Like some others I bought this case as it was the only one available. Once I snapped it on I could see how things were going to go. the sides of the case are stiff and the Vita is held inside by a plastic bracket that snaps into the holes created by the lower loops on the system. At first the rubbery section holding them together was stiff making the system bulky to hold and maneuver. I tried using the velcro strip to hold the flaps together as they dangled off the bottom of the Vita and that worked for a while, though the system was still heavier than was comfortable, especially when trying to play sitting down (which is going to happen a lot with the short battery life and short power cable provided.)
Also, unless you're going to leave the case opened, you cannot charge the Vita while it's in the case.
The problem was that the case only did a mediocre job of actually protecting the Vita. The bracket is held to the case by a strip of cloth that has a bit too much play in it, so snapping the case shut and fastening the velcro strip still leaves some wiggle room. The best way I can describe the setup is it's like holding an ice cream sandwich which has started to melt. The Vita shifts all over and has a tendency to flop out the sides a little bit, which makes the case useless if you happen to drop the system. The bracket itself - which the whole assembly hinges on - is anchored by two tiny clips that can be popped off easily enough, but either one breaking will render the whole case useless.
Also I should add that the semigloss rubbery leather texture of the case is nice to look at but is like a magnet for fingerprints and any grease on your hands. The material lining the inside of the flaps tends to pick lint off of any other fabrics it touches, so if you're wearing a colored t-shirt and playing with the system on your lap, it's going to get some lint on it.
Don't get me wrong, I wanted to like this case. It looks very nice when the system is placed inside it right and I'm sure the hard flaps on the case can take a beating, but there's virtually no protection from the sides, which is bad for drops, and if you happen to spill something on the Vita while it's in the case it's still going to get damaged.
I returned this case and got the Travel Pouch which is MUCH more practical. Honestly for the difference of better protection, decent padding, game and cable storage options all at the same price there is NO reason to go with this carrying case over the travel pouch or even the sleeve included with the First Edition bundle.