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Old 12-07-2017, 03:43 PM   #6
Derek87
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more talking to myself, but good to air this out and maybe make it available to others who search the site in the future...

two more experiences to share...

- stopped by Best Buy yesterday and looked at the Kindle Oasis 2 (2017 model) on display and because there was a shelf underneath, despite its tethering, i could look at its backlighting. first, there was no light cones/shadows/scalloping. in my small sample size, it seems Amazon figured this aspect out on the newest Kindle. on the flip side, there was a very noticeable yellow-to-white gradient at different light levels. surprised by this as it was very subtle on my short-owned unit.

- i had an extensive chat online with Amazon today about my Oasis 1 screen experiences that i've already discussed here. the Kindle specialist was very sympathetic to my concerns and suggested either sending one of the units in for warranty inspection* or just ordering another one. he assured me that Amazon understood my multiple orders and wouldn't hold it against me for trying to get a satisfactory unit.

i'm not holding my breathe, but this is i think my last ditched attempted to get a good screen like i had with unit #2. one thing to note is that unit #2 had a serial number about 1000 higher than units #1 and #3, so there is a possibility that Odamizu's hypothesis is correct: they improved things later on...i can only hope so, but of course, i have no control over what serial number i receive for the forthcoming unit #4.

i think i will need to cut my losses here and either return all 3 units and go back to my PW3, or keep the best of the 3 Oasis. i ended up Jailbreaking #3 since it was such an old firmware. the custom screensaver option is really nice, but i'd gladly give it up for a better screen. i'm not even sure which i prefer in #1 vs #3 right now. i like the lack of gradients in #3, but two areas of shadows which can best be described as smudges that go about 3/4" into the screen (about 6-7 letters into the text) may actually be more distracting than the two prominent "hot spots" on #1. sigh...i wish i could ignore such things...


*he ultimately agreed that this would likely yield either "you are too picky" or "yes, it's bad, order another"
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