One of the downsides of owning an ereader with less popularity than an Amazon Kindle is finding accessories for it. I’m more comfortable reading a device when it has a case, so I wanted to find one for my Kobo Glo.
I didn’t like the look of the official Kobo Glo HD sleepcover case, and my hunting for alternatives uncovered few alternatives. I wanted a sleeve-type case because I find my thumb is more comfortable when it’s resting on something covering the bevel instead of on the bevel itself. The only one I could find was the Omoton Kobo Glo HD Sleeve.
At the time I ordered it, there were no reviews, so I was a bit apprehensive, but some folks on MobileRead raved about Omoton cases, so I figured I’d give it a try.
At $9.99, you can’t go wrong with this case. I opted for No Rush shipping and got $2.00 in Promotional credit, which was immediately used on a book. That brought the effective price down to $7.99. What a deal!
Yes, at that price it’s synthetic leather, but there was virtually no smell out of the box, and it feels like leather to my hands. It’s thicker and more padded than it looked in the picture on Amazon, but that’s mostly not a problem. It will certainly protect the Glo from a fall. I say “mostly not a problem,” because the thickness of the padding does mean that the case doesn’t always close flush unless you make a point of adjusting it. That’s a minor quibble, though, and it doesn’t affect the function of the auto sleep/wake magnets, which have performed flawlessly.
It has a nice little pocket on the inside of the front cover which is handy for receipts, a few bills or the like. You could run out to your local coffee shop with just the Glo and have everything you need.
I’m not crazy about the tiny stylus loop. It’s too small for a pen, and who uses a stylus on an ereader, assuming you could find one small enough to fit? It’s not intrusive, though.
The Glo fits perfectly, and all ports and the power switch are easy to access. I had been using an old Paperwhite case which was too big, and covered the power switch. The sleep/wake magnets were positioned wrong for the Kobo, and I had to push the reader up to the top and press the power button through the case. Much nicer to have a case which fits properly and exposes the power switch.
If you want something functional to protect your Glo and hold it more like a book, this case will do it. Excellent value for the price!