This case comes in a generic box that clearly marks it as a case for the Fire 8.9. The back of the box indicates the contents of the box, but more importantly (and welcome) the Specs and Features of the case and keyboard.
One thing the case doesn’t mention is that opening/closing the case puts the Fire into Sleep/Wake mode. The other information on the box is usually hard to find – the battery capacity, voltage, standby and working times, charging time and working distance from the device among others.
The case is PU leather, so expect some stink when you first open, although it is minimal due to a circular hole in the box. The case around the Kindle holds it securely with some overlay on the corners and the sides. If the Kindle is dropped, the overlay seems like it will prevent the Fire from hitting the ground, although I didn’t test that.
The case completely covers the front of the Fire–I have a skin and only the barest edge is visible on all edges with a cutout for the camera. The stand folds out on the back of the device and due to the magnet, automatically folds back in when you pick up the device. The case closes with a snap flap which could benefit from the same magnetic assistance as the stand. I always have to fiddle to snap it closed, although when snapped closes the case and you should have no fears that it will open accidentally.
Connecting to the Fire is easy and step-by-step instructions are included in a nice little color guide. Included with the case is a USB cord to charge the battery, but man–it’s the shortest one I’ve ever seen. Excluding the connectors it is about 18″. I have been using other USB cords as well as the one provided with no issues. This is the first keyboard I’ve had with a rechargeable battery and I prefer it to physical batteries.
On the keyboard, some Android specific keys work – Back, Home, Lock, Volume Up/Down, Music or Video advance/backup. The arrow keys work as expected-I can navigate thru the carousel, jump up to the menus, and use the tab to select items on the top menu where you can choose items on Cloud or Device, will activate the Search menu that sometimes appears at the top and also the Library/Store option that is used for in the category menus. The only Amazon section where I had no response at all was the Shop section (this is the 2nd keyboard where I’ve found that the Shop section was inoperable).
The Settings key works in apps (that I tested) that have a settings option and Select All/Copy/Paste/Cut work where applicable. Mail works as well. There is an odd Lang key that I couldn’t find a use for.
The Search key didn’t work, but I could access device search from a key with 4 squares on it. The only other oddity is that the right Shift key required me to stretch my pinky out a bit further than I found comfortable and for which I’ll always have to look to see that I’m placing it correctly. The keyboard has a nice, deep click that I like which gives it a solid feel that reinforces the feel of the entire case.
The keyboard is removable so that you can either use it without the case or remove it when you don’t need the extra weight. At the creation of this review, the case is $21.95, I got mine right after the Fire was released fr $14.95; in any world, that is a great keyboard price if that is all you end up using.
I carry my Fire with me everywhere so will probably use this as a travel option only–I like daily cases that are a bit more lightweight and allow me to see my skins. Overall, the case/keyboard combo has a solid, durable feel that is great for a daily use case. Combined with the removable bluetooth keyboard that can be used for other devices or as a standalone, the Poetic Keybook is a great value. Grade: B+