On April 13, 2016 Amazon announced the arrival of their latest e-Reader the Kindle Oasis. Since its debut the reader has been met with stellar critical review and averages 4.5 out of 5 rating. Early adapters laud Amazon for the ergonomically enhanced designs that they claim really enrich the readers experience. Kindle Oasis is the lightest Kindle ever produced at only 4.6 ounces which really pleases marathon readers. The device is able to fit neatly in the palm of your hand and allows for single handed use freeing you up to do more things while you read. The Oasis also boast an impressive battery life as Amazon claims the device can last up to 9 weeks without WiFi use thanks to the new leather battery case.
With all the enhanced features and critical acclaim is it any wonder that Amazon has experienced a backlog of orders that is projected to last upwards of 8 weeks? Maybe not, but there are some blogs that claim that the Oasis is not worth its price unless you are a card carrying member of the one percent. At a base price of $289.99 this is definitely an investment piece for any would be consumer, especially since you could score an iPad mini 2 for $20 less and simply download the Kindle Reading App. It should be noted that there are some bugs that still need working out with this new device as LA Times writer Michael Hiltzik points out in his article ‘Amazon’s $290 e-reader misfire.’
As with any new technology there will be Pros and Cons that impact the perceived value for early adapters. Since the Oasis is still less that 6 months old, it is safe to say that there will be more to come in terms of advocacy and criticism. But it might be worth looking into if you are an avid fan of e-Reader technology with a little cash to burn this holiday season.