Affordable protection for your new Kindle
Amazon has their new Kindle Fire HDX tablets ready to roll out for this holiday season, and if you're buying one for yourself or a loved one, you'll probably want some sort of case to protect that big sheet of glass and keep that soft touch back from getting all grimy. And that something needs to be well built, look good, and from a name you know.
That's where the Poetic Slimline case comes in. It will protect your Kindle Fire HDX 7 well, has that look and feel you want without the big price that Amazon has listed for the Origami cover accessory. And Poetic is a name plenty of us know.
Hit the break and see if the budget-friendly model will suit your needs.
(Note: This accessory is for the newer, 2013 Kindle Fire HDX 7 — not the older, 2012 Kindle Fire HD 7.)
Folio cases are a simple concept. You have a thin plastic shell that connects to the back of your tablet, and a tri-fold cover that goes over the glass. The Poetic Slimline uses a semi-rigid plastic for the shell — it's hard, but it will flex a good bit before it breaks — with a textured coating that feels like the PU cover. We're showing off the tasteful and stoic black here, but it comes in eight colors — black, navy, baby blue, green, white, red, plum and pink — to suit just about anyone.
Overall, it adds very little thickness to the Kindle. With the case on and the cover closed, everything still feels nice and thin, and there's not enough extra weight added to make a difference in the way things feel while you're holding it. You won't feel that it makes things too bulky.
The case grabs the sides of the tablet firmly, but is easy to put on and remove. The top and the bottom (we're talking as if you were holding it in portrait here) edges don't come up over the outside to meet the glass, but the edge where the magnetic closure is does — so the closure magnets can catch, of course.
The fit and finish is done very well, and while close inspection will tell you that it's a case over top the tablet itself, things fit like they were designed and machined with care. The case goes on with a satisfying click, isn't going to fall off, and looks very nice while in place. This is exactly what we want out of a folio case.
The cover itself hinges over from the back, giving the illusion that everything is in one piece with no assembly at the factory. There are three panels to the folding cover, which means you can fold things to prop the tablet up two ways — one low for typing, one at a higher angle for viewing. Either way works well, and extra magnets embedded in the cover means it will hold its position. The case also has magnets in the right spot so that it works to turn the screen on and off as you open and close it — a must-have for any folio cover I'm buying.
When the cover is open, you can fold it back against the rear of the tablet or it lays flat nicely because of the generous cut-out for the rear edge.
Speaking of cutouts, you've also got all the proper ones for buttons for the speakers, as well as the microphone.
The bottom line
The Poetic Slimline may not have "official" branding, but if I were looking for a good folio case that also turns my screen on and off as a good folio case should, I would be happy with this one.
It fits well, looks good and protects your expensive tablet while you go through life. And it does it all without breaking the bank at $14.95 (as of this writing). Grab one for your Kindle HDX 7 at Amazon.
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