When Amazon sent me a Paperwhite 3 to review, they included an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Leather Cover, and I’ve been using the cover for a couple of weeks now, long enough to form some impressions.
I like the cover. It feels good in the hand, and it has a tiny bit of extra “cush” which other covers don’t have. The sleep/wake function performs flawlessly, and the magnet closure holds the cover closed, kind of no matter what I do with the case. The leather material feels nice to my fingers, although, because it is textured and patterned, it doesn’t actually feel like leather to me. I prefer my leather smooth.
According to the product listing, it’s “Designed by Amazon to be the lightest and thinnest protective cover for Kindle Paperwhite.” More on that in a minute, but it is thin and doesn’t add much weight or bulk to the Kindle. It folds back easily for one-handed reading, even for long reading sessions. Over the weekend, I curled up with a very good book (series review coming as soon as I finish the final book) for several hours, reading one-handed, and experienced no hand cramping or discomfort.
Because Amazon hasn’t changed the dimensions of any of the various versions of the Paperwhite, this cover will fit them all, from the first version to the latest.
As I said, I like it. However, here’s the question. “Is it worth $39.99?” I’ve reviewed and enjoyed Inateck covers, and they are currently running between $12.99 (for the model I reviewed first) to $15.99 (for the one I reviewed in May). That’s lots less. Is the Amazon case worth more than twice as much?
I’m going to have to say no. The $15.99 Inateck case is actually a tiny bit thinner than the Amazon case. It’s also a bit narrower. Not that it would make a practical difference in use, but Amazon shouldn’t be claiming the “thinnest” case anymore. I’ve liked the feel and quality of the Inateck cases. I’ve been using one of them for more than 6 months, and it hasn’t shown the slightest bit of wear, so you’re not sacrificing quality or longevity by purchasing the cheaper case.
I guess it comes down to how important leather is to you because that’s the only practical difference between the Amazon case and the third-party ones. My feeling is that if the feel of leather is important to you, it would be better to spend more and go for something like the Oberon case. Yes, they cost more than the Amazon case, and they are heavier, but if you want a gorgeous leather case which doubles as a work of art, you can’t get better than Oberon. (I’ve never had one because I’m not crazy about the loop fasteners Oberon uses, but I still drop by their site and admire them on occasion.)
Now I’m curious. Have any of you spent your own money for an Amazon leather case? Did you think it was worth what you paid for it? (No fair responding if you managed to get it on sale!)