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Needs a minor redesign.
on March 26, 2012
I was looking for a nice simple affordable folio style case for my new A200, and I found this one from Poetic on Amazon.com. It was what I expected when I pulled it out of the package, with the pretty much industry standard design, with openings for the camera, speakers, mic, USB ports, power jack, headphone, screen lock, volume and power buttons. A nice touch is a pair of magnets in the outside corners that secure the cover with a magnetic closure feature that is not mentioned in the product details.
The A200 slides in from the center fold edge of the "soft frame", and though it's not shown in the pictures, is "secured" by a flap that tucks in between the A200 and the case. This is where my main problem with the case comes to light, and while I say it's "secured" by a flap, that flap is not physically secured. With no friction heavy material on the flap, the pressure between the case and the A200 is insufficient when using it in landscape position, so that the weight of the device has a tendency to cause the flap to slide and the A200 settles lower than it should. This causes the power button to be close to or partially under the material on the left side of this case between the power button and the headphone jack, making it hard to press. This sliding also causes the camera to not be centered in it's opening and partially obscured, and I can foresee this causing issues during a video chat session.
I would suggest that Poetic contact the designer and look into a minor re-design to this case. By moving the flap from the center of the case, to the top in portrait mode. With very little stress placed on that side of the case, it would stay better centered in the "soft frame" and this would also allow removal of that small piece between the power button and the headphone jack. In addition to that, it would grant easier access to the reset and MicroSD cover on the A200 on that is currently covered by the edge material and can only be accessed by pulling the A200 out of the case.
Because of my issue with the securing flap on the case, and therefore the 3 out of 5 stars, I have actually stopped using this case on a daily basis. The only real use I have for it now is if I am taking my A200 somewhere to share pictures or I don't want to just put it in my commuter bag that I transport it in on a daily basis.
Thanks Exact Deal for the prompt delivery and great price. Poetic, I will be watching in the hopes that you update the design, and will release this in either a canvas or real leather version.