Top critical review
Much better than I expected
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2019
Update: 8/3/2019. Though the case works very well in landscape mode for watching videos, it is not very durable. After just a few days / weeks the surface is marred in a half dozen places. I have many other cases and none of them show any sign of wear on the surface at all, even though some are several years old. Now that I have had this case for awhile and see that it does not wear well, I do not recommend it, unless a buyer wants it only for viewing videos and does not mind the easily scuffed surface. I gave it three stars because it still does a good job of staying propped in landscape mode on my lap desk. ----------------------------------
The case works very well in landscape mode for streaming videos on my fire 8. I've never watched videos before on my fire, and I plan to do it again. I don't think the case would be as sturdy on my lap as it is on my lap desk, but I use a lap desk all the time anyway, so that's not a problem for me. I like the way the top cover has two folds in it, to make the stand for landscape mode. I like the way there are no obstacles at the top and bottom so that the volume buttons, the recharging port and the headphone jacks are not obstructed. The side has three large speaker holes on both the top and bottom, but they do not mirror the fire holes exactly. As long as I use a wi fii speaker, that's not a problem. But I could also open up the cover completely, putting the front in the back, and the speaker holes would be completely free. I've only had the case a few days, but I am very pleased with it so far.