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I loved how thin and light my kindle was when I first got it however it also felt far too delicate and I knew I definitely needed some kind of cover to protect it and settled for the duragadget case with stand.
Initially I wasn't too keen on the case as it made my kindle feel a bit chunky and clumsy compared to what it was without the case on. However after a few days of using it I adapted to the feel and now if I take the case off my kindle feels naked and flimsy! With this case on I have no problems throwing my kindle into my bag for journeys without having to worry about it scratching or getting broken, it definitely feels protected.
The stand is a good idea however I think the positioning could have been better. Although there are a number of ridges to make the stand various angles they sit at the right angle if your kindle is propped up on a table but I prefer reading lying down and the lowest height just isn't quite low enough. A few extra ridges closer to the edge could have solved this.
Much as I've grown to appreciate my Kindle, the lightweight portable library is just too delicate to be treated like a real book - even though I treat mine very well! - and the thought of just slinging it 'naked' into my bag fills me with horror: it feels like it could snap from a clumsy knock (or me sitting on it, more likely!), or certainly get scratched. That it so obviously requires a case without bundling one with it is sly marketing, methinks - although as Amazon feels it can charge a horrifying £50 almost certainly explains leaving it as an 'optional' accessory!
Of course, I'm not going to pay that amount of money and there are more than plenty of suppliers willing to offer me a cheaper alternative. In fact, I spent far longer trying to choose from the case options than I did over the reading device itself: what material, how should it open, what colour, etc. I finally ended up with two (indecisive as ever!) which between them give me what I'm after: something that cushions from random knocks, and something to give it a little more solid protection and soothe my fears over snapping the thing in half!
For that latter scenario, I finally went for this leather (I had my doubts on first glance, but it is, if clearly cheap quality) Duragadget cover, in black. It's basically two fairly thick (almost as much as the Kindle itself), rigid and slightly padded panels joined by two leather strip 'hinges' at the bottom and closed with another strip, this time magnetised (and I can confirm this does the e-reader no harm whatsoever). Attached to the back is a leather 'frame' to hold the Kindle - mine is the keyboard style, so there's a strip between the screen and the keypad, both of which are left uncovered. This holds the device reasonably securely, although time sees it slacken a little: I really wouldn't recommend having the case open and upside-down, or your 'book' will slide out!
The most attractive feature for me was actually the opening style. Most Kindle covers seem to want to replicate book-like openings, which is fine but redundant as far as I'm concerned. Instead this is more like a flip-book, but the cover then performs a useful task: it can be used to form a stand for the device. This is done via a small, magnetised flap on the back, which you pop out and then prop against one of the ridges on the now-folded-back front cover. The panel of ridges gives you a small amount of flexibility on the angle, too.
Does your Kindle *need* to stand? Probably not, and I can understand if you don't see the value without having tried it! However, I'd now seriously miss it if it were gone - because I'm a very lazy, in-bed reader, and this just works perfectly for propping the book up on my chest (or sitting on a table, or for lying on my side)! Okay, I still have to keep a hand on the page-turning button, but just one and it's far less tiring than holding the book up in front of my face :) A complaint around this, however, would be that the choice of angles is fairly limited. An extra 'ridge' at the bottom of the cover would have allowed for a very shallow angle, perfect for just raising the device from flat.
Rather perversely, if you're not using that handy stand then this cover does something very odd: it more than doubles the weight of your Kindle! It's still not massively heavy - less so than many books! - but it just seems very odd. Sure, it's easy enough to slip it out of the case if you're going to be holding it for any length of time, but I do worry that I'm also removing the protective element.
Now, I said up front that I'd ended up with two covers, and here's why: although this largely calmed my worries around breaking or scratching the Kindle, I was still unhappy that it wasn't enclosed. There's still plenty of scope for crumbs and dust to work their way into this cover. However, I am happy with the protection it's given me: my Kindle is scratch-free and even survived a short fall... onto its screen, with the cover open, ouch!! Luckily even the thin strip of leather around the edge of the screen seems to have been enough to prevent damage, phew!
But wait: I have more grievances! Biggest would be around quality. Okay, so you get what you pay for, and I guess I have £12.99's worth! BUT - this was back in Nov/Dec 2011; the price has now more than doubled to £30!! There is no way I consider this to be worth that much. As I said, I actually had doubts as to whether this was really leather: it looks okay but not great. On the other hand I did have a good clue from being able to see the 'inside' of the material: on the front of my brand new case was a small scuff-like mark... which had obviously been filled in with biro!! If I hadn't been in a rush to take my Kindle on holiday, I would so have sent it back for that!!
