Review: The Moko case for the 2017 Kindle Oasis

Recently, I wrote a post on some of the new third-party covers that are now available for the All-New Kindle Oasis e-reader. Interest in third-party covers surged given the problems with the Amazon-branded covers for the Oasis e-reader. Reviews blasted the Amazon covers saying that they only partially covered the back and attached with weak magnets that frequently fell off. Amazon evidently listened to the bad reviews because their leather and fabric covers are only available used on Amazon.com.

Because I have had bad experiences with them personally, I generally don’t purchase the Amazon-branded covers. But one of the things I discovered about the new Oasis is that the aluminum back is EXTREMELY slippery to read without a cover. Since I did not want to buy one of Amazon’s, I actually had to wait to really use my new Oasis until third-party cases were available.

I bought the MoKo Case for All-New Kindle Oasis (9th Generation, 2017 Release) – Premium Ultra Lightweight Shell Cover with Auto Wake / Sleep for Amazon Kindle Oasis E-reader Case in Black. The MoKo case is a plastic clamshell case with a back shaped like that of the Oasis itself. The e-reader snaps into the case, which completely covering the back. The attached front cover has a soft lining to protect the device screen and also features a magnet for the wake/sleep function.

Here is the front cover of the case:

The back cover:

The cutouts for the power button at top (right) and the charging port at the bottom (left):

The open, empty case showing the soft, microfiber lining:

Here is the open case with the Oasis for reference:

Here is the case with the Oasis correctly inserted into the case:

The case is lightweight enough that it only adds about four and a half ounces to the weight of the e-reader but still provides a lot of protection (and, yes, I’ve dropped it already!).

When I pre-ordered my cover, only black was available. Now the cover also comes in indigo blue as well as several designs: an almond blossom, a floral purple, a tree design and a starry night design (based on the Van Gogh painting). I bought a second cover in the almond blossom which has a lovely teal-aqua colored background.

(Because of the light, in person, this case leans more towards a teal or an aqua rather than the blue showing in the photo.)

I am very pleased with this cover and do not hesitate to recommend it if you are looking for a case for your 2017 Kindle Oasis.. You can see the other colors and designs here.

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Cases and covers for the new Fire tablets

new fire cases

The new $49.99 7″ Fire tablet was released today, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the covers and cases that are available for the new Fire tablets. The new devices are labeled as the 5th generation and the cases for them are also identified as 5th generation – 2015 release.

The bad news is that there aren’t very many yet, especially if you prefer the generally lower-cost option of a third-party case. And, cases that fit the new devices are currently only available from Amazon. That means nothing on eBay or other sites yet. The good news is that is a variety of styles, colors and  price ranges are already listed on the site and for sale .

Here is what’s currently available:

For the 7″ Fire:

Amazon Fire Case (5th Generation – 2015 release), Black – Price is $24.95.  Made by Amazon. This case is polyurethane, has a magnet closure and a built in stand that can be used horizontally or vertically. The case allows access to all ports and buttons. Available in black, blue, green, magenta and tangerine.

NuPro Fire Slim Standing Case (5th Generation – 2015 release) – Price is $19.99. Made by NuPro. This case is polyurethane, has a magnet closure and a built in stand that can only be used in the landscape position. Available in Black, navy, pink, purple, and turquoise.

NuPro Fire Standing Case (5th Generation – 2015 release) – Price is $14.99.  Made by NuPro. This case is polyurethane, has a magnet sleep closure and a built in stand that can only be used in the landscape position. Available in Black, navy, pink, purple, and turquoise.

For the 8″ Fire HD:

Amazon Fire HD 8 Leather Case (5th Generation – 2015 release)– Price is $49.99. Made by Amazon. This case is premium natural leather with a matching microfibre interior, has a magnet sleep closure and a built in stand that can be used horizontally or vertically. The case allows access to all ports and buttons. Available in black and gray.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Case (5th Generation – 2015 release) – Price is $39.99.  Made by Amazon. This case is polyurethane, has a magnet sleep closure and a built in stand that can be used horizontally or vertically.  Available in black, blue, green, magenta and tangerine.

NuPro Fire HD 8 Slim Standing Case (5th Generation – 2015 release) – Price is $24.99. Made by NuPro. This case is polyurethane, has a magnet sleep closure and a built in stand that can only be used in the landscape position. Available in Black, navy, pink, purple, and turquoise.

For the 10″ Fire HD:

Amazon Fire HD 10 Keyboard Case (5th Generation – 2015 release)– Price is $99.99. Made by Amazon. This is a protective case with an integrated, full size keyboard with track pad. The shortcut keys provide  access to e-mail, media controls and volume. Available in black only.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Leather Case (5th Generation – 2015 release) – Price is $64.99. Made by Amazon. This case is premium natural leather with a matching microfibre interior, has a magnet sleep closure and a built in stand that can be used horizontally or vertically.  Available in black and gray.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Case (5th Generation – 2015 release) – Price is $49.99.  Made by Amazon. This case is polyurethane, has a magnet sleep closure and a built in stand that can be used horizontally or vertically.  Available in black, blue, green, magenta and tangerine.

All of these say that they cases only fit the new 5th generation Fire tablets.

I will be doing a follow-up post  when more new third-party cases become available. I happen to be a total case junkie, so if you bought one of the new Fires with a case, please leave a comment and let us know what you thought of the case. 🙂