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I've recently purchased myself a new Kindle, I originally received a Kindle 3 3G (with the keyboard) for Christmas 2010 from my mum. However it died a couple of months ago, and Amazon wanted nothing to do with it as it was out of the 12 month warranty. I spent a good few weeks deciding which e-book reader to replace it with; a Kindle again, a Sony e-reader, or a Kobo. I finally decided to just get myself the cheapest Kindle, as I figured that if they are just designed to last 18 months then I'll just get myself the cheapest e-book reader each time that it dies on me.
My mum did also originally buy me quite an expensive case for my Kindle, however as the replacement Kindle 4 that I bought is so much smaller it was rattling around in the case designed for the much larger keyboard Kindle. So a few weeks after my new Kindle arrived I found myself ordering a new case from Amazon.
I only wanted a cheap case as I'll probably find myself in the same position in 18 months time again when I'm having to buy myself both a new Kindle and a new case to go along with it.
I spotted this little Forefront Case on Amazon for the Kindle 4 at just £2.99, and I figured that this would be perfect. It's reversible so that you can chose to have either the red side or the black side as the exterior. It also has a white trim around the edges of the case for a little bit of detailing.
This fits my new Kindle 4 perfectly, my Kindle fits in this nice and snuggly with no extra room for it to rattle around. It's a slip in design with a flap type closure to it, I just slip my Kindle inside and then fold over the flap and then the 'bottom part' of the case kind of tucks in and under the top flap, rubbish description there I know! I was a little bit worried about the case at first as there's no actual fastening to this as such i.e. a zipper or popper etc. But because the flap tucks in and under so to speak my Kindle does feel protected and secure, and it certainly can't fall out of this. I suppose that this is more of a pouch than a case in design with your Kindle just slipping in to this.
The case / pouch is made from neoprene and it is quite a lot more padded than I expected it to be for just £2.99. Granted it's not as padded as the Belkin Grip Cases, which I had previously for my Kindle Keyboard, but then again they are around £20, and this is just £2.99. It is certainly padded enough to protect my Kindle from day to day knocks, and maybe even being dropped - depending obviously how high you drop it from and onto what surface. I've dropped my Kindle onto a laminate floor when it's been in this case and it is still OK.
This is a very small and sleek case, and so it hardly takes up any room at all in my handbag, it very easily fits into most of my handbags, this is obviously also helped by the fact that my new Kindle 4 is much smaller than my old Kindle Keyboard was. I can squash this into my handbag along with all of my other junk and know that my Kindle is protected. Also it keeps my Kindle clean on a day to day basis as I always pop it back into this case. I like that it's a sleek design but without any added bulk.
Overall for just £2.99 I'm mega impressed, I don't think that you can go wrong with this at all, especially if you are looking at keeping the cost down as I was. With the basic Kindle 4 having just been reduced in price on Amazon to £69, then you can get yourself a Kindle plus a case for just £72 now. I don't think that this case will last for ever, but then again the Kindles don't seem to either and they're a hell of a lot more expensive than just £2.99.
When I first bought my Kindle in 2010 I bought the 'official' leather cover for around £30. Subsequently when the covers developed a fault that meant many of them were causing the Kindles to 'short' or 'freeze', I was lucky enough to get a free upgrade to the version with the built in light. It was a pretty thing constructed of 'Barbie-pink' textured leather but it had one initial disadvantage - it weighed a ton - and a second which only became apparent many months later - the light didn't work.
I got in touch with Amazon and they agreed to refund the cost of my original cover (£29.99, I believe) or replace it with another cover with the light (value of more than £50). Despite the latter perhaps being the better bargain, I'd found so little need for a light that I went for the refund and then had the problem of finding myself a new cover.
After more than a year with the heavy leather covers I'd learned that I didn't really like them very much. They were bulky, heavy and for someone like me with rather small hands, they weren't very comfortable to hold. I decided to scrap the whole idea of a cover and buy a neoprene sleeve instead. I spent a while 'Googling' my options and eventually came up with a bargain that pushed all the sleeves on Amazon into the shade. For a mere £2.80 including postage, I bought a 'reversible neoprene carry case pouch for Amazon Kindle 3 - black/red'. Perhaps you can tell I just copied that off the delivery note. I've now been using this for more than 2 months and we're getting along just fine. I always found it hard to hold a Kindle in my old covers with just one hand unless I bent the cover right back on itself - I much prefer to be able to protect the Kindle when I need to (i.e. when it's in my bag) but to read it 'naked' (the Kindle obviously, not me) in between.
The supplier is a company called 7dayshop.com which is based in St Peter Port in Guernsey which probably means they don't pay VAT. Mind you on an item costing so little, it wouldn't have broken the bank if they had. Ordering was quick and straightforward and I was really surprised to not get charged for postage. The sleeve arrived about a week after I ordered it and at first sight I wondered if I might have 'boobed' - it just looked so small and I was worried I might have bought one for the new smaller format Kindle. I had nothing to worry about - the sleeve was exactly the right size for a snug fit.
The sleeve weighs in at just 51 grams - or less than 2 ounces for those who've never adapted to metric weights. After the leather covers which weigh nearly 230 grams this sleeves feels very light and takes up very little space. It's made of reversible neoprene with black on one side and bright red on the other which makes me laugh as my Kindle can now dress like me as my wetsuit is the same colours. The choice of colours is handy when I'm carrying it in my handbag as I loathe having too many black things all shoved in my bag and difficult to find. The open edges are neatly bound in silver grey tape and the black side has the company's logo - a white figure seven on a red background - at the bottom right hand side. There are no zips or closures and the shape is simple and a bit like an envelope. All you need to do is to pull back the top flap, slide in the Kindle and then pull the flap back over. If you want to change the colour, just pull out the Kindle and turn the cover inside out. It's not exactly rocket science. The seams are firmly sewn and show no sign of fraying or other damage.
If your sleeve gets dirty - and I can't particularly think why it would - neoprene is easy to wash but you just need to make sure you dry it fully before using it again. In a perfect world I would prefer a sleeve that's a bit thicker than this one which is only about 4mm thick. Mostly what I want from any cover is that it stops the Kindle from getting scratched, dusty or dirty or from odds and ends getting stuck into the charging 'holes' on the bottom. I don't really expect a cover to protect my Kindle from my stupidity or from a car driving over it or an elephant sitting on it. I have dropped the Kindle once since buying this and it took quite a knock which bent the join between the back and the base out of place slightly but this had no impact on the Kindle in use. I can't say for sure that my old leather cover would actually have done a much better job though and this incident mostly taught me that it's not a good idea to throw your Kindle around which should have been common sense.
A sleeve like this costs less than 10% of the price for the Kindle leather cover - leaving lots more money to spend on books, which is surely the main point of having a Kindle.
Note: Just in case anyone is wondering at the difference between the name used by dooyoo and by me, I am the one who suggested this so it's definitely the right product, and the photo is a perfect match for my sleeve.