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Great case...if the holder was oriented correctly
on September 14, 2012
UPDATE - Taking a star away now that I have had a few days to actually use this.
UPDATE - Just looked at the manufacturer's website. Apparently the reason for not making the charge ports accessible was to protect them from dirt and dust. All they had to do was make a flap that you could open to charge with the cover closed. It's done all the time on other cases like the Otterbox for phones.
Quality construction, but the plastic carrier for the Kindle is upside down and should be reversed so that you can close the case when charging. The hand strap pretty much assumes you are right-handed, although you can flip the Kindle and hold it the other way. I would prefer it if the hand strap was closer to the edge, but that's probably a personal preference since my hands are very small.
Everything but the charge port and micro HDMI port are available with the case closed. The charge port is also in the way if you want to set it up easel style to watch videos as is the HDMI port if you connect to a TV. You can do it but its basically just sitting there leaning on the cord.
The whole point of the case is to protect the Kindle, but the only way to charge it with the cover closed is to rotate it the allowed 90 degrees and leave the end of it hanging out.
If you assume this case opens like a book (spine in your left hand & Kindle in your right) as most people would then the carrier for the Kindle is upside down (the on/off and volume buttons end up on the bottom). You CAN turn it over so that the spine is still on your left, but that puts the heavy Kindle in the "cover" and makes it awkward to open since the Kindle dangles from the tab it's attached to. Yes, the Kindle will reorient the screen if you hold it with the buttons on the bottom, but many apps do not (Words with Friends being a good example) so you can't always depend on the screen flipping for you.
I'm left wondering if any testing at all was done to make sure it worked as it was supposed to. Yes, it does everything it says it does in theory, but the reality is that it really doesn't deliver.