Nexus 7 (2013) official flip case review

by: Kevin NetherOctober 30, 2013

Affordable as it may be, the new Nexus 7 is still a valuable and sensitive piece of gear that you’ll want to protect with a good case. There are many models out there, for all tastes and all budgets, but today we’ll have a look at the official, Google-designed flip case for the Nexus 7.

Available in the Play Store for $49, the Nexus 7 (2013) Case (creative naming there, Google) features a microsuede cover and built-in stand. It’s designed by Google to mold perfectly to your Nexus, but nevertheless, fifty bucks is pretty expensive, so is it worth it? We check it out.

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First off, know that there are four color options available: White/Red, Gray/Blue, Gray/Red, and Black. There’s no material difference between them – they are all made of a fabric that feels a bit like denim on the outside, while the interior parts that actually come in contact with the tablet are made of microsuede, a nice rubbery material that feels like leather to the touch. The part of the case that latches on the Nexus is made of solid plastic.

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The choice of materials and the construction give this official case a nice premium finish that feels Googley at the same time. The stitching around the cover is a nice touch, and, to remind you that you’re using a Google-designed product, there’s a little flag in the company’s colors, as well as an embossed logo.

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The case and its cover add quite a bit of thickness to the tablet, but really, the benefits of having the case outweigh that small inconvenience.

The Nexus 7 2013 official case from Google fits very well on the device, which is important for a case of this type. In fact, the fitting is so precise, that you’ll need to work a little to insert and remove the tablet, which is reassuring for those prone to accidents.

The plastic enclosure fits snuggly around the tablet, but it features all the necessary cutouts, so you’ll still get to enjoy all the functions of the tablet.

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Besides the basic protection function, which the case does admirably, you can also use it as a stand, even if there’re only two positions you can put the tablet in. That’s possible thanks to the crease in the cover and the small fabric flap that acts as a stopper. The two positions you can use the stand in should be enough for most use cases, though the one where the tablet is tilted at about 80 degrees isn’t very stable.

This is clearly a well-designed, well-built case for your Nexus 7, with a little touch of Google inside. As a general-purpose soft case for your tablet, it does its job well and looks great in the process.

However, there are a few shortcomings that limit its appeal. The biggest is probably the lack of magnets inside the cover, which means the tablet won’t turn its screen on and off when you close and open the cover. That’s more of a nuisance than a dealbreaker, but it’s still a nuisance, especially if you are used with the functionality from other cases.

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Another issue is the fact that you can’t fasten the cover so it doesn’t open accidentally. Other cases have magnets, clasps, or other ways of securing the cover, but Google omitted to equip its official case with something similar. That may be a problem if you drop the device, as the cover might come open and expose the fragile screen.

Another small qualm we have with the Nexus 7 (2013) official case is that it’s not very flexible as a stand. The two available positions should better be enough for you.

At $50, Google’s Nexus 7 flip case is quite expensive, especially since there are many cheaper competitors on the market, and some of them offer more functionality. Nevertheless, this is a very nice case that should be perfectly adequate for most users.

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  • Terrence Amir McKelvey

    The case looks really great, but yeah wish it had more viewing angles and some type of locking system to keep it closed

  • Mike Hughes

    I was actually quite excited to see this cover in the Play store. I liked the grey with blue cover in particular. But it was a couple of days before I decided to plop down $57 (with shipping) as that was quite expensive for a cover.

    Even though I took the standard shipping, delivery was very quick and it was well packaged without going to excess as Amazon sometimes does. I agree on the fit, it is a tight fit but very secure. I was disappointed to find there were no magnets in the cover but since the description didn’t mention them I wasn’t surprised either. I was a little disappointed that the cover doesn’t fasten closed or open as that was one of the features that I really liked about my *Speck Products case for my Nexus 7 2012.

    The question is: do I like the case. Yes, I do. I think not having a basic black case makes it really standout. I like the colors and fabric chosen. The construction and materials chosen makes it a high quality case, but the lack of a couple of features (wake on open & a closure system) take it down a couple of notches. I do not regret buying it, I just wish it was 34.99 instead of 49.99. I think that price point would be better for this case.

  • Cotomeo

    $50? Come on, this ain’t Apple…

  • venorme

    Awful video review. Sounds like reading those lines just causes pain to him. C’mon guys you have way better journalists to do this job. Well, maybe some 10 y.o. kid who knows whole ABC and can read faster.

  • filaos

    Expensive, and ugly.

  • Maher Salti

    I would review the IVSO case, used this on the 2012 Nexus 7 and was definitely my favourite! very cheap as well

  • Charlie Collins

    I’m still peeved with Google for this case. Although lovely to look at and perfectly fitted, it doubles the weight and thickness of my Nexus 7. The lack of sleep/wake is beyond irritating as I’ve that feature with my G2 ‘s smart window case. Not a happy camper with this purchase.

  • I’m really happy with the poetic case for my 2013 Nexus 7. It fits snugly, has a nice magnet and stand options, and was less than half the price of the official cover.

    • My Poetic Slimline fell apart after 3 months, so I bought the official Google flip Case.

  • jz100

    This same design and fabric was stolen off some that we’re sold on eBay long before this case. Google just jacked up the price. I have an $11 case that is far better than this… And it even has the sleep magnet along with a magnetic belt clasp.

    • I had a $15 Poetic Slimline, and that piece of sh*t fell apart after 3 months.

  • David Knadler

    Just one problem: It doesn’t fit! No matter how I try, one corner of the tablet keeps popping out of the case. Anybody else have this problem?

    • Lawrence Siu

      Just got mine yesterday. I have the same exact problem.

    • Mine is a bit tight, but it doesn’t pop out.

  • Just bought one. First impressions: it’s really nice! I’m just wondering if it’s normal for it to be a bit tight and difficult to remove. I bought mine from Best Buy, so if it is defective, I can return it.