Digital radios: Compare features & prices Pure Oasis Flow review http://www.which.co.uk/technology/audio/reviews/digital-radios/pure-oasis-flow/review/
The Oasis Flow is a feature-loaded radio combining FM, DAB and internet radio in a weatherproof, splashproof shell. It also has a built-in rechargeable battery for portability - we put it through our listening test as well as giving it a dousing to see if it's worth listening to in the house or by the pool.
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2011-05-22 18:33:05.063 wrote:
an expensive nuisance to change the batteries
I have the old Oasis, but the same applies to the Oasis Flow: when the batteries run out, as even rechargeable ones do after a few years, it must be sent off to a single authorized dealer in Scotland. You can't even drop it off somewhere. It costs £36 to replace the ChargePAK and have the radio returned, plus the cost and hassle of packing and sending (at least £12 in the post) it off in the first place. Or they offer you a discount on a replacement radio.
Bad Ergonomics, Radio Almost Unusable, Derisory Firmware, Poor Podcast Choice.
The Oasis Flow is ideal for bathrooms; it even provides rubber plugs to preclude water vapor's entering its unused input and output sockets. That's about the only good thing that I can say about it. The ergonomics are exactly what I expect from Pure: derisory. Oasis Flow outputs mono sound through its single loudspeaker when you use it as a standalone device, although you can get a stereo signal from its output socket and feed it to your own amplifier, as I do. In my Central London location, FM reception is impossible. Sometimes I can hear the stations above the hiss, but mostly I can't hear them at all. I can get some DAB reception for a short period then hear bubbling mud followed by silence. There is no way to attach your own aerial. Internet Radio and Podcasts? The Pure server is frequently slow to provide the podcasts that I have subscribed to: I can wait days for a podcast episode to appear, but the episodes come and go. One day a podcast episode is available, the next it is gone. Many podcasts that I want to subscribe to do not even appear as a result of a search on this device.This is the most annoying and bizarre characteristic of the Oasis Flow: its internet radio software is unfit for purpose and presumably written by interns. The Oasis Flow doesn't like certain podcasts. You can spot the podcasts that it doesn't like because no information shows up on the display when they start; you normally get the title of the podcast and a description of its contents. When the Oasis Flow objects to a podcast you get no information on the screen, the Oasis Flow spontaneously reboots after a few seconds then tries to load the podcast again when it powers-up. This procedure repeats ad infinitum. You need to break the cycle by very quickly changing - for example - the mode to FM radio as soon as the Oasis Flow has rebooted. I bought my Oasis Flow about a year ago and Pure have not provided any firmware updates since. In summary: good build quality, ghastly ergonomics, useless FM reception, barely usable DAB reception, lousy podcast choice, firmware written by incompetents; but ideal for bathrooms (should anything else have worked properly).
2011-05-24 23:17:44.113 wrote:
I echo my admiration for the Internet capabilities but it DOES need a significant technical nous to get the best of it. It is also prone to 'loosing its way' and it then needs a re-boot. Some stations tend to drop off but that is no fault of the radio! The waterproof nature and battery mode make it good to use whilst having a bath.
Works well as a portable and by the bedside and internet radio is excellent
This radio is enormously flexible - great for FM and DAB in a not very good reception area. But the internet radio was the revelation. It is so nice to be able to listen to what you want when you want. And the radio connected iteself to our home PC network, with access to saved music from our PC media server.It is remarkably robust, with a metal frame. It is cheerful to look at. White is nice in the bedroom. It is a little friend.The menu system is not always easy to work through, but the more you use it, then easier it gets.Really very happy, and would recommend this.
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