My girlfriend was looking for a new case after she busted the screen on her last Kindle. We decided on this one since it was inexpensive and came in a color she really wanted. I didn't have high hopes for it before it arrived but I am very pleased with it now that we tried it out for a little while. The case isn't bulky and helps keep to the already slim design of the HDX. As for the padding, there is enough to be sufficient for general protection. It's no XXXXXXXX, but then again, I wasn't expecting it to be. The stand is quite useful and holds the kindle in a good position for reading, running pandora, or playing games. The only real complaint I have is that it has a slight smell that reminds me of peppermint (but not quite peppermint at the same time). For the price I would absolutely suggest this for friends.