After a recent survey of the options for Kindle waterproof cases, I was given the opportunity to try out one of the selections I mentioned hands-on. Since then, I’ve spent about three solid days using and testing the KlearKase for Kindle 3 and I think I have to revise a few things that I initially said about the product. For the sake of thoroughness, I think it might help to lay things out point by point here.
In spite of being a full coverage case, there is nothing that you technically cannot do with a KlearKase on your Kindle. Not only are the page turn buttons accessible, but you can easily handle the QWERTY keyboard and pop out silicon plugs to get at the power slider and headphone jack. Even the volume control is responsive.
Barring certain specific needs and circumstances, most of the time it is easy to forget you even have a case on the Kindle. This is pretty much the best compliment I can think of for something like this. The pattern on the back of the case makes it easy to grip, the page turn toggles aren’t hard to get used to, and the keyboard might even be slightly more comfortable to type on than it normally is.
The protection on this case is impressive, as it was meant to be. With one of these, your Kindle will not be scratched, dirty, or damp in any way. With the port plugs jammed in, pretty much nothing makes it through. While the KlearKase is advertised as splash-proof rather than waterproof, I jammed the thing full of paper towels and held it under water for a good 10 minutes without anything inside getting wet.
There are two minor inconveniences to be aware of, neither of which take much getting used to. First, the directional control is slightly harder to use than normal. Because it is such a low profile button to begin with, it can be a bit difficult to feel clearly through the silicon screen. Not a big deal. The other is the page turn toggles. When using this case, turning a page becomes a matter of pushing a button straight down. If you are like me and usually hold your Kindle in such a way as to make page turns a matter of just rolling your thumb a bit to squeeze the button, it might take a couple hours use before it feels natural.
The only downside I can think of here is glare. You can’t really have full screen protection without that becoming more of an issue. Outside of direct lighting like a book lamp or something, it probably won’t bother anybody much.
Like I said, the protection is great. It would take far more of a fall or crush to damage a Kindle inside one of these things than it would in most other cases. As I mentioned, water is a non-issue.
The Big Picture
This is a case I can see becoming a regular use thing. Having had one to try out, I don’t think I would consider giving a Kindle to a kid without a KlearKase(alliteration not intended). It protects, but most importantly it doesn’t get in the way. While it will never pass for a personal statement or fashion accessory, don’t overlook this one.