Since I received my Kindle 2 device last February, I have had the opportunity to review a number of cases, and we have still more to go. But today I want to focus on what could be the most comprehensive case I have reviewed. This is really not so much a travel case for the Kindle as it is a travel case for all of your gadgets. Let’s take a closer look at the case with a pocket for everything.
The outside of the case is constructed from the same water resistant nylon material as the other Waterfield cases I reviewed for the Kindle 2. This is great, because it is attractive and professional looking, but casual enough to be comfortable.
The closed sides are covered in a rubberized, textured material to ensure the case will not slip out of your hands while you are carrying it.
The top of the case opens wide with a zipper stretching from end to end. One thing which was very unique was the zipper pull, which does not flop loosely off of the zipper, but instead is held snugly in position.
This means you can lay it flat against the zipper, and it will stay in place, with no fear of it snagging on anything. I will say, however, that I found the tab to be a bit small. I would have liked a larger leather tab, or even a tab made of the same material as the rest of the case.
In the front of the Travel Case is a large pocket, which opens like a gash across the front. It opens to reveal a surprising amount of storage space. There is a large pocket, with two mesh dividers in the back. This offers plenty of space for a retractable cable, batteries, extra memory…just about anything.
Inside the main compartment of the case is a lot of padding. And I mean padding unlike anything I have seen before. Waterfield clearly aims to protect your devices with this one. And since your primary purpose in using this case is probably to…carry and protect your gear, well you can see where this is going. With all of that padding, you would expect this to be a bulky case, so I was pretty impressed by how flat it actually lay when empty.
All of that padding combines to form one large main pocket, and three smaller pockets. The large pocket is, obviously, perfect for the Kindle or Kindle 2 (though it may be a bit small for the Kindle DX). The nice thing here is that if you use a cover-style case, there is no need to remove the Kindle from it before sliding it into the Travel Case. the pocket is wide enough to hold the Kindle in your everyday case.
The first of the three pockets is nice and large, perfect for holding your power cables and adaptors. The other two pockets are smaller, and tighter. These are great for holding some of your smaller gadgets, such as a phone, mp3 player or gaming device.
What really impressed me was how much this case could hold without significantly increasing its size or weight. Here is a picture of it fully packed. Above is a look at what Waterfield crammed in the Travel case.
Now, let’s take a look at what I managed to squeeze in there:
- 4 GB Memory Card (micrSD)
- iPod Touch
- Sprint Mogul
- Kindle 2 (obviously)
- Cowon S9
- Boxwave AC Adaptor
- Assorted sync/charge cables
Not too shabby at all. And, it even comes in your choice of colors.
I was really impressed by this case. It is designed to be a workhorse, and it really lived up to that impression. I was able to cram a ton into this one, in addition to the Kindle it is designed to carry, and the padding and rubberized sides ensured that it was all well protected. All that, without significantly affecting the profile of the case. If you are looking fro something slim and sleek, but powerful enough to hold all of your gadgets and accessories, make sure to give this one a try.
Where to Buy: Waterfield
Price: $49 (the shoulder strap costs $5 extra)