Originally Posted by Kolenka
They don't charge extra for international shipping to the US unless you want it sent registered mail as well. I've got one on order since I like the idea of a magnetic clasp and the general design. It feels a bit like what the Sony cover should have been for the T1, but wasn't. I still prefer the way the older models snap into the older Sony covers, but it seems like those days are gone.
It's physics - a hinge creates a stress point that a metal body can stand up to, but a plastic body can't.
I find the official cover very utilitarian - it works very well, is lightweight and doesn't get in the way when reading.
I'm working on some homemade covers but I may go back to the official one because it works so well, even if it is ugly.