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Way to heavy, screen cover is terrible, and outer cover is silly
, January 12, 2013
This review is from: OtterBox Defender Series for Kindle Fire HD 8.9 (Black) (Accessory)
BIG OtterBOX fan, I have had them on my last 5 cell phones and that was why I decided to drop $80 (almost) on this case.
I figured, "Hey it must be the best"... Well a few things. Even though I am quite tech savvy, it was a pain in the rear to open the cover (just to get the KindleFireHD in). I can see how many people are having problems (and complaining). I had to use a small tip (of something) to push back the tabs, (to get the case open) but did not want to push any tabs farther than needed, for fear they would break. Really OtterBOX, if it's that much hassle, package the case so it is NOT totally assembled and a standard user can START by clipping it closed on their Kindle! (yes it would make the packaging a little bigger, but it would get rid of many complaints and stop many returns).
Now once I got the case apart, then got my kindle in and snapped back together, I found (after a few days) there was a damn 'spec' of some black lint (thingy) I did not see when I was putting it together. I only see it on bright games (or white book pages) but it raises the screen cover slightly (and I feel it while swiping) so it's enough of an object of some sort to take some space. Anyway, several times I have thought of taking it apart and several times I have decided it was too much hassle. Sure I should have seen it (it is some kind of lint, not a dirty spec on the glass).
I am not in love with the 'flap' that covers the charging port, but I understand it was made 'huge' to not only match size with the case but to provide the charge / mini HDMI ports cover (splash and kiddy crumb protection). I do find the flap annoying to have to fiddle with every time I want to charge it, but I understand the design. If it were me a sliding cover would have been a better design, IMO. Much like I do not like the same 'flap' on my Galaxy S3 OtterBOX Commuter cover.
So what do I truly NOT LIKE?
I DO NOT like the clear plastic screen cover. Not only is is far inferior to the glass screen, but it will hold up (or wear out) much quicker and will look crappy quick. Also the white 'milky' sheen it creates, as well as the major added glare make me want to rip it off the case altogether and just take my chances with the real screen (or add a real screen protector).
I DO NOT like the 'cover'. It is not only clumsy and huge, but not being part of the case, means it gets put down and right now I have no idea where it is. That means as a 'cover' it is useless (while missing). Also the snap stand that is in the cover will definitely start leaving marks on the screen (and or screen cover) and in time I can see it not staying at a 'snapped' position. In reality, the case is wonderful to just carry the device (no cover) around, as the raised edge means it's tapered in the right way to hold it by the edge or corner while walking.
It is way too heavy to hold for using the kindle for very long. Sure. walk around, hold it for a moment, but to hold it for a while at just the right angle (playing a game for example) or gosh forbid hold it while reading? No way, not even an option. I have tried to use it to read from in bed, and unless I have it pushed against a pillow and I am sideways as well, it's not feasible to read it long.
I really struggled with this and want to like it, as I am sure it will provide great drop protection, but to make the device better to use, it's not good... I have just ordered the OEM (Kindle) "Standing leather case". I have a paper white and love how this case not only protects the screen while not in use, but I find I love the cover triggering auto sleep wake. I know the standing cover will not be as good in a bad drop scenario, but I want to enjoy the damn Kindle, not take it on army maneuvers.
Yes, to sum it up: If you need to take a kindle on army type maneuvers and use it in the field and use it BRIEFLY, this is the case for that purpose. If your desire is to give the Kindle some protection and have wonderful usability, the standing cover (Amazon Kindle made cover) is the way to go.
Now I have to find the darn cover and get the case off to send it back!
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