I pre-ordered the new Kindle Oasis right after its release, as Amazon offered a 5-month payment promotion during the first week or two. It has some requirements for someone to be eligible for this promotion, but it is very easy to meet. And you could split the payment into five months without interest. In this way, I chose the top model, the LTE version with 32 GB memory and no special offer. After 3-week waiting, I finally received it today. I should have received it yesterday if UPS hadn’t screwed the shipment. I was quite unhappy with that, so I complained it to Amazon and they offered me a 10$ compensate. And in the evening I spent that money with additional 10$ to remove the Special Offer from my old Oasis. I just cannot stop myself from giving money to this company. LOL.
Unfortunately, I haven’t received the Merlot Leather cover yet. I pre-ordered it quite late, almost near the release date. Clearly, Amazon didn’t expect the demand—currently, it will be in stock on Dec. 12th. The other good-looking one, which is the Fabric version in Charcoal, will be in stock on Nov. 24th. The rest covers are all in stock currently. It seems that other colors are, in some sense, totally a failure… Indeed, they are quite, hmm, ugly, I would say. So I am currently using my old Oasis Battery Cover to protect the screen whenever I go out. It’s not an elegant solution, but as long as I want to protect the screen a little bit when keeping the new one in my bag, it works.
I am quite satisfied with the new Oasis as a traditional E-Reader, it works perfectly. The new 7-inch display is gorgeous. It is larger, and I can keep the same amount of contents on the same screen with larger fonts. And the light distributes is much more even than the previous one. The old Oasis (the one I owned, of course) is terrible compared in background light compared with this version. I like the new metal design. Although heavier than the previous generation, it is somehow easier to hold than the previous generation. The center of gravity is closer to your hand. Therefore, when you lie on the bed, it is less likely that the Kindle will flip over your hand. Also, I think I like the weight in general and it just feels good.
However, there are some dissatisfactions as well. First of all, it is quite easy for me to mis-touch the screen when I am holding the device, and this never happens in the previous one. I don’t know why. Second, I think they should re-distribute the regions of functions for the whole screen reading since the screen is larger, namely making the area that lets you call out the menu larger and lower. It is very a little bit difficult for me to call out the menu during reading without changing the position of my hand.
Unfortunately, I think most of the new features the new Kindle Oasis has are literally shit. You cannot download Audible via cellular, which is very disappointing. You cannot listen to the audiobook while reading the text and the audio does not support background play—if you want to change some settings in the Setting or view the Goodreads, the audio will stop. The experience of invert black and white is also horrible, I just constantly see large white blank appear and disappear when turning the pages. And the Bluetooth connection seems not that good. I tested it using my AirPods, and I feel like the connection is not as good as the iPhone (of course iPhone gets the buff, but anyway), and I sometimes hear small noises caused by unstable connections from the AirPods.
In general, if you read a lot and want a larger display, it definitely worths upgrading. It just feels so good. But if you are interested in the new functions, I don’t think it is a good idea. The old Oasis will receive Audible support soon (I think it’s this month) and the invert black and white just doesn’t work that well. I probably will write a detailed feedback to Amazon when I get time, hoping that they can improve the experience of Audible a little bit.
A Quick Update:
About battery life, I think the battery drains super fast for audible feature. Although I haven’t tested it, I suspect it won’t last for half a day.