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on September 1, 2010
This is the first case I have bought for my latest generation Kindle (the one that came out at the end of August 2010). It attaches using the little hinges that insert into the actual Kindle, and it seems to attach just fine, and hold the Kindle in place well. I thought it might flop around, but it seems firmly placed against the back of the case. It was easy to insert, and functions fine. The leather is nice and supple. I selected the brown, and the picture on amazon is a good representation. It does seem like the leather outside and the suede inside are not firmly attached to one another (there is something like cardboard between them, so possibly the leather and suede aren't glued or adhered to this inside structure). I am undecided about this case because it just doesn't work as well as my previous case. For my second generation Kindle I use the JAVOedge Purple Croc Flip Style Case for the Amazon Kindle 2. It is fabulous. It is a beautiful color and the design is highly functional. It seems like it is protected well, you can stand it and read without using hands (while eating possibly), and it has perfect openings for all the Kindle buttons, etc. Maybe soon there will be a case like this for this third generation Kindle. The Javoedge case cost significantly less than this case as well, about 60 to 80 dollars less. Of course this Cole Haan case is real leather.
The other thing I'm not loving about this case is it's size. One of the benefits of switching to the new Kindle (for me) was to get a smaller, lighter device. After I inserted the newest Kindle into this Cole Haan case, and placed it beside my second generation Kindle in its JAVOedge case, they appear to be the exact same size in dimension and weight. In other words, you don't notice you've switched to a lighter Kindle. However, the new Kindle is so small and lightweight, I feared it would be too easy to drop, and therefore, I knew I needed to select a case for protection. I'm not sure why it costs as much as it does, but it does look nice. It reminds me of a leather bound journal sitting on my desk. There is no strap around this Cole Haan case to keep the case closed either. I usually toss my old Kindle into my purse, and have never worried about it getting scratched or harmed when in the JAVOedge case, but I don't believe I would use this Cole Haan case in my purse.
Although I'm undecided on this case, I'm posting this review because almost all reviews on Amazon allow me to comparison shop and see what others have found to be helpful, or not so helpful, and there weren't any reviews for this case yet, so I just decided to try it out and see for myself. I hope this helps.
Update: I finally decided. I returned this case, and ordered the Amazon lighted case (which is great and I'm happy with my choice). This case (Cole Haan) seemed floppy and just not the best way to protect the Kindle. If you just want to sit it on your desk it would be fine, but with any travel I think the case needs a closure of some sort (elastic band, velcro, magnets like the JAVOedge cases).