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New Kindle Oasis

 •  Filed under Links, Technology, Kindle

Not content with the millions of Kindles out there, Amazon have introduced another Kindle to the family. This time it's the Oasis. A very different Kindle to previous models and with a new longer battery.

One of the Kindle's signature features has always been its marathon battery life—up to six weeks in the case of the Voyage, assuming that you read on average for a half hour a day. I always assumed that such endurance was sacrosanct, but with the Kindle Oasis, Amazon has messed with its recipe in a new way. The device is so small and thin that it packs a rather dinky battery, which Amazon says provides up to two weeks of power, again based on an average of 30 minutes of reading a day. But every Oasis comes with a posh leather case with a much beefier built-in battery. The case snaps on magnetically—its battery sits next to the hump on the e-reader, and fills in the surrounding area—turning the whole package into an e-reader that can run for up to two months, a new Kindle record.

Amazon's Kindle Oasis: The Highest-End High-End Kindle So Far by Fast Company

The extended battery life, new look and what I would consider to be minor features aren't enough for me to upgrade. I'm happy with my Paperwhite.

The best Kindle Paperwhite review I've read so far

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I gushed over the new Kindle Paperwhite when it was released a few weeks ago, however after reading Scott Hanselman's review of it, I'm glad I've not been able to buy one yet.

It's fine. OK, it's "fine." But let's be serious for a second. Every technology site is gushing about this device. They're saying this is the e-reader to end all e-readers. It's glorious, it's perfect. Friends, it's not. And this is from a Kindle Fan.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G WiFi Review by Scott Hanselman

Read the rest of Scott's review if you're considering the Paperwhite. Scott goes into more details than many of the so-called technology sites.I can see me holding on to my Kindle Keyboard for as long as it's serving up my books. I too like the physical buttons for page turning and the keyboard does come in handy for taking notes on books (which I do a lot of). I don't know how I would get on with a button-less Kindle.

New Kindle Paperwhite

 •  Filed under Kindle, Links

The new Kindle range from Amazon is looking really good. I particularly like the look of the new Kindle Paperwhite. As a purchase though, it might have to wait a few months. I'm not done with my existing Kindle to justify purchasing another bit of tech for the sake of a few new features.