UPDATE 2 (30July2019): If you’re a Kobo fan that is tired of the uneven backlight (especially ComfortLight Pro), you will be blown away by how even it is on the Oasis 2. No more banding, blotchy night mode. I’ve had to reconvert some of my library to AZW3 format to support custom fonts, but well worth it.
UPDATE 1 (30July2019): Just finished a novel and comic on this fellow with illustrations and IT IS FAST! Oh my gosh, I've forgotten how slick the (ok, and restrictive) OS is on the Kindles. Page turns, rendering, reading Archie Double Digest's... so quick. It's a huge strike against the Kobo Forma. The Experimental Browser in the Kindle's are also poor compared to the Kobo. The Kobo can reflow pages in some of the more difficult blogs, but the Kindle can't do it well.
As a bit of an e-reader geek, I've been through (and still have) the Kindle, Paperwhite, Voyage, Oasis, Clara HD, Aura ONE and Forma. I currently have the Forma as the day to day. Just the facts then:
- Apple-like build quality. Sure, it's cold without a case (metal back) but the build quality is very solid. No creaks or squeaks unlike the Kobo line.
- Quick UI (compared to Kobo). Simple things like typing on the keyboard has a much better response time.
- WhisperSync across books/Kindle readers/Kindle apps. This was a boon for me because sometimes I would read on the iPhone and things simply sync'd up. Not so on the Kobo, but may not be a big deal for some.
- Water resistant -- still, don't bring it to the beach or be careful since sand is very abrasive!
- Warm light. I said when the Kindle's get warm light, I'd jump ship right back... and I did. It's an absolute boon if you're reading in dim light or in the evening. It's jarring when all your other devices (laptop, tablet, phone, etc) now have "night shift" to warmer tones but your reader is white/blue.
- Email/send-to-Kindle ability. Useful.
- Great screen size for comics and Manga.
- Page turn buttons. Good for me, maybe not for some. Very satisfying click VS spongy on the Kobo Forma.
- Audible support. I've used it once only, but it's still a PRO.
- Backlight uniformity -- ESPECIALLY in warm mode. None of the other devices have a uniform warm light. The Clara HD is ok but has a low LED count so it's not uniform. The Aura ONE has multiple colors (green... orange... etc). The Forma has a different dark band down one side. AMAZON has got it right!
- Expensive. It's like Android tablet vs iPad. Sure, the Android tablet could do but premium build comes premium price.
- Large -- but still smaller screen than Forma.
- No Pocket integration. There are free sync tools, but I will miss this.
- No OverDrive integration. Fortunately, I do not use it often but it can be a DEALBREAKER for folks.
- Limited "sideload" manageability. That is, you cannot customize the shelves/collections using software such as Calibre. You have to sideload and then move things where you want them manually. I will miss this the most moving away from the Kobo Forma.
Overall, I will stick with the new Oasis unless there are some major technical issues. All my previous Oasis cases and magnetic covers fit. Welcome back, Kindle!