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I remember when you could only buy proper kindle cases and they were an extortionate price! My friend who had one pretty much as soon as they were released decided he was far too tight to buy a case and had his wife make him one out of felt! It doesn't take long for others to jumb on the market though and come up with something that does the job for a far smaller price. I have this cover for my kindle in the same colour too. It is well made with decent stitching, a good looking faux leather and nice suede effect inside. Gaps in all the right places allowing you to get to the buttons and bits you need and just enough padding to protect your kindle without being bulky or weighty. All important. Shuts with a magnetic clasp which i find hard to get home sometimes, but even when not properly snapped in, it holds shut because the magnet is really strong. It does what it need to do at a very good price.
I never in a million years though I would own a Kindle. I am very much old school when it comes to books, loving the feel of them, the smell of them and just physically reading a book - turning the pages, and feeling that triumphant feeling when you turn the final page and its done. However, I was bought a Kindle for Christmas from Harry and his dad, which was a lovely present, and of course I wanted to look after it and protect, so I quickly went online to buy myself a Kindle. I didn't want to pay the £30+ that Amazon were charging for their official cover, so instead I looked for another brand, and stumbled across this Tecknet cover for just £8.99. The biggest thing for me was that it was purple, my favourite colour ever so it seemed like it was meant to be!
The cover is made by the company Tecknet, not one I heard of before. However, the reviews on Amazon sounded really good, and for that price, I decided it was worth a try. The cover isn't leather, but is a high quality synthetic leather, called PU leather. When you look at the item, you wouldn't initially know it's not real leather, and it certainly feels okay to me as well. The stitching around the outside is very well done, neat and tidy, and the same goes for the inside. I really love the colour, it's not as bright as the picture above shows, but it's a nice soft purple colour that I think looks great. When the cover is closed, it gives full protection to the front screen and the back of the Kindle, and it's snug enough that nothing should be able to get in the sides either, so in that respect, it's a good enough cover to be able to shove your Kindle in your bag and not worry about it.
When you open the Kindle cover, you will notice that the clasp is back-to-front compared to what you would expect. While it took a while for me to get used to this, there is a sensible reason for it and that is so that when you open it, you don't constantly have a metal clasp scraping on the delicate screen, instead it is folded behind if you choose to use the cover that way, or just on the opposite side if you open the cover like a book. On the left side, there are 4 credit card style slots which are a good idea, but not something I'd use as I wouldn't want to run the risk of scratching the screen with the embossed letters on a card. There are also a couple of storage flaps too which could prove useful if you needed to pop a bit of paperwork in there. However, I don't use these slots so I can't comment any further.
Now to the important bit - how it works with the Kindle. It's really easy to use, you just slot your machine onto the right side of the cover, making sure you place each of the corners inside one of the protective corners which hold it into place. The bottom two corners are more solid leather holders, so pop the kindle into these first, and then pull the elasticated top holders over which hold it firmly into place. Although they are elastic, they don't move at all unless they are pulled, so no danger of your Kindle falling out at any point. The corners don't obstruct any of the buttons at the bottom of the Kindle either, so it's been well thought of in that respect. The front cover is fairly solid as well so it isn't too flimsy and is therefore very protective of the screen, and when it's closed, it feels really sturdy and you have faith in it that it won't let you down and end up with a smashed Kindle screen!
Overall, this is a very good value for money Kindle cover that certainly does a good job of protecting your hardware. I really like the colour, and the fact that isn't real leather hasn't bothered me at all. It's solid enough to protect the machine and the screen from any knocks, and I really like the fact that they have put the clasp on back-to-front so you don't damage your Kindle when reading. At less than £10, it's far cheaper than Amazon's official cover, and for the money, you really can't go wrong. It's well constructed, shows no signs of wear and tear on mine after 3 months of usage, and looks great too. If you're looking for a protective cover that won't break the bank, look no further than the Tecknet Premium Kindle Folio Case, I love mine!
RRP: £19.98, although Amazon.co.uk are always selling it for at least half that price. Only compatible with the Kindle keyboard.
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I haven't gotten round to reviewing my Kindle yet - probably as I spend so much time reading it - but I was fortunate enough to be given one for Christmas. I knew that I would want a cover for it but there was so much choice on Amazon and I didn't want to pay £50 for a cover just because it had a light built in; I didn't see the point. In the end I settled for this one from Amazon and it cost me £8.98 which was an absolute bargain. The brand of the cover is TeckNet. This is engraved in the top right hand corner of the cover but doesn't affect the appearance at all.
It said online that it was good for the Amazon Kindle Keyboard or Kindle 3 and as I have the keyboard model it was compatible with my Kindle. It also stated that it was made out of a synthetic leather and as far as I am aware it is only available in the purple. There were several things that attracted me to this particular cover;
Protection for my Kindle
But there were many more advantages that I began to discover. As you can see from the picture above, there is space for credit cards or bank cards and you can also fit a few folded sheets of paper behind them if you want; I actually have my little Kindle introductory guide in there. This is VERY handy for people who travel as you can put your tickets and cash card in there without much rummaging; separate safe place for passport needed, however.
The Kindle is held in place by the 2 bottom corners being fixed and the top 2 being elastic, meaning that you slip the Kindle in and secure it using the top 2 elastics. It is the perfect fit; easy to removed if you want to but also stays completely secure if you prefer to read it in the Kindle cover.
The cover closes securely with a magnetic clasp on the back. I read several reviews on Amazon before I bought this and people didn't seem to realise this prior to purchase along with the fact that synthetic leather means that it is not real. It drives me crazy when people do not read product descriptions properly. It snaps shut quickly and easily and once closed, the cover protects the Kindle well, keeping it snug but it doesn't press into the screen or put pressure on it anywhere else; the fit is very comfortable. One piece of advice; if you want this, please check that it is compatible with your Kindle regarding the dimensions, the newer models are smaller/slimmer so it would not fit them.
I really do love the colour and quality of the cover. It does look very good for synthetic leather and it is a gorgeous plum purple colour like the one pictured above (taken from Amazon). I also find it to have extra protective qualities; I have dropped it once or twice and the Kindle itself has never been damaged. My flatmate has one of the expensive ones with the light and my cover works just as well for what I want it to do. It holds the Kindle securely, it offers protection when I put it in my bag, it makes travelling that bit easier for documents and credit cards as well as looking very pretty!! Also, despite being dropped a few times, the case has never shown any scratches or wear and tear after several months of use and it is easy to wipe clean.
I think for the money this is an incredibly good buy and to be honest I did not see many Kindle covers that were purple, even in the more expensive ones. It is cheap, effective and whilst I originally purchased it as a cover "to tide me over until I found a really nice expensive one", I have no desire whatsoever to find a more expensive cover, this does everything that I want it to with the bonus of being a lovely colour as well. It makes no sense to buy another one, this one is perfect!!