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Outlasted the Kindle, But...
on September 21, 2012
I bought my dad a Kindle Fire as a Christmas present last year and as it is he doesn't get a lot of use out of the device. I on the other hand love the simplicity of the device and love reading so end up using the Fire more than him.
The first case I purchased for the Fire was a standard, black-leather folio case with a soft microfiber lining. It looked really sharp on the Fire but didn't really afford much extra protection. So the hunt for a new case began and that's where I first discovered the Gumdrop cases.
This little case is made from some heavy duty silicone that fits tightly around the Fire in its lime-green glory. I love the splash of color and it matches the color of my wife's M-Edge Kindle Jacket. The color is loud so if you're looking for something more subtle this just isn't it. The silicone skin and screen protector do a fine job protecting the Fire from damage. I let my 8 year old nephew play with the Fire and he tested the impact resistance of the case within a few minutes without a scratch to the device!
There are a few factors that keep me from rating this product higher though:
1. The silicone skin is a dust & hair magnet! I have two French Bulldog's and the Gumdrop is like a Frenchie hair catch. Seriously, Gumdrop should consider making a pet-hair broom out of this stuff!
2. The screen protector is extra smudge and oil sensitive and is more difficult to wipe cleanly than just the regular Gorilla-Glass on the Fire.
3. The skin fits so tightly around the Fire the device gets very hot when in use or charging. I got to the point where I was taking the skin off the Fire whilst charging.