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A detailed review of the COVER, not the price. Read on...,
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This review is from: Amazon Kindle Leather Cover, Black (does not fit Kindle Paperwhite, Touch, or Keyboard) (Accessory)
First, let's not turn this into a debate about the price. Haven't we had enough of that nonsense with the book reviews? Below, is a detailed review of the PRODUCT itself, with just a minor comment on the price/value.
This is Amazon's best designed cover to date. The kindle easily and securely snaps in place - there are no hinges or annoying elastic corner bands and all buttons and the power port are fully accessible. In addition, they removed all types of straps and cords. These were a problem on previous models for a number of reasons: they broke or snapped after regular use, they made the cover uncomfortable to hold, they added extra weight/bulk, and they were very unattractive. The front cover is weighted to stay closed when the kindle lies flat (it won't pop up). To be clear, there is no strap, clasp or magnet to secure it in place (just like the front flap of a hardcover book). Kindle users like myself were looking for two things: sleekness/thin fit and a case that was aesthetically pleasing that didn't scream "kindle nerd," and they delivered. This case is slim, tight, and ultra sleek. After all, the main attribute of this new kindle is its small size and weight. No one wants a cover that will negate that.
The cover is made of good quality leather and has a nice feel. The inside of the front cover (the part that touches the screen when closed) is a microfiber material designed to protect the screen and avoid scratches. The section that holds the kindle in place around the perimeter is hard rubber and grips it very well. This is not "cheap" or poorly made at all. I feel like I got my money's worth.
It's extremely comfortable to hold, whether with one hand (the cover easily flips back and was designed to do so) or with two hands like a physical book. It easily fits in a coat pocket, briefcase, or purse. Again, people were fed up with all the straps and such so the fact that they got rid of them adds to the comfort factor. As for protection, it's good enough to prevent scratches and dings, but if it takes a big fall it probably won't help. Don't buy this case if you're looking for hardcore protection.
Just a brief comment that's not affecting the # of stars: Yes, this costs 50% of the device itself, but until Amazon decides to price the accessories as aggresively as the kindle, we're going to have to deal with it. Besides, if you're going to use it regularly you'll get your money's worth. I will say that at $59.99, the lighted cover is quite costly and you need to weigh the cost against how much you'll use it. I can't read in bed as I'll fall asleep in 5 minutes, so it's not an issue for me.
An excellent, extremely thin and form-fitting case that addresses all the problems with previous versions. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: Oct 31, 2011 3:00:14 PM PDT
Harry Chung says:
how does it stay closed? when it is closed, i want it to stay... closed. I don't want the top cover to flap out freely. it doesn't seem to have a way to make it stay closed (like the rubber string for the 3gen kindle cover)
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2011 3:17:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 31, 2011 4:59:45 PM PDT
The cover is weighted to stay closed when the kindle sits flat, but there's no magnet or strap to hold it in place so this may not be for you. I happen to like the fact that it's like this but it won't be for everyone. Amazon wanted to make a more minimalist cover without straps and such.
Posted on Nov 1, 2011 12:29:18 AM PDT
I was actually quite bummed when I saw there wasn't a strap on the new case. I put mine in a bag and would like to know that the cover hasn't flipped open without me knowing it. I may have to order the case and make my own elastic strap to secure it.
Posted on Nov 2, 2011 1:29:06 PM PDT
How difficult is it to slide the Kindle into this cover? Does it scratch the sides of the Kindle at all when sliding the Kindle into the cover?
Thanks for the review!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2011 2:02:00 PM PDT
It slides in very easily without having to force it. The area it slides into is made of a hard plastic material and the perimeter of the case that grips the kindle is a hard rubber material so you don't have to worry about scratches (there's no metal).
Posted on Nov 8, 2011 2:13:51 PM PST
Jim Walker says:
Posted on Nov 10, 2011 8:41:26 AM PST
Thank you very much for this review. It was extremely helpful in my decision making process. I have no issues with the price of the product as long as it does what it claims to do. People should stop being so negative about the cost of accessories and just be glad that the Kindle is competitively priced.
Posted on Nov 13, 2011 11:27:25 PM PST
The Gibbons Family says:
I wish the manufacturer's description and this review clearly said which Kindle model this case is for. I'm interested in the Touch WiFi with 3G, and at 6.8" x 4.7" x 0.4" it appears that this case would be too small. I find this strange since this case is a step up from many other cases, and the Touch 3G is a step up from the Kindle. I already placed my items in the cart when at the last moment I decided to check whether this case was compatible with the higher level Kindles, and apparently it is a tad too small at 6.7" x 4.7" x 0.6".
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011 2:15:26 PM PST
Your comment makes no sense and does nothing to add to the conversation about the product. Amazon makes it quite clear that this cover is for the $79 basic kindle.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011 4:21:33 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2011 4:23:29 PM PST
Jim Walker says: