I’m very happy with it and it has some great features.
I do like the adjustable amber tint, but I also really like the ability to invert the colors to white print on a black background. This is even easier on the eyes, but it does have a noticeable (and irritating) white flash every few page turns when using the buttons, and almost with every page turn when advancing with the touch screen. I believe this is the e-ink refreshing. I will probably use the black inverted color only when I’m reading outside in bright sunlight.
I also am really happy to have buttons to turn the page again. It’s the ultimate laziness to be able to just keep your thumb in the button and depress it to turn the page instead of having to actually move your thumb a half inch to touch the screen, but hey, why move a half inch when your can push down 1/16th of an inch? All that extra movement add up over the years.
The real reason I like the buttons is this: I live in Alaska and we have very long, cold nights. But even in the winter, we turn down the heat at night. I read in bed every single night, tucked all cozy and warm under my down comforter... except for having to have my hand out in order to touch the screen on my Paperwhite to turn the page. My hand starts to get very cold. It’s uncomfortable. My half frozen hand takes away from my happy bedtime reading experience. With the Oasis, I can keep my hand under the blankets and just push the button. You don’t know what a big deal this is until you spend night after night with a frozen hand.
I also like that you can select which button to the the page advance button and which is the page back button. The Oasis comes set up with the top button as the page advance and the bottom as the page back, but I switched them: the bottom is the advance, the top is the back. I hold my ereaders at the bottom sides, and had to stretch my thumb to advance the page when it was set for the top button. It’s just easier and more comfortable to use the bottom button. And this is cool: the bottom button stays as my page advance button even when I rotate the Oasis 180 to use left handed!! Smart!!
Others have covered the size and weight so I won’t go it I all that except to say it’s comfortable to hold. I do use the official Amazon Premium leather cover and it fits perfectly, and the magnetic closure/sleep/wake functions work perfectly also.
Dislike: Nothing with the ereader itself, but with however Amazon picks the “special offers”. From what I read, these offers are supposed to be tailored off of a person’s reading history/preferences. I may be wrong.
The books they are featuring for me are “romance” genre. I am sooo not a romance genre girl. I don’t believe I’ve ever purchased this genre in my life. I’m a hardcore sci-fi/dystopian. I have an adverse reaction when I see romance special offer.
Other than that, some of the complaints by others leaves me wondering.
I just don’t think it’s THAT big of deal that it has a micro usb. Really, it’s just not that hard to figure out the big end of the cable from the small end. As for charging speed, charge mine while I’m sleeping at night so it doesn’t matter if it takes 1 hour or 4. I suppose having to carry a micro usb cord and charger when other devices use a usb-c cord/charger may be annoying but I think I can find 2 square inches in my purse/pocket/bag/backpack for it.
Also remember that this is an e-reader. It’s not a tablet, computer or smartphone, nor does it make any claims to be. Expecting an ereader to function basically like a computer/tablet/smartphone is expecting too much. It does an outstanding job at doing it’s job as an ereader.
I have sent many different type of files to my Paperwhite using my kindle email address and it’s worked excellent with that old ereader, so I expect this new Oasis will do excellent with those as well.
My suggestion is to read the description fully and know what you are getting and what you aren’t.
If your reading experience will be destroyed because this doesn’t have (nor claim to have) a usb-c, then this isn’t the ereader for you.
If you want it to be like a tablet or smartphone or computer, this isn’t the ereader for you.
But if you love reading and buy this for what it’s made for, I can recommend it.
Definitely look into getting a discount by trading in any unused kindles, and take advantage of the free Kindle Unlimited and Audible while they are available to offset the cost even more.