Alas, age has only worsened the appearance: the edges of the straps holding the cover to the back have peeled away after fairly minimal use. It's still fully functional, but - £13, okay, £30 - no way!! The Keyboard Kindle surely isn't so obsolete to justify a 'rarity' price on the covers?!
So, final tally: at £13 I'm happy with this as I like the 'stand' and it does seem to be protecting my kindle, and I can forgive the weight. But at £30 there's just no way I'd forgive the cheapness of the material!
I bought my kindle at Christmas after about a year of wanting one but not being quite ready to put my paper backs away. I was'nt sure if I would enjoy reading as much on the kindle but I certainly do!
After receiving it and seeing the size of the screen I decided to by a case to protect it from the usual scratches as I'm sure having scratches would annoy the hell out of me whilst I was trying to read.
I wanted a leather case and went for a duragadget case after seeing it on sale on amazon. The usual retail price is around the £40 mark but I managed to pick one up for £11.99, what a bargain! The case is made of very good quality leather and is very soft to the touch. My kindle fitted in to the case no problem, the fit is very snug so there is no chance of the device slipping out. The kindle can be used whilst it is in the case and does not in any way effect the way in which you use it. All the important areas such as the buttons, charging point and speakers are still easily accessible. There is no loss of sound even though the speakers are covered with a protective mesh whilst in the case.
The case is very light weight so does not add much weight to the weight of the kindle. My favourite design feature is the inbuilt stand; I always lye on the couch or bed when reading so this little stand comes in very handy.
The case is very well designed and excellent quality. The rrp of around £40 is a little steep but sometimes you have to pay for quality.
Late last year when I knew I was going to be getting a Kindle for Christmas, I started looking around for a cover for it. I knew enough to decide that I wasn't going to be happy with taking it outside the house, or putting it in my handbag without having some kind of protective cover over it. Tough or not, the kindle wasn't going to win against anything lurking in my bag.
Did I want a cover with a light? A stand? Leather? There are plenty to choose from on the market. I spent a fair while looking around for what would suit my needs, but in the end the decision was taken out of my hands when I learnt that I was going to be receiving one alongside my kindle for Christmas.
In my mind I thought it would be nice to receive a bright cover in turquoise or even pink, but what I actually got was a deep red case. Instantly it wasn't what I had imagined to be my perfect cover, but I do really need to learn not to judge anything by first glance.
What I had wasn't official Kindle merchandise by any means, but this was done because the product was a lot cheaper than official products. I don't necessarily mind this, as its how the product fares rather than who made it or what it cost.
Fitting my kindle to its new case was easy and quick to do. There is a space to slide the kindle in from top to bottom. It will only fit one way due to the slots for screen, keypad, side buttons etc, so it's not difficult to work out.
Once the Kindle is inserted then the cover flips over from bottom to top, with a magnetic flap which holds the cover in place.
On first impressions I wondered why it was designed this was, as I would have thought it would have been easier to hold if the cover opened like a book. Due to having a stand included in the case, this wouldn't have been possible.
I had noticed the corrugated area on the outer cover, but I didn't notice the picture frame style stand the first time I used the case. Once I realised it could be used as a stand, then I started to use it when lying in bed reading my Kindle.
The stand itself is sturdy and doesn't bend at all. I was worried it wouldn't withstand the kindle's weight properly, but after using it for a few months, I have discovered that my Kindle will stay in the position I put it whether I am lying in bed, have the Kindle propped on the stand on my lap, and even in the car. I have been very impressed with the stand on my case, and despite not being bought for that reason, it was a very good choice in hindsight.
The case overall appears to be well made, from leather and the colour has grown on me a lot since I received it. In many ways it's more neutral and probably better than having a bright colour.
I have noticed that the stitching area has a few frayed edges, but this isn't causing any cause for concern at the moment.
Obviously being a non branded make, I was a little worried that the Kindle wouldn't fit correctly, but I am pleased to report that it is well made to the design and measurements of the Kindle.
For £11.99 compared to approx £30 for a branded Kindle cover, you can't go far wrong. They are available in red, pink, and white and black. The only negative point I can find so far is that it's not waterproof so a different product would have to be purchased.
