Monday, June 13, 2016

Opinion on the Kindle Oasis

General opinion on the Kindle Oasis ereader is that it is a really nice ereader and nicely light and compact, but too expensive.

I can only agree. They should at least sell a version without the extra-battery cover, a week or two of battery life would be plenty for most.

But: it is nicely light, and the form with most of the bulk sitting in your hand is very nice. I only wish it had a more rubbery surface to improve the grip, but that's something I've harped on about regarding most ereaders and tablets.

Personally I prefer an iPad for multi-app reading. Or the Amazon Fire for audiobooks and its really nice computer voice reading ebooks aloud. I can do other stuff, walk, or rest my eyes that way. But if push comes to shove, the Oasis is probably the best portable reader of e-ink type one can find.

Hard restart on iPad

Today, for the first time ever, an iPad completely froze on me.

Usually, if one holds down the Wake/sleep button (on the edge), one will first get a slide option to shut down the iPad... and if one continues to hold down the button, the iPad will shut down regardless.
I thought that was a "hard reboot", meaning it bypasses the software. But this time it didn't even respond to that.

But then I thought of trying something which has worked on similar devices: holding down the Sleep button and the Home button at the same time for a few seconds. Boom, that worked, it shut down, and worked again when I started it.