Is the Kindle Oasis worth the $290 purchase price? I’ve already pondered that question myself, but it’s worth looking at what others have to say. James A. Martin has a brief piece on CIO weighing up the pros and cons.
Under reasons to skip it, Martin suggests that the extra battery life is nice but not essential, the screen may only be a minor improvement, and the Oasis doesn’t currently support audio. (Whether it actually will support audio or Bluetooth at all is still an open question.)
For possible reasons to buy, Martin notes that it has a “cool cover,” is designed for use with one hand, and is much lighter-weight than previous models. So there’s that.
$290 is still a pretty hefty investment—the iPad Mini 2 David Rothman sent me cost considerably less than that, and does considerably more—but to someone who really loves to read, it may not be that much in the grand scheme of things. Plenty of people were willing to pay more than that for the first- and second-generation Kindles, which were a whole lot uglier and heavier and didn’t do as much.
And remember that commercial for the Kindle in which a smug Kindle user notes her sunglasses cost more? I personally don’t pay more than $20 or so for sunglasses—but it seems to me that the same sort of person who could justify buying stylish sunglasses that cost more than an e-reader might also be able to justify buying a stylish e-reader that costs more than a tablet.
In any event, I was never interested in buying a Kindle Voyage, and I doubt I’d buy a Kindle Oasis either—though I’ll be happy to use one if someone provides me with it. But I do think that coming out with a designer-quality e-reader is a good move on Amazon’s part. It’s a market segment that historically hasn’t gotten much attention—but there could be more than enough people in it to turn Amazon a tidy profit.
Do you agree with James A. Martin’s criteria for skipping or buying an Oasis? Have any others to add?