The Kindle Oasis 2017 is a fine e-reader. Unfortunately, I dropped it against a metal dumbbell soon after opening the package, and nicked an edge. It's a small blemish. But the Oasis now visibly and incurably scraped in a way that a plastic Kindle probably would not have been. To cover the scraped edge and to make the gizmo a little easier to hold, I added a few patches of soft Velcro. The bulging side that houses the battery would be okay as form and function if it were a bit easier to grip. Moral: be careful.The Oasis 2017 is fast and the text is crisp. I like the 30%-larger screen. A simply formatted PDF is readable on it. Electronic ink on so small a screen doesn't work well for complicated PDFs. But if the resolution is high enough, as on the Oasis, it can handle material consisting of a single wide column of ordinary text typeset with a reasonably large font.You can use the physical buttons to avoid mistakes too easy to make when swiping the page-for example, when scrolling through the boxes (definition box, Wikipedia box, translation box) that pop up after you click on a word. The physical buttons also permit greater precision when scrolling through many pages of book titles in a library; it's too easy to open a book by mistake when swiping to the next page.Many reviewers say that the price is too high. Heck, I think all prices are ""too high""-if by this I mean that I'd rather get high-quality things for a penny or two per thing. Many products have tiers of prices that change with relative quality and demand for the product. If you are willing and able to pay the asking price for a good or service-even though a cheaper but less capable version is available-then the price is not ""too high"" for you, even if you grumble about the price. From a seller's perspective, a price is not ""too high"" unless the seller cannot sell its stock at that price. A price can be ""too high"" for you given your requirements, desires and resources, but it is not ""too high"" in and of itself, without regard to available alternatives, the quality of the product, the supply of the product, and whether you are willing to buy it.