MarBlue Atlas (new) for Kindle Case, Black (Fits Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle and Kindle Touch)
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The Amazon Cover model consisted of three main complaints. Very consistent! One, it was pretty expensive for the simply acceptable but definitely adequate quality. Two, the magnetic closure was many times not 100%. It didn't close completely all the time, or it did not turn off the unit as designed. Third, it seemed heavy. There were consistent variations of these themes.
The MarBlue on the other hand has awesome reviews, even the mediocre reviews did not have the repetitive problem that makes my red flags go up. The hand hold was a universal plus. Now that I have it, I agree, the hand hold strap is fantastic and brings an entirely new dimension of reading with this unit for in bed nightime use. The Amazon unit also had its weight highlighted several times while MarBlue did not.Read more ›
Update: January 12, 2014 - some time has now passed and I am more happy with this Kindle case! The scent about which I complained has largely gone and I am more comfortable using (or not using) the strap for my hand. I am still somewhat skeptical about the long-term survivability of the elastic strap on the outside of the case.
Update: June 11, 2014 - This product has really grown on me. The closing strap is still intact, and the case has protected my Kindle against the usual bumps of commuting quite well. The internal hand strap is still a bit too snug for my larger hands and I seldom use it. I have upgraded my rating to four stars - I like this product a lot.
The Marblue Atlas cover appears to be well made and durable enough to last for years of service. The faux leather looks good, and the stitching is uniform and tight. It doesn't have a magnetic lock like the Amazon cover has, but the elastic bungee will keep the cover securely closed when you're not reading. And the wide hand strap is a nice touch for hand-holding the Kindle.
But I have two concerns about this case:
1. The Kindle is secured in the case with four elastic straps. That's okay, but straps can break, although these seem tough enough. However, I much prefer a more secure plastic snap-in shell like the Amazon case has.
2. A bigger concern is the lack of a magnet to activate the newer Kindles' AutoWake feature. AutoWake is a great feature that lets you avoid fumbling for the on/off switch every time you use the Kindle.
Overall, the Marblue Atlas is a nice case. It doesn't have all the features of the Amazon case, but it's less expensive. If the lower cost is worth the tradeoff in features - notably AutoWake - the Marblue Atlas is definitely worth a look.
The system for attaching your Kindle to the cover are four very strong and quite tight rubber reinforced elastic cords. I've had several Kindles and numerous cases over the years and as far as four corner case mounts this is the most secure of that style I've ever seen. I had my PaperWhite mounted in this case and shook it violently, over a pillow and ready to catch it should anything happen, and not only did it stay in place it didn't move a fraction of an inch. I was very impressed with that function of the case.
The case exterior is a synthetic leather that truly looks and feels like leather. It is well made, and fairly handsome. Unlike many synthetic products this had no harsh chemical smell. The blue cover looks a little less like leather than the black but it is a very nice shade of blue.
The interior is an attractive, and soft, dark grey microfiber that's quite pleasing to the touch.
The case is held closed or open with a half inch wide cloth elastic that is well attached to the case. This holds the case closed quite well. The hinge area of the case is a bit too large/tall/wide making the case when folded back a little ungainly and if not strapped down it wanted to flop closed.
Inside the case is a nearly three inch wide strap made of the same soft, grey microfiber attached with elastics at both the top and bottom. This comes into use when the case is open you can put your hand or fingers under this strap to read one handed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my second Kindle cover from this company (the elastic band on the hand strap eventually stretched out) and I must say I preferred the older style with the hinge at the top... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bruce Norman
This case had been great to use. It's easy to hold when the front is folded back, partly because the elastic strap wraps forward to hold both edges together, open or closed. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jean in San Diego
Works great. The strap fits my hand perfectly for one handed operation.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fits new Kindle Paperwhite exactly as I'd hoped it would, though I have to admit it seems very bulky when compared to just holding the Kindle alone.Published 16 months ago by Rich A.
you can hold the kindle... when you are reading in the bed, that's nothing better than that stripe.Published 16 months ago by Ully
Overall, I like this case so much better than the Marware case I had before. That one started to shed its outer layer and started looking mangy in just about a year. Read morePublished 16 months ago by MellisonM.
My Kindle case came quite quickly and was exactly as described. I am very pleased.Published 17 months ago by mn 60
I'd have appreciated the magnetic lock feature, but it's not a big deal at all. This case does its job well, and looks pretty good doing it.Published 17 months ago by K. James