Having recently become the owner of a new Kindle 4 I was eager to buy some sort of protective cover for it, I'd read previous reviews on dooyoo from Kindle owners who paid upwards of £50 for a cover and light and decided from the offset that there was no way on earth I was going to pay that sort of money for one and figured that there had to be cheaper alternatives available. A quick browse on amazon filtering the prices from the cheapest upwards soon paid off as my eyes were drawn to the cover and light shown here, the SD Folio Case Cover; Designed specifically for the Kindle 4 and supplied with a clip-on LED light it didn't take too long for me to decide to buy one, at just £6.99 and available in an array of colours it arrived through the post a few days later and has proven itself to be a fantastic buy as well as being a complete bargain at the same time.
The cover is made of a faux-leather type material and my initial reaction was that it reminded me of one of those old filo-faxes that used to be a common sight not so long ago. It's book shaped with a front and back cover and is held together by a silver metal clasp covered in the same leather-like material. Because I'm not terribly adventurous I chose Black as the colour for mine although it is available in a wide choice of colours although I should point out here that amazon's rather bizarre pricing system charges more for some colours than others with the Red and Purple options plus a few others costing £8.99 rather than the £6.99 you'd pay for the boring old Black version. Be it £6.99 or £8.99 you pay I'd still consider this to be money very well spent if you're the new owner of a Kindle 4 and are wanting a cover for it as there's absolutely nothing negative to be said about how the cover holds and protects the Kindle once it's inside.
There are 4 firmly stitched hoops located on the corners of the cover which hold the Kindle in place and once there it is held firmly without slipping or becoming loose, it's the exact dimensions of the Kindle itself so you'll find that it completely protects the device from all sides without any edges being exposed and the clasp holds firmly in place by magnet which should prevent the case from opening unless you want it to. On the opposite side to the Kindle is a handy pocket that has been stitched to the interior of the cover, this presumably could come in handy for any commuters who want to store away their train ticket or it could be used for holding a piece of paper maybe, it's not something I use myself admittedly so it's inclusion is rather redundant for me but it's still an added feature that could be beneficial to others and again gives the cover something extra that belies it's rather cheap price tag. The cover overall is very well made, the stitching is tight and carefully finished off without any snags or tears, it certainly doesn't look cheap and although it doesn't have the same feel as bonded or padded leather I can't imagine anyone feeling embarrassed about owing one as it looks a lot more expensive than a penny under £7.00.
Supplied with the cover is a clip-on LED plastic light which provides just enough illumination to gently light up the screen of the Kindle and allows for night time reading, it won't prove to be much of a distraction to a partner if you read in bed and they're wanting to go to sleep but it's bright enough to be of some use even if the light provided is a bit 'cold' looking. The clip-on structure is sturdy and again well made and easily clips onto the case and can be positioned where-ever you like to maximise the light it gives off, it has a decent length bendy 'neck' that can be adjusted to suit and takes 3 AAA batteries. In the time I've owned my Kindle I've not had cause to change the batteries in mine yet so can't really comment on how long they're likely to last, this would obviously be dependant on how often it is used and for what period of time but in the six or seven weeks I've had my Kindle the batteries in the light are still going strong so I have nothing to complain about as far as the batteries longevity is concerned and given the fact that the light emitted is quite gentle I can't see it being a battery-eater in all honesty.
Overall for £6.99 I think you get plenty for your money with this cover and light, it's a steal when compared to some other covers that offer the same protection for a higher price and for me it has definitely been money well spent. The cover is easy to hold, the Kindle slots into place without concern and is held firmly thanks to the tight stitching on the loops. The Black version of the case has a mottled leather-look and feel to it and essentially has the appearance of a leather-bound diary when it's closed up. It's withstood a fair few knocks and scrapes since I've owned mine, I've accidentally dropped it on the floor without scuffing the cover on a couple of occasions and it looks the same today as it did when I first received it through the post. Do be aware that this has been designed specifically for the Wifi/3G Kindle 4, it's not suitable for the Keyboard or Touch variations so only consider this one if you have the November 2011 release as for other models it probably wont fit. That said, anyone with a Kindle 4 who is on the look out for a protective case for their new toy should definitely consider this one as it offers exceptional value for money, it does the job perfectly and is available in a number of colour choices.
Five stars as a rating and definitely recommended. Thanks for reading my review.
If you've recently bought or received a Kindle 4 the chances are that you are going to want to protect your new baby, I know I did. There are two main avenues to take when buying a cover, the official, expensive route or the unofficial and far more affordable. I knew which route I was going to take, there is no way I could justify spending £40 plus on an official cover, after all that's just under half the cost of a Kindle. After making the decision to go down the unofficial route, I had a bit of a search on Amazon and discovered the SD Folio Case Cover Pouch (henceforth known as the cover) with a free clip on reading lamp. This case is available in a variety of colours, but I chose the purple which cost me £8.99 with free delivery.
