Perfect for our needs
This car seat fits our needs perfectly. I wanted an affordable lightweight 22 max car seat with good safety ratings, nice padding and user friendly features. The Graco models I played with in stores felt cheap, but reviews on the Platinum mention it being better quality than other Snugrides. I bought the Platinum sight unseen and I'm pleasantly surprised by the quality, but keep in mind it's not a luxury seat. When it comes to adjustability (compared to $200+ seats) this is like having manual car locks/windows vs. automatic. Hooking it up and adjusting the angle isn't as easy as more expensive seats, but once you set it up you don't have to worry about it again. However, IMO the padding and "look" is on par with more expensive seats.
The seat clicks into the base effortlessly and is even easier to take out of the base. The boot tucks nicely around baby's feet and serves its purpose. The handle lowers and raises easily and the canopy isn't impeded by the handle. I do not carry my baby in the car seat for long periods, so I can't review that aspect... the only time he's in the seat outside the car is if I need to click him into the stroller to run a quick errand. This is a very nice seat and will suit us well until it's time to upgrade to a high quality convertible.
P.S. I turned the boot inside out so it's black instead of Platinum and I actually prefer the look. Also, I despise the huge warning label next to the baby's head.
Nice canopy w/ window
Black plastic instead of grey/beige
Included cold weather boot
Sophisticated color scheme
Affordable for short-term use
ConsFabric might snag easily
HUGE warning label next to baby's head