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Does everything well, and looks good, too.
on December 20, 2013
I take very good care of my devices and usually get a cover. For the Note, I wanted one that would allow me to use it in both portrait and landscape modes, which most covers don't do well. This one does. The Note is cradled in a removable holder that attaches to the outer cover via velcro. You can turn it to portrait or leave it in the usual landscape mode. You can even detach the outer cover if you are going to hold it in your hands, which means less weight and bulk to hold. Slick. I also like the look of pebbled leather and the feeling in your hand.
Functionally, opening the cover (which is held in place with magnets), automatically turns the screen on. There are 3 positions that you can use to prop up the tablet at different angles. The size is approximately that of a book, which is comfortable for me. It also comes with a pen/stylus. At first I did not plan to use it since the Note has it's own pen with special features. But I tried it. And I kinda like it. I may end up using it for general web browsing to reduce the amount of fingerprints on the screen. Unexpected bonus. All of the cutouts line up properly with ports, camera, controls, etc. You can charge the tablet even with the cover closed (through a cutout).
There are two "gotchas." One is expected - adding a cover does add bulk and weight. If that is an issue, then you shouldn't get a cover! Or get one of the "slim" covers that are available. The other one is that the upper right corner (where the Note pen is held) is not as well protected as the other corners. It is cut out so that you can easily reach the Note pen. This could be an issue if you drop the unit on that exact corner. With the Note pen there, I am not sure what else they could do. I can accept this because I do take care of my devices. But note (no pun intended) that it is a weakness in an otherwise fine product.