With a faux leather exterior and faux suede interior the cover is a beautiful almost plum purple. Deep enough in shade to not be too feminine, but light enough to not be too masculine, I feel it's the perfect colour for either sex and it's looks extremely smart. The stitching is in a slightly paler shade, contrasts well and is extremely even, which loans itself to making the cover look far more expensive than it actually is. The cover opens and shuts via a magnetic clasp, that looks like it's a snap fastener, but actually closes without the need for any pressure. The clasp holds very securely but takes minimum force to open. When closed I would say that the cover looks rather like a slim line filofax and so pretty stylish.
On opening the cover it's simplicity itself to position your Kindle. There are four corner straps, the top two of which are elasticated. Once placed over each corner of the Kindle these straps hold it firmly in position, with absolutely no movement and the fit is perfect with just a couple of millimetres overlap. I especially like the way the fact that the interior is made of a very soft faux suede which helps protect the Kindle from scratching. Another point of the interior that I particularly like is a pocket on the back of the front cover. This pocket is perfect for holding a train or bus ticket and means my ticket is always to hand when reading on public transport.
Holding the Kindle whilst it is in the cover is something that takes a while to get used to. The front cover can be folded behind the back which makes it easier to hold. I have tried holding it as I would a book, but found the fact that the Kindle is only on one side makes it lop-sided and uncomfortable after only a few minutes. All of the Kindle's buttons are available whilst in the cover, but I do find that the few extra millimetres does mean that I struggle to reach the left hand page turns and the crook between my index finger and thumb does rub a little, which can be painful after extended reading sessions. I also find that the faux leather exterior does tend to make my hands sweat a little more than normal.
While the cover is slightly padded, I wouldn't say it would necessarily do a fantastic job at protecting my Kindle from a fall onto a hard surface. But it does do a fantastic job of protecting my Kindle from the contents of my handbag, meaning it hasn't got a scratch on it even after sharing said bag with keys, money and goodness knows what else. While I already felt the Kindle was stylish, I would say that this cover makes it look even more stylish. As to durability, well I've only had the cover for a few weeks but it has had very extended use protecting my Kindle both at home and out and about. So far the cover appears to be extremely well made, the stitching has held firm, the magnetic clasp hasn't lost any of it's staying power and even with the front regularly being folding back there is no sign of cracking along the spine. Oh and not being made of real leather, when the exterior gets a little grubby, it's easy to clean with a barely damp cloth.
The cover itself is fantastic and definitely fit for purpose. It looks smart, protects my Kindle and makes the reading experience just a little bit more "book-like". At the price this is selling for on Amazon, which is now £9.99 this is a fantastic buy and as far as I'm concerned even with my very slight niggles worth five stars out of five. But the cover is not all you get for your money, you also get...
While I would describe the cover as stylish the same certainly couldn't be said about the light. Powered by three AAA batteries this clip on light is rather large and bulky. The light clips onto the cover via a hinged, spring action clamp, which is slightly padded on one side. As it contains three batteries I find that it is a little heavy and it is best to clip the light onto the front page of the cover and then fold that behind the rear page. I have tried clipping the light on to the cover and holding it like a book, but the extra weight does make it feel unbalanced and uncomfortable to hold. Once clipped into place the clamp does not mark the cover.
The actual light is an LED bulb at the end of a poseable swan neck. With this neck being over six inches in length, it's easy to manipulate into the exact position to illuminate the Kindle without glare. The light is switched on via a small button at the bulb end. This button is slightly raised which means it's easy to find, even in the dark. Once switched on the light is the perfect balance between being bright enough to illuminate the Kindle without being so bright that it disturbs my partner sleeping beside me. I find it does exactly what it should, which is allows me to read in bed without having to have the bedside light on without disturbing my partner or hurting my eyes.
As to battery life, I cannot be exact on how long a set of batteries will last. I installed a set of mid-range batteries (ELC to be exact) several weeks ago and that same set of batteries are still going strong after at least twenty hours of reading time. Obviously cheaper batteries won't last as long, while high range will last longer, but so far I'm very happy that I've not had to change the batteries so far.
All in all, while the light is in no way perfect, it's certainly fit for purpose. It's not the most stylish of accessories and is a little heavy, but I do like that it is independently powered and doesn't suck my Kindle's battery dry and I love that it allows me to read my Kindle in bed.
While I really would recommend that anyone who owns a Kindle should by a cover, I really can't understand why they would pay the extortionate price that an official cover demands when this is available. Although not made of leather, this does look as if it is, and it is very well made with good attention to detail. The addition of the free light is another definite plus point as although it isn't particularly stylish it certainly does the job. So I'm whole-heartedly recommending the SD Folio Case Cover Pouch with Free Clip-on Reading Lamp to anyone who is purchasing (or has purchased) a Kindle 4. After all the Kindle itself is fantastic and it makes sense to spend a little to protect it.
A fantastic value pack from G-HUB which includes a basic but stylish & functional folio case to keep your new device fully protected against bumps and knocks. The Folio is made from a leather like material on the exterior for the ultimate protection while the soft interior lining will keep your screen free of scratches when you store your Kindle away. The BONUS Clip-On LED Lamp is convenient for night time reading and is powerful enough to ensure you can read in comfort but subtle enough not to wake others around you. *introductory offer available for a limited time only. Compatible for use with the new Kindle device launching October 12th 2011 and available in a variety of colours.