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A Disappointing Holder
on November 14, 2010
I have an Easi-Reader stand that I've used for years and years and years, but it's just not quite right for holding a Kindle. I figured that an Amazon holder would be just the ticket, and I ponied up my $6.99, along with the same day delivery fee, and felt that I'd done the right thing. Um, no...I didn't.
The form factor of the holder is generally what I was expecting. The execution of the implementation of that form factor was woefully inadequate. Take a piece of clear plastic (Lucite?) and bend it this way and that way, and a Kindle holder should result. Sounds simple.
First off, the bends are not square. The holder has two bends that serve as the support area for the holder. These two bends are not parallel to each other, so it's like a four-legged table with one leg too short. I took a paper towel and folded it twice and stuck it under one edge of the holder to stop the rocking. Also, this caused the Kindle to sit crookedly, and not straight up and down, So the paper towel had the secondary function of squaring up the Kindle.
Next, the plastic is so thin and flimsy that if you try to slide the holder forward or backward, the plastic bends and distorts during the process. This leaves the holder in a stressed position, and extra steps must be taken to restore the holder to a more natural, unstressed position.
Then there's the front well that supports the bottom of the Kindle. All this area needs is a very short base that supports the Kindle and a small front lip to ensure the Kindle's bottom can't slide forward and slip off the holder. The base is something like an inch long, and the Kindle is, what, 30% of that? so there's all this extra room on the base for no good reason. Then the front lip extends way higher than it needs to, and serves no good purpose. It appears that the holder was not actually designed for a Kindle, but was some convenient design that was in the ballpark and hence adopted for the use with no further thought.
As an aside, the holder is okay if you don't want to transport it, but if you wanted a portable holder, this isn't it because there's no hinge at the top of the holder so that it may be collapsed.
I'm not returning it because it would be too much trouble for the $6.99 cost. However, I expected better of Amazon, given that this is an accessory that supports their flagship product.