Last Fall I bought myself an early Christmas gift. I wanted a small tablet but I did not want to pay as much as the price of a small laptop, so I went with the new Kindle Fire HD.
I will begin with a little history about the Kindle Fire. Initially it started out as an upgrade to the Kindle Reader in 2011. The Fire added a color display and the ability to access the browse the internet. It retained the 7 inch size of the normal Readers.
In 2012, Amazon added an 8.9 inch version of the Fire HD to compete with Apple's iPad model.
Interestingly enough Apple felt the pressure from Amazon in the lower range market and introduced the mini iPad in 2012 to compete in that segment.
I chose the 7 inch Kindle Fire because I wanted something portable and it is the perfect size for carrying it with you anywhere. I have even taken it into Doctor's offices and read while I was waiting.
But that portability is precisely why it needs to be protected. If you are going to be carrying it around everywhere, you need a tablet sleeve with a cover that flips over and protects the HD glass screen. You do not want to get scratches on your glass.
As for me, I had already decided that I was going to be taking it to the gym a lot. After searching around online, I found a case from Fintie and it had good reviews so I purchased the black version. As soon as it arrived, I put it on the Kindle and it has been there for the last 6 months.
The case features a folding flap that protects the glass when you carrying it around. When you flip it open, the Kindle automatically turns on. The opposite happens when you close the flap. For weeks I could not figure out how it knew to do this. At first I thought it was a gyroscope thing, but then it read something online that it has some kind of magnetic feature that interacts with the Kindle. I am not exactly sure how it works, just know, when you close the thing, you Kindle will go into a hibernation mode and when you open the case flap, it wakes up. Cool feature.
With the case installed, you have access to all of the buttons on the Kindle. There is no need to remove it from the case to charge it as the plug fits into a hole on the side. The same is true for volume controls and the on/off button on the device.
If also has a recessed portion on the front so that your built-in Kindle camera is not covered.
The case adds some width and depth to the Kindle, however, it is nothing to be concerned with especially if you plan on packing it and carrying it with you. I personally have never found it to be an issue and I leave it in the case all of the time. I have probably only had it out maybe three or four times since I owned the device and that was just to wipe everything down.
How to Fit Your Kindle into the Fintie Case
This may sound trivial but there is a setting on the Fire that you may need to adjust else you may end up thinking this product is out of whack.
First, go into your settings in the Kindle Fire and make sure that “Auto-Rotate” is checked. To do this go swipe down from the top of the screen downward. To unlock the screen, tap the first icon on the far left and make sure it is showing “Unlocked”.
If you do not do this, the Kindle will be stuck showing one way all the time and so it may appear to go in the case upside down or the stand feature on the back will not work because the screen is upside down. With that setting checked, the screen will orient itself whichever way you turn it.
When inserting the device into the case, make sure the power button and USB port are on the top and the volume button and headphone jack are on the bottom.
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Summary of Product Features
- Made of synthetic leather with plush interior wall to prevent scratching the glass screen
- Cover flips over behind the case and tucks in a slot to make a horizontal stand
- Kindle fits into an interior pocket and is held in place by a piece of Velcro that keeps it from dislodging
- Magnetic auto wake/sleep feature turns the Kindle on or off when you open or close the flap.
- Built-in stylus or pen holder, although I am not sure why you would ever use a stylus with a Kindle.
This case does what it is supposed to do, that is protect your Fire from scratches. If you do not like the color black, it comes in about 10 different other colors if you want yours to stand out. However, be aware that sometimes different colors add a few dollars to the price. I am not sure why, but just be on the lookout.
Some people have complained about fraying with time, but mine is still holding up well after 6 months and I take it to the gym with me every time. I really have nothing bad to say about this product and I would highly recommend this case if own on a 2013 model Kindle Fire HD.
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