Amazon’s Kindle series is the best of all ebook readers out there. But like with any gadget, it isn’t immune from damage. Plus, some people don’t like the soft plastic feel much. Put a cover on it and you’ll protect your Kindle — but it also changes the reading experience.
Amazon makes its own cases for all Kindles, but with that branding comes a higher price tag. It’s unnecessary too since most third-party case makers offer the same or better product for cheaper.
Omoton’s smart cases strike the right balance in providing features without breaking the bank. It protects your Kindle from drops, has a faux leather finish for a nice feel, and will sleep and wake up the Kindle when you close and open the case respectively.
The Moko Origami Slim Shell case offers a hands-free experience by turning the cover into a stand. The cover can be folded both horizontally and vertically, to prop up the Kindle in landscape or portrait mode.
Chances are, the only time you really need to protect your Kindle are when it’s sitting in a bag with keys or other sharp objects. The regular Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite don’t need screen protectors, but the e-ink display can get scratched. A sleeve is often the best idea, like Bear Motion’s minimalistic but gorgeous solution. Plus, the sleeve also fits the Paperwhite perfectly.
We like it for the Kindle and we like it for the Kindle Paperwhite. The Omoton Smart Case is the no-nonsense solution for anyone who wants a good case without spending what Amazon asks for its own cases.
There isn’t much difference between the Moko and the Fintie Origami cases, but it’s far more difficult to find the Moko one for Paperwhites. Again, you can prop up the Kindle Paperwhite in landscape or portrait mode.
You can get a Bear Motion faux leather sleeve for the Paperwhite too. But if you want to add a bit more oomph, try Moko’s felt cover sleeve. It also includes an additional pocket to store your credit card or even your phone. And this also fits the Kindle, the Voyage, and the Oasis.
Unlike the Kindle and the Paperwhite, the Kindle Voyage sports a glass screen. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but every smartphone user knows how a glass can crack when one of a phone’s corners hits the ground. That’s why we prefer the Finite SmartShell for the Voyage, which adds extra protection around the four corners.
Amazon makes its own origami stand case for the Voyage, but it costs $60/£55, almost the price of buying a Kindle! The Fintie Origami case might not feel as premium, but it’s a quarter of the cost, making it much better value for money.
With that glass screen, you might want a little bit more protection. The Belkin Pleat Sleeve is a tried-and-tested solution with plenty of fans. The neoprene case is sturdy, while a reinforced panel protects the screen for added comfort. It’s pretty old, but it works well.
The Oasis is the top-of-the-line Kindle today (our Kindle Oasis reviewAmazon Kindle Oasis ReviewAmazon Kindle Oasis ReviewWould you pay $290 for an eReader? Amazon bets that bookworms neck-deep in Amazon's eBook market will buy the Kindle Oasis. But you might come to find a bone-dry Oasis.Read More), and it ships with a custom cover in the package. The leather cover is meant to resemble a book and comes with a built-in battery pack. No Kindle owner has ever complained about its battery life, but in case you found it lacking, the Oasis cover makes it last for months without a recharge.
Needless to say, Kindle cases can get unique and creative if you go hunting on Etsy. However, we were looking for functionality over form here. Even so, reading is also about the look and feel, isn’t it?