Top positive review
Expensive but probably worth it
on August 26, 2013
I didn't rush to upgrade from my 1st generation 7" Kindle Fire until last week. That's when Amazon put certified refurbished units of the 8.9" Kindle Fire HD on sale for a day. I ordered one. Also, during that day, they had a lightning deal on this cover, at about 20% off, and I jumped on that too. My new 8.9" Fire HD was delivered two days ago, and this cover arrived today.
There's nothing to dislike about this cover. I like the Saddle Tan color, the snug fit, the sleep/wake function with closing/opening the case, and the small form factor. I also like the ability to prop the Fire HD in a good viewing/reading position horizontally. With this 8.9" sized Fire HD, I've discovered that the horizontal viewing position is very good (for me) for reading books, so I'm not so concerned with being able to prop up this tablet in a vertical orientation. (With the old 7" Fire, I disliked reading books in the horizontal orientation; the vertical orientation was the only way that worked for me.)
I'm taking away one star for pricing. Maybe I'm deluded by the apparent simplicity of this case, but the list price seems kind of high. I'm not sure I'd have bought it at the full price, and even the discounted price felt a bit steep. However, I won't be wasting money buying any alternate cases or covers for this tablet, so I'm probably OK in the long run. In the past I've bought cheap cases for some gadgets, only to end up replacing them at additional cost when they failed or just didn't fit.
This case is a keeper.