Top positive review
Not perfect, but pretty nice
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 November 2021
This is the first official Amazon cover I've had since the original Paperwhite one, as I wasn't keen on the Origami covers for the Voyage I've been using since then, so went for a 3rd party option that time. I previously always went for the leather Amazon covers, but having read the reviews for the current leather ones I decided to give the fabric version a go instead - the fact that it's water safe was also a factor since I intend to make use of the new Kindle being water resistant.
I got the Lavender option, and really wasn't sure what the colour would be like - on the LCD screen of my laptop it looked like a lovely violet shade, on the OLED screens of my phone and tablet it looked a not so appealing pink! The reality is somewhere in between the two, but probably closer to how it looked on the OLEDs - it's definitely more pink toned than purple, but at the same time there is a distinct purple hue off it in certain lights. 'Heather' is the description that immediately came to mind for me when I first saw it. It's also much paler than it looked in the photos, which for me is actually a good thing given the pinkish colour. The denim type fabric has lighter and darker 'threads' in it when you look closely, which gives the colour an almost chalky appearance which I like.
That denim style outer fabric is really quite rough to the touch (so should hopefully be hard wearing), but the interior of the front flap - which is what I'm holding since I read with it flipped right back - has a lovely suede-like feel to it. When you do flip the front cover round to the back, it attaches there magnetically so it won't flap about if you're holding the Kindle with your left hand, which is a nice bonus. The back of the case, where the Kindle slots in, is open at the top and bottom, so the device is only gripped along the long sides. I actually quite like the symmetrical, minimalist look that gives it rather than having bits cut out for the charging port etc, but it's something to be aware of if you prefer to have all four sides of the Kindle covered for added protection.
The one real issue I had initially is that the bottom edge of the back part of the cover is really thin and hard, to the extent it was causing considerable discomfort and leaving indents in my fingers when I held the Kindle with a couple of them curled under for it to rest on. I've now changed the way I hold the Kindle so that it's the broader, rounded corner section against my hand rather than the sharp bottom edge, which is much more comfortable.