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More of a scratch protector, rather than screen or impact protector
on February 28, 2012
From skimming the other reviews, it seems there are some common criticisms of this case. I have found that some of those charges are warranted, but some are unfair. (That is, unless people are literally receiving different versions of this case.)
Charge #1: The front panel doesn't stay in: ... I have found this to be untrue. Once I figured out that the screen should be snapped in last, pushed in from the outside, mine fit and stayed in very securely. However, this positive is offset by the fact of ...
Charge #2: The protector screen portion of the mCover makes the Kindle screen harder to see: ... Unfortunately this is true. I am someone that had been disappointed in my Kindle DX's display already. I found it depressingly muddy and unpleasant to read dark grey words on a lighter grey background. (Customer service told me that this is "normal." i.e. get used to it.) When the mCover screen is added to the Kindle, it visually adds glare and additional (albeit subtle) darkness to the already problematic Kindle screen background. I ended up popping out the mCover front panel because of this by sticking a knife under it from the opening on the page-button side of the Kindle and pushing outward.
It may seem like the case deserves a one-star review right there. After all, isn't the purpose of this thing to protect the screen? Well, for one, I can't imagine any hard plastic cover not obscuring the visuals at least a little. It's not the mCover's fault that the Kindle screen was already kind of hard to read to begin with (in my opinion).
Also, maybe I'm a weirdo, but I got this case more to protect the exterior parts (like the backing) from accumulating scratches (which it already was doing in my brief time owning it, even from simply sliding it under the couch when I was done reading, on top of a hardwood floor). I also find the extra bulk of the mCover case makes it easier and somehow more satisfying to hold the Kindle. And maybe it's purely psychological at this point (given that my Kindle screen itself is still exposed), but I do feel slightly more secure in using the Kindle with the shell on it.
Charge #3: This case won't protect as well as a padded cover against a high-impact drop: ... I'm *assuming* this is true. In all fairness, I haven't purposely dropped the Kindle to test this out. But the fact that the mCover is made of a hard plastic shell (as opposed to soft leather), and the fact that it is so form-fitting to the Kindle makes me assume that a drop on the floor would jar the device more than if it were in a padded case. Then again, I could be wrong. Maybe a physics major could correct me. Maybe the hard shell would absorb the shock. I don't know.
But I personally--again, I could be the lone weirdo here--was always planning on getting one of those softer fold-out holders in addition to this one. (Hopefully the mCover's added 1/8 inch around the edges would still allow the Kindle to fit into one of those.)
Charge #4: The little foldout thing in the back to (theoretically) enable one to prop up the Kindle isn't very sturdy... True, this doesn't seem very sturdy. But honestly, I haven't really tried using this. I can't imagine many people even wanting this feature in the first place. I don't know how much convenience it adds to a reading device to set up a page in front of them and then be able to have their hands free until it comes time to turn the page. I don't really need to weave a basket while reading, or have my hands free to drive a car while I awkwardly crane my neck forward to read the text on the screen like Fire Marshall Bill.
Charge #5: It's difficult to take the case off once it's snapped on ... Oh, God yes is this true. It's a good thing I kind of like the way the mCover (sans screen protector) aesthetically looks on the Kindle DX because I have no idea how I'm going to get this sucker off. Does Amazon sell dynamite and if so, is it eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping? I know the lady in the instructional video popped hers off no problem, but I suspect she might have some kind of mutant powers she was using there.