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Kindle Oasis review: Amazon's newest e-reader is nearly perfect

Séamus Bellamy | Aug. 15, 2016
The Oasis makes reading a pleasure, but its free 3G only works inside the United States.

And while we’re on the subject of 3G, don’t expect to download any books via cellular while you’re outside of the United States: The Oasis’s free cellular activity only extends as far as America’s borders. Given the number of places I roam where Wi-Fi is scarce but cellular connectivity abounds, I found this deeply disappointing.

Bottom line

So, should you buy one? I’ve got a few answers to this question.

If you demand the very best out of every piece of hardware you own, cost be damned, then yes, you’ll be happy with the Kindle Oasis. Despite the shortcomings of its cellular connectivity, It’s a great piece of gear and, last I checked, Amazon still had the largest selection of book and periodical titles to choose from, anywhere. That said, if cost is a factor, go with a Kindle Paperwhite. It’s a perfectly capable e-reader similar in capability to the Oasis, but at a fraction of the price.


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