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5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish protection..., 4 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Belkin Chambray Case, Blacktop [will only fit Kindle Fire HDX 7" (3rd Generation)] (Accessory)
This is my first non-book review of a product sold by Amazon. I decided to forego a certain self-defined "purity" of only reviewing books, and felt that reviewing a product that is associated with the reading process could be viewed as merely expanding the review process slightly. The rationalization could be a slippery slope.

I recently purchased the Kindle Fire HD 7", which I have yet to review. On the next "targeted" Vine newsletter, there were NO books, only covers for my Kindle Fire... which, admittedly I needed, so I decided why not. A reward to myself, as well as those clever folks who do the "targeting."

Belkin has produced a well-designed, stylish cover. The Kindle snaps into the hard plastic cover perfectly, with sufficient snugness so that it will not fall out. Access to the power and control buttons is provided. And there is a convenient elastic strap that readily secures the front cover to the back. The gray cloth cover and the black letter trim provide a very professional appearance. The inside of the front cover contains three grooves so that the Kindle may be placed upright, in "landscape" mode, that is horizontally, for viewing movies in particular, but also for reading.

I checked the criticisms of the cover in some of the other reviews. True, the cover does not provide a facility for the Kindle to stand in the vertical, at different angles. And the front cover does not attach to the back cover. But at least for my purposes, I did not find either purported deficiency to be a drawback. I found it quite comfortable to read in "portrait" mode, that is, vertically, with the cover folded behind the Kindle. And if I wanted to read while it is free-standing, reading in "landscape" mode works well for me, particularly if there are pictures. To change the design to add these features would detract from the current simplicity and elegance of the product.

I'll try to add a "durability" footnote to this review in a year. For now however, 5-stars.
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