Overall I recommend this cover if you're looking for a reasonably priced addition for your Kindle. I don't worry about putting in my bag, knowing the screen and casing are well protected from any scratching. Definitely worth the peace of mind.
I was given a Kindle for my birthday and had been using a slip-in style neoprene case to protect it but decided I should probably get something that would protect my Kindle whilst I was using it. After having a look on Amazon, I decided to go with the Duragadget Leather Case with Stand.
The case feels well made and is only a fraction of the cost of the official case. There is a bit of a smell to it but that dissipated quite quickly and I can no longer smell it. I choose the red option but there are several other colours available, I now regret the colour choice as it clashes with the grey of the Kindle, but of course that is personal taste. The fact the corners are not covered annoys me some what, especially when holding it and the leather rubs against my palm. It fits snugly onto the Kindle, but makes the Kindle a lot heavier and bulkier than before, which would be an issue if you regularly travel with the Kindle.
The stand, whilst functional, does not feel very stable to me, and I prefer not to use it, nor do I really see the point. It is difficult to press the buttons whilst the case is in the stand position which is a hindrance when reading. If you don't use the stand feature then the case is good but note the annoyance with weight/feel above.
The case leaves gaps for all the buttons, ports and the keyboard, allowing full operation whilst in the case but it covers the speakers which I have found interferes with the text-to-speech function, but this isn't a big downside if you don't use the feature. A screen protector would be beneficial.
Overall more of a fashion item, than a functional one. I do not see the point of the stand and have increasingly found the bulkiness and stitching to be an annoyance so have stopped using the case. However, for the price a good alternative to the official case.
I purchased my Kindle after many months of debating 'will reading be as enjoyable without having the actual book'. I've not regretted one second.
Now you have your fabulous machine, you want to protect it from the inevitable drops and scrapes, but do you really want to spend over £50 of your hard earned for a case?
I bought the Duragadget leather case and when I first opened the package I was pleasantly surprised that it appeared to be very well made. My Kindle fitted very snug and feels very secure. There is no chance of it accidently falling out when it's being carried around.
The leather is very soft and once your Kindle is in there is no need to take it out. All the buttons and the charging point are still easily accessible. If you like to use the 'text to speech' option that is also catered for with a strong mesh like grill that covers the speakers with no loss of sound.
Another plus point for the Duragadget case is the stand. If like me you like to read in bed sometimes it's great to be able to read your book without having to prop it up. It's very lightweight and as it folds under completely it doesn't make the Kindle much heavier than, and nowhere near as thick as the average paper back.
I would recommend this case to anyone who wants something very well designed, great quality and at an excellent price.
In the back end of last year I updated my Sony E-reader to the far superior Amazon kindle. As with all new devices I purchase I got myself a few accessories to make use of the device and one which I bought at the time is the Duragadget Kindle Cover with Stand which has had a mixed reaction with me. I have this in the black and you can get white,pink and red models too for the price of £9.99 which seems to be the average when looking around the various sites.
First off, the whole premise of having a stand for the Kindle kind of, to me at least, defeats the point of having it as you wouldn't have it for a book and it makes it rather less portable. I have made very little use of the stand itself which is built as one with the cover. Think like a transformer from the cartoon series...one minutes it is one thing, then the next it is something else!
The stand stands firm I guess that is one positive thing. It sits firmly in place and wont budge even if you nudge it from side to side. It needs a firm surface but for instance if you have it on a tray on an plane or a small table it will not move. However, one thing is that this stand just simply isn't practical. Why is there a need for stand? As I said, you would not have one for a book so why for a kindle. Even when browsing other items on the kindle it is unneeded. A kindle is to be held in the hand and the hand only, leaning forward every minute to switch page just doesn't appeal at all. Maybe something you could use for storing it, but then again it is a cover so you would just shut it away unless you wanted to display your new toy.
The best use for this item is the cover. I am always carrying my kindle about and like a bit of protection to it and this cover does the job being firm, tough and durable. I have no worries that this will get damaged in my bag. However, I do prefer a second cover which I purchased which I have reviewed elsewhere.
All in all I would avoid this product as it seems as it if is one novelty too many. Unless you can think of a practical use that you will use the stand for then I see no reason in investing in one. Just get other covers instead!