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Old 09-17-2018, 07:55 AM   #1
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Clara HD cover/screen protection

I'm really enjoying using my Kobo Clara. It's so much better than my 2016 Oasis, and given the more limited direction Amazon is going regarding its Kindles it was time for me to get off the train. However, I was wondering whether people had some ideas about covers or screen protection?

I find that covers can make the device quite heavy. Also, the Kobo sleepcover doesn't appeal to me the way it is set up. Folding to the top rather than the side doesn't work for my hands. Also, the choice of after-market covers seems quite limited, but do you have any recommendations.

I was also wondering about getting some of those clear screen protectors that you stick on. I've heard they're a nightmare to put on without masses of bubbles etc, but If I could pair one of those with a grippier skin that could work.

Anyway, let me know what you think.
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:11 PM   #2
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I bought this 3rd-party cover for my ClaraHD. However I bought mine from ebayUK not AmazonUK because, at the time (beginning of August), I wasn't sure that Amazon actually had any in stock. The ebay item arrived within a couple of days of ordering.

I have had no problems whatsoever with it. Here are some things you might find useful:
  • Whilst the front cover is reasonably rigid, the back "container" which holds and grips the ClaraHD is made of rubber (or silicon???) so is very flexible. This means it is very easy to take the cover on and off but there is no danger of the cover falling off accidentally.
  • Mine weighs 98g
  • As you can see, the 4 corners are slightly bulbous for extra protection if dropped.
  • Sleep magnet works well. It's located towards top left of screen, unlike previous Kobo models where it was towards bottom right of screen.
  • Closure magnet works well.
  • I have not had any problems with the sleep magnet accidentally triggering when the front cover is folded to the back.
  • The cutouts in the bottom frame for USB cable and power button are well-positioned and do not interfere with easy usage.

The only minor negative was that it was "a bit whiffy" when first unpacked. I solved this by leaving it by an open window for the rest of the day
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Old 09-17-2018, 05:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for the very helpful response. I was thinking about getting that cover as it looked good, so thankyou. Good tip on the smell, I'll see how it is when it arrives. Thankyou again.
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:21 PM   #4
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Most of the Clara HD cases at Amazon US appear to have a hard plastic backing, which is what my case for my Glo HD also has. Do you like the rubber/silicone back on your case?
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I noticed that as well. If there was a case with a rubber/silicone back that would be great, but there doesn't seem to be one as yet.
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Do you like the rubber/silicone back on your case?
Yes, I do. It's the main reason why I bought this particular model.

These 2 items, B07FX26Z98 and B07FT9QJ9G, appear on amazon.com for me, but as I'm in the UK I'm not sure this proves anything.

Based on the pictures, they both appear to be the same model as the one I bought, but only the first one specifically mentions "Soft TPU back cover".
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I have a blue version of the covers linked on Amazon. It's really nice to hold and has a sleep function which is good. All in all a good purchase, adding to the experience and giving peace of mind regarding protection.
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