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Old 11-02-2017, 05:32 PM   #31
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godz, the more i try to use it without a case, the worse it gets. just now i wanted to go into the settings to see about the special offers and with the bulge on the right and trying to hold it on the left side so i could poke it with my right hand, it literally cannot be held that way. if you're not ambidextrous and can poke with your left hand, you have to flip it so that you can hold the wide part with your left hand and poke with your right.

what a total friggin' pain in the ass that they've rendered this thing nearly useless without a case and then fscked up the cases.

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I personally found the holding problem when i am laying down on bed.. otherwise while sitting up or standing it was fine.. may be we will get used to this in sometime.. I am also searching for some decal or taping to get some grip, but that has to be professional enough to not spoil the look... Let me know if you find one..
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Old 11-02-2017, 05:47 PM   #32
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yeah, i just watched a video showing those and it said you can't insert your own photos. with that in mind i don't see removing them being worth $20 as i've come to tune out the loss of a couple of lines at the bottom of the menu screens and i should only have to hit the power button until new cases come out--i don't mind the wake-up swipes. also, on very rare occasions the ads have shown me a book i wanted to investigate.

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Old 11-02-2017, 06:02 PM   #33
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well, may all the godz of good taste forgive me, i've put two vertical strips of gaffer tape on the back of my shiny brand new oasis as i just can't hold it otherwise. new cases can't come soon enough.

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Old 11-02-2017, 06:35 PM   #34
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well, may all the godz of good taste forgive me, i've put two vertical strips of gaffer tape on the back of my shiny brand new oasis as i just can't hold it otherwise. new cases can't come soon enough.

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Mind share a pic? 3M has the clear ones.. Will try those if it bothers too much..
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Old 11-02-2017, 07:18 PM   #35
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@selianth: if i removed the special offers, could i use one of my photos for a screensaver? i didn't realize how annoying it is that it's always in your face without the case as they have literally never bothered me for a microsecond in the past--out of sight, out of mind. now that $20 to get rid of them is looking cheap.
As others have replied, you still cannot use custom screensavers. But I never realized how much I hated the swipe-to-unlock requirement until I removed it on my Voyage (the first Kindle I had). Literally changed my whole experience. Sometimes it's just the little things.
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Mind share a pic? 3M has the clear ones.. Will try those if it bothers too much..
ok, but if you show it to anyone i'm denying i did it! i had green gaffer tape which was wider and then some white which was narrow. i think i could have gotten by with just a very narrow strip which followed the transition where the bulge tapers off as that gives me the best grip. also, i wouldn't pull this stunt with anything but gaffers tape or another type that won't leave a residue when you peel it off.

i will say though that, compared to the bare metal, it makes a world of difference.

btw, i just boxed up my original oasis to sell it back to amazon. it ended up being my favorite kindle i've owned just due to the lightness and compactness although i kept the case on all the time. i won't miss the kludgy two-battery system though--the new oasis charges about 25-33% faster although it'll take awhile before i can compare battery life.

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flickr is having some probs, but here's the link:

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I have no trouble reading without the cover, sitting, standing or laying down. And I very much like the leather cover, particularly as a stand, now that I have grown accustomed to the unique shape of the Oasis.
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I've had quite a few third party covers for my Paperwhites and my Voyage that have the auto wake/sleep feature.

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Me too, cheap $10-12 and wonderfully soft imitation leather. Accase was one brand.
Better than the stiff leather Amazon Oasis case which came with 4 scratches on the front.
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well, may all the godz of good taste forgive me, i've put two vertical strips of gaffer tape on the back of my shiny brand new oasis as i just can't hold it otherwise. new cases can't come soon enough.

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I emailed Fintie before release and they thought they would have covers from mid November.
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Old 11-03-2017, 08:43 PM   #40
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Cover better than expected.. keeping it..

Hey guys.. somehow I did not find the cover that problematic.. I can hold the flap and let it hang with the kindle suddenly it dint drop .. It gives a very good grip FINALLY to the kindle.. Two issues that I think..

1. Definitely magnet could have been stronger but its not as widespread a problem I thought.
2. The fabric hinge is tough now as its new.. So while opening it moves the back base.. Once it gets softer it will be better..
3. When you fold it back like book .. while closing back fold it back from the end where the charging port is..

Again its more of a wrap-on than a case.. which is easy to remove if you want to read without it..
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If you remove Special Offers, you shouldn't have to swipe to unlock. It will just wake up when you press the button.
And this is exactly why I pay the extra $20 to get rid of the ads. It's well worth it to be able to open a cover or push the sleep button and be right exactly where I was when I last read.
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godz, the more i try to use it without a case, the worse it gets. just now i wanted to go into the settings to see about the special offers and with the bulge on the right and trying to hold it on the left side so i could poke it with my right hand, it literally cannot be held that way. if you're not ambidextrous and can poke with your left hand, you have to flip it so that you can hold the wide part with your left hand and poke with your right.

what a total friggin' pain in the ass that they've rendered this thing nearly useless without a case and then fscked up the cases.

/guy
I'm female with small hands and I have no problem whatsoever holding onto it one-handed to read. I can either slide my thumb over a 1/2" or push the button to turn the page, depending on where my thumb is resting.
I tell ya though-the page turns so dang fast sometimes I dont even know if it turned lol
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And this is exactly why I pay the extra $20 to get rid of the ads. It's well worth it to be able to open a cover or push the sleep button and be right exactly where I was when I last read.
You dont need to pay $20 extra for that.. Just use it for couple of days and reach out to Amazon chat service (device support->Kindle Ebook->Something Else.. tell them that you are having problems with the Ads.. make some excuse.. like I am not connected to wifi and it takes to store unnecessarily etc.. be polite dont say "can you unsubscribe me" dont act techie or smart .. say "can you help removing it as its not useful to me". I have tried it twice and twice they removed it within a second.. Just removed from the new OA2 today..

Thank them and give a good feedback.. enjoy the screensavers..
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I'm female with small hands and I have no problem whatsoever holding onto it one-handed to read. I can either slide my thumb over a 1/2" or push the button to turn the page, depending on where my thumb is resting.
I tell ya though-the page turns so dang fast sometimes I dont even know if it turned lol
my wife feels so too.. I think females have softer hands which grips better.. ours is like metal on metal.. haha
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in regards to being able to hold it, more familiarity is merely breeding more contempt. i can't imagine anyone could be comfortable with it unless they are only talking about finding one position which works for them. yes, if i'm completely stationary and can balance the bulge in one hand and turn pages with the other, it works ok and will work better when i get a case for it.

but if you need to use one hand or move and shift your grip or carry it somewhere you lose basically all control over it unless you hold it with a crab-pincher-death-grip. the back is too slick for you to grip the bulge, thus my addition of gaffer tape to it until a new case comes out.

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