Review: Nexus 7 2013 Cases
Over the summer I decided to upgrade to the new 2013 Nexus 7, which is a great bit of kit, but it meant, due to the new 2nd camera on the back, and the slight size change, my old Nexus case no longer fit. So when the folk at Mobile Fun asked me if I wanted to trial a couple of their new Nexus 7 2013 case range, I was only too happy to oblige!
First up is a leather case with an interesting little rotating device. As you would expect, the case folds neatly flat, offering good protection against minor knocks and scratches. It’s fastened with a band of elastic that wraps around the unit, keeping it really secure. There’s really no fear of your tablet ever falling out whilst the case is shut.
Like a number of cases on the market, this one also doubles as a stand. But what’s unique about this particular design, is that you can turn the Nexus from landscape to portrait without having to actually remove it from its cradle. It’s a neat little feature, however, it does mean that the cradle itself is make of a fairly cheap feeling plastic, which lets it down a little. The write up also claims it has a magnet inside to enable the sleep/wake function of the Nexus, but I have to say, it never worked once for me…
6/10 – Overall an interesting idea, just not very well executed…
The 2nd case is made by Sonivo, and retails at £19.99, and I have to say, for only £5 more than the previous case, you get a massive improvement in quality. It’s a solidly built case that covers nearly all of the Nexus, and has a slight lip around the edge, meaning if you do drop it, it’s going to hit the case, and not the expensive tablet inside! The clasp is magnetic, meaning there’s no fiddling with straps to open it, and the magnet also doubles to wake and sleep the Nexus when you open and close it. The Sonivo also doubles as a stand, allowing you to place it upright in a landscape position, or lay it flat on a slight angle for a more comfortable writing position.
Internally, it has a handle, meaning the more ‘butter fingered’ among you don’t have to worry about it slipping from your grasp as you’re using it in portrait mode. It also has a couple of slots for credit or business cards, and a small slot for storing a spare sim or memory card. On the outside, there’s a little elastic loop to store a stylist if you have one. The exterior cover itself is made of a ‘leather effect’ material, which actually looks rather nice, and hard wearing, and comes in a range of colours.
9/10 – Great case at a really good price!
Dave has over 20 years experience in the digital industry, and is founder and editor of Geektown. Obviously a huge geek himself, he can often be found in front of the latest tv show or movie, on various video games, or with his head in a comic book.