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A Case for Kindle Fire

 

This is not an article in favor of Kindle Fire; it's about a portfolio case for the Kindle Fire made by Griffin.

I like a portfolio case because it protects the screen as well as the body of my device. This one is a handsome black leather case. It has four diagonal elastic bands, one at each corner to secure the Kindle in place at which it does a fine job.

When you open the case book style, the screen is revealed. There is an elastic band that can be used to secure the cover in a folded back position so it doesn't flop around, and you can use your reader like a book.

The inside lining is made of blue striped cotton mattress ticking, which is not unpleasant to gaze upon.

As far as I'm concerned it does the job it is supposed to do, but I have some improvements to suggest. It would be nice if it could be used as a stand in both the horizontal and vertical positions, but alas, it is not so designed.

However, necessity is the mother of invention. I have devised a couple of ways the case can be utilized as a stand in both positions.

Do you know that Scotch tape that comes in a roll or in strips that can be used to stick just about anything to anything. This stuff is kind of like putty. You just remove the backing on both sides, tear off a piece a couple of inches long, tear it in half and roll it into little balls. You can stick one ball in front of the case and one ball in front of the other side of the case. This is enough to keep it from closing and allows the case to become a useful stand. Use two balls for greater stability.

Another solution I tried is to use a couple of small paper clip clamps with a string between them of the proper length to give you the angle you desire for a proper slant of the case.

Yet another solution when you are in bed or reclining is to open the case in a horizontal position and let the open leg rest against your belt or another obstruction so it can't move and will serve as a stand. This does not work well in the portrait mode.

If you implement one of these simple solutions, this elegant case can also be used as a stand for your Kindle, and I then have no reservations in giving it a thumbs up recommendation. However, that doesn't excuse the developer from devising an easy method for turning the case into a stand. Let's hope subsequent editions will have this functionality.

Another suggestion I would like to make is that it could have a stylus holder too. I love to use a style with tablet computers such as the Kindle Fire, and it would be nice to have a place to stow it so that it doesn't get separated, which happens all too often.

And, as long as we're at it, why not a pocket for business cards on the inside cover?

It costs $29.95 and is available at retailers such as Best Buy and Walmart. You may view and purchase it from Griffin here:  http://store.griffintechnology.com/kindle/simple-passport-for-ereader?options=cart. Note that there are several color choices available.

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