The Nexus 7 is one of the most popular Android tablets, and for good reason: it's slim, trim, powerful and affordable. If you want to keep it safe, you'll need a decent case or protective sleeve for it — one that can protect it from drops, bumps and other objects in your bag. This week we're looking at five of the best Nexus 7 cases, based on your nominations.
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MoKo Slim-Fit Multi-Angle Case
The MoKo Slim-Fit Multi-Angle Case is available for the Nexus 7 (both old and 2013 versions) and the Nexus 10, and features soft polyurethane "leather" outer cover binding and hard plastic backing and side protection to keep your tablet safe from drops and dings. It also features a padded cover and microfibre interior so you don't scratch or scuff the body of your tablet. The Slim-Fit case is available in dozens of colours, and has a sports a handgrip in the back you can slide your fingers into while you use the tablet with the other hand.
When you want to set it on your desk, the case can be set in two different configurations — a flatter typing angle where you can work with the tablet, and a more upright angle that's suitable for watching video, reading or video chatting.
Poetic Slimline Case
Poetic's Slimline range is available for a variety of tablets, including both old and new iterations of Google's Nexus 7. All of the Slimline cases offer auto-sleep and wake when you close and open the case; full-body protection for the back and sides of the case (with cutouts for access to ports, like most other cases here); and a soft, padded front that's also flexible for use in landscape mode, whether you're typing and working with the tablet or sitting back and watching videos or reading. The cases all feature a hard rubberised outer shell for the back, and the front has a microfibre interior so it doesn't scratch your screen.
Devicewear makes cases for a variety of devices, all of them quality crafted folio designs that are flexible and can keep your tablet safe while also serving as a multi-angle stand when necessary. All of their cases are remarkably slim and light, and made from a soft-but-authentic-feeling polyurethane leather material (the company specifically markets its leather as animal-friendly, since no animal products are used in manufacturing it). They also sport cover magnets that auto-sleep and wake your Nexus when you close or open the case. Even though the leather actually isn't leather at all, it has a premium feel. The case backing is a firm plastic shell that your tablet snaps into securely, and the cover can be adjusted to keep the screen right where you want it.
Portenzo Book Case
If you're a fan of book-style cases that keep your tablet safe on all sides but look like a notebook rather than a a folio, the Portenzo Book Case for Nexus will definitely pique your interest. Each Portenzo case is handmade from maple wood (with hand-sanded corners to ensure a perfect fit), cover magnets so your Nexus will auto wake or sleep when you open or shut the case, and can be configured with a simple elastic strap, a camera opening so you can use your tablet's rear camera without having to take it out of the case, or additional magnets to keep your case in place while you use it. The Portenzo even sports a space for your stylus if you use one. Add on the optional "Intellistand" and you'll have a case that can transform into a landscape mode stand.
RooCASE SlimShell with Origami Cover
RooCASE makes a number of cases for the original Nexus 7 and for the new Nexus 7, but the one that earned the most nominations is the RooCASE SlimShell with the Origami Cover. The SlimShell is RooCASE's slimmest model (and only available for the new Nexus 7), and the Origami Cover is designed to fold at multiple angles to make for the perfect soft-shelled case design. The specially-designed cover can fold up almost like a triangle, which keeps the tablet secure on a work surface both in portrait or landscape mode while you use it, or you sit back and watch video or read. The case body is polycarbonate, and the case cover is a soft polyurethane with a microfiber inner lining. The SlimShell also supports auto-sleep and wake thanks to the magnets on the inside of the case, and it comes in a variety of colours.
The honourable mention this week goes to Google's Nexus 7 Case. It's guaranteed to fit and it looks sharp. It's available in a number of colours, and function-wise it works as a simple folio, as a typing stand, or as a media stand.
Have something to say about one of the cases featured here? Want to make the case (ahem) for your personal favourite, even if it wasn't included in the list? Don't just complain about the top five, let us know what your preferred alternative is — and tell us why — in the discussions below.