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I can't even believe I'm writing this, but I've lost my Kindle Oasis. It HURTS me to type such a thing! (read more)
If you read any of the posts from Romance Week on the blog, you know what a voracious reader I am.
Pride and Prejudice Fan Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Ilona Andrews, Barbarian Romance, Romantic Suspense, Historical Romance, even Dual Timeline Romance. I blogged about all of them, because I'd read all of them.
Many times, probably.
Reading is my escape, it's what I do at the end of the day.
Losing my Kindle is like losing my best friend.
Sorry, Jenny. I'd be sadder if I lost you, for sure!
I've been a Kindle owner since the 1st generation came out. I just went back and looked at my Amazon orders.
This was my first Kindle, which I purchased in September of 2009.
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Do you guys even remember this thing? It had the joystick on the right, the page buttons, even the little keyboard, before they came up with the idea of having the keyboard be an optional screen instead of taking up all that space on the bottom.
I still have it somewhere. It didn't break, I just got a new one in July of 2010. I didn't even last a year with that first Kindle. I'm very disappointed in myself for this, but at the time, I just HAD to have the new one.
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Why I needed a new one, I have no idea. Probably because it was like a whole inch shorter or the screen was a half inch bigger, or the e-ink was a little easier to read.
I didn't order my next Kindle until July of 2014. That's four whole years with one Kindle. I'm quite sure I made the purchase because they got rid of the keyboard...
The thing is, they also got rid of those buttons on the side. See how they aren't there anymore?
Also, important later.
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Enter the final Kindle I've purchased. Here it is, the Oasis. It's tiny, it's light and thin, it came with a case that was also an extra battery, and lookie lookie...
It has the buttons on the side.
Why this is such a big deal to me, I'm not sure.
Rather, I KNOW why it's a big deal to me, I just don't know if it should be such a big deal to me.
I'm hoping that by writing this blog post, I'll come to a conclusion.
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I had this Oasis for close to three years. It never gave me any trouble. I loved it as much as my children (or more than my children, if they were being really trying).
But, when we went skiing this year, somewhere between Houston, Texas and Leadville, CO, I lost my beloved Oasis. I've wracked my brain trying to think of where it could be, but all I can come up with is that it either fell out of the car on one of our many stops to fill up, or I left it in the Microtel in Raton, NM.
Part of me harbors a small hope that it'll show up somewhere around the house, but I think that's probably wishful thinking.
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KINDLE OASIS OR NEW PAPERWHITE
Let me tell you why I'm fretting over this, and you'll understand why I decided to compare the two Kindle versions you see in the title.
I need to get a new Kindle.
Or, I don't.
Both of my kids have the Paperwhite, and I could feasibly take my 8-year-old's since he doesn't use it that often. As a matter of fact, I've already transferred it back to my name and email, at least until I decide what to do.
My point is, he's not going to miss it for a few years.
It's a bit more graceless to read on and feels decidedly clunkier than my Oasis, but, a new Paperwhite is only $129.99, much easier to swallow than the $249.99 price tag of the Oasis.
Just so you know what we're talking about here, let me post pictures of the latest two models.
Here is the latest Paperwhite:
And here is the latest Oasis:
SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON
The Paperwhite has a 6" glare free screen, the Oasis has a 7" glare free screen. So the Oasis is a little bigger.
Both are waterproof to the same extent (60 minutes).
The battery lasts weeks in both, and both come with Audible. I don't listen to Audible on my Kindle, so that doesn't come into play for me at all.
Both have a built in light, but the Paperwhite has only 5 LEDs, while the Oasis has 12 LEDs AND an adaptive light sensor.
I do love that adaptive light sensor. Heck, I'm pretty sure the Oasis I had didn't have that bell and whistle.
They both weight the same, 6.8 ounces, probably less than my cockatiel. He tends to like french fries a bit too much.
But, here's the kicker. The whole reason I spent the money on the Oasis in the first place.
Two tiny buttons on the right hand side absolutely made my reading enjoyment go from really good, to really great!
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LET'S TALK BUTTONS
See, with the Oasis, you can turn the page with the top button, always. No matter which way it's oriented, hitting that top button will move you to the next page, hitting the bottom button will move you to the prior page.
This is a real bonus if you're reading one handed, say, while you're eating breakfast in the morning, lunch in the afternoon, or trying to keep one arm under the covers because the fan is making it a little too cold in the room.
None of these are good reasons to spend another $120, right?
Well, when I first started this post, I didn't think so.
But, here's the thing. It's been a week since I lost my Oasis, and guess what? I've basically stopped reading.
I did transfer my son's Paperwhite over to my email so I could have my books, but I've only picked it up a handful of times since then. It's too hard to read while eating now because I have to touch the screen on the right hand side in order to turn the page.
I'm right handed, so this means I have to put down my fork, touch the screen, pick up the fork. The Kindle is too wide for me to reach across it with my left hand and tap the screen. To do that, I'd have to put it down.
It really doesn't take long in the grand scheme of things, but as a reader, you know how any little thing can kind of take you out of the moment. Almost like your brain stutters or has to buffer.
That's a good analogy!
Every 30 seconds (probably less) when I finish a page, I have to buffer.
I hate it.
That button makes all the difference in the world.
I don't like touching the screen. It gets smudgy after awhile. I could accidentally hit it if I'm hovering my finger over in anticipation of the next page turn, or (and don't you dare tell a librarian about this), I might have some toast crumbs on my finger, and I end up leaving that on the Kindle.
Gah, I miss my buttons.
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Both the Papewhite and the Oasis are great Kindles, there's no doubt about that.
They're so evenly matched on almost all fronts that I have a very hard time justifying that extra $120 for two tiny buttons.
But, after writing this post and really looking at my Kindle shopping habits, there's a reason I jumped on that Oasis when it came out.
I guess I have my answer.
For me, when it comes to the Kindle Oasis or Paperwhite, those buttons are worth the cost.