Is Having Adjustable Frontlight Color Worth an Extra $50?


Kindle Oasis Warm Light

It’s interesting how Amazon has started taking pre-orders for the new Kindle Oasis 3 while simultaneously discounting the Kindle Oasis 2 by $50.

Considering the Kindle Oasis 3 (more like 2.5) is so similar to the previous version, is it really worth spending an extra $50 just for the option to use a warm-colored frontlight?

Granted there are a few other subtle differences between the two models, but that’s the main difference that Amazon is advertising.

There have also been reports of the new Oasis having an upgraded E Ink screen, but apparently the change only slightly increases refresh rate and has nothing to do with improving contrast.

There have been reports of the new model having a slightly larger battery as well (1130mAh instead of 1000mAh), but considering it has to provide power to 13 additional warm frontlights that’s probably not going to make much difference.

So is having a warm frontlight really worth an extra $50? Or is it more about the psychology of having the “latest” version of a device?

Judging by the pictures at Amazon, their version of the warm light appears to be considerably different than what other brands of ereaders offer. Their pictures show the warm light as a subtle yellow color instead orange.

It’ll be interesting to see Amazon’s take on the warm frontlight when the new Kindle Oasis gets released on July 24th.

13 Responses to “Is Having Adjustable Frontlight Color Worth an Extra $50?”

  1. Absolutely. The only reason I own any Kobos or Nooks is for the temperature control. It’s a no brainier for me, trade in the Oasis 2 for the 3 and sell the Forma and Glowlight Plus.

  2. Here’s one for you. Why is the 4g model $70 more in the United States than the international model.

  3. For $50 yes, especially with the 25% Kindle trade-in discount. Taking around $65 off. Still not worth it for me though. Totally dislike the Oasis form factor. This would have been an instant buy had they re-designed the device entirely. I’m thinking they were too lazy to update the existing covers.

  4. Yes, for 50 dollars; I really like light control. Not to buy a whole new, slightly upgraded device.

  5. To be able to read Kindle books with warm lighting was one of the main reasons I got a Likebook Mars. I have never bought a Paperwhite or Oasis before, because they lacked this feature. Now that the Oasis has it, it has become more tempting. But since I don’t like its lopsided design and already own the larger Likebook Mars, I may wait for the Paperwhite or Voyage to get warm lighting.

  6. No
    Am I still gonna buy it?
    HELL YEA!!!

    • Ha ha! My thoughts exactly.

      As an Oasis 1 and 2 owner, I don’t need this at all. Like not even a little bit. However, I traded in my Oasis 2 on Amazon for $75 plus the 20% discount… Making my new Oasis 3 (32GB) $149.

      So I guess the warm light was worth $149 to me. God I’m a sucker. 🙂

      • So how does that work? Are you without your reader until the new one comes in? Have you already received the 75$? If so, how long did it take after sending it in?

        I use mine for school, so I’d rather not be without it for any amount of time, but I do have other readers so I suppose I can manage.

  7. please ignore my last post about Oasis 3 price.
    I talking rubbish!

  8. I still won’t buy it because of their lack of format support, but yes. If I was looking to buy it, not having the temperature control would be a deal breaker, not the $50.

  9. I have arthritis in both of my hands and love the Oasis as easier to hold. Not sure I am wanting Oasis 3 but will have to look more into it.

  10. The cost….maybe.
    The hassle of moving my content to the new one…nope.

    • There shouldn’t be much of a hassle. I verified that even my non Amazon content is backed up by reading it and its notations on my phones Kindle app. I imagine all you have to do is download it from the cloud.