Tags

, , , ,

Amazon KINDLE 2 with a protective cover attached

Amazon KINDLE 2 with a protective cover attached

The movie shows the brand new Amazon KINDLE-2 screen with a just finished protective cover made with duck tape and plastic corrugated cardboard. The movie below shows the completed folding-cover being flipped back and forth and analyzed in the first minute of viewing it by my companion. After one day of usage I can say that the Kindle-2 is great and performs as expected but it seemed to me that the screen needed some protection so I made this screen cover for it. A couple of years ago I somehow ruined a digital camera screen while it was still in its camera bag. I am a careful person with my electronic gear but it happens sometimes.

The construction was straightforward and consisted of cutting out some corrugated plastic cardboard to fit and then duck taping at the top corners. We tried a couple of different options on the specifics of attaching it such as from the left side so it opened like a book but it felt better in the hand while reading to have it hinged from the top. The sides of the corrugated cardboard were taped over to cover the holes and to smooth the edges so it felt better in the hand.

The Amazon people have created a great product with this Kindle and the options seem to work as advertised, which is amazing. But why didn’t they provide a descent screen protector built in rather than relying on some after market purchase which may be no more than a soft bag and provide no protection for the screen other than minor scratching? This cover which I made in under a half an hour even with the various false starts looks okay and will provide some real in pack or purse protection.

Sometimes a manufacturer creates the product in such a way that it has built in protection of its sensitive parts. The Nokia 770 Internet tablet is such a device. It has a reversible hard face which has the additional feature of being an ON/OFF switch when you take it out of the holder to its alternate position.

Nokia 770 showing the integrated hard case

Nokia 770 showing the integrated hard case

The above picture shows the device taken half out of its hard case from its operating condition and the picture below shows the device turned around relative to its holding case and about to be slid down into it.

Nokia 770 about to be slid into its storage position

Nokia 770 about to be slid into its storage position

This Nokia two position case gives good protection because in the storage position the hard case covers the screen. When the device is being used the screen is exposed but the case provides some protection if the device is dropped. A millimeter of foam at the bottom would help to absorb some shock.

The Amazon Kindle itself is wonderful but it is lacking any sort of protection and it is hoped that the construction of their screens and the electronics is very robust indeed because surely they will get dropped and jammed about when in a pack. So I would recommend spending a half an hour and make a protective cover and if a year from now you are still using your Kindle — remember me.