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DIY: Nexus 7 Smartcase for About $10


If you have finally received your Nexus 7 and are looking to score a smartcase, then why not just make one yourself? If you haven’t heard, the N7 has a “sweet spot” on its bezel where if you place a magnet on the specific corner, it will then turn on and off your display. 

To take advantage of this, all you have to do is buy a case such as this one from Amazon for a few bucks and then place a small magnet inside the threading. Once you have it all sealed up, you’re good to go and can start showing it off and telling your friends how much a handyman you are. Win.

Via: Geek

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  • Nexus 7 screen protector

    oh! It looks good! I want to possess one for my gadget!

    • Nexus 7 screen protector

      And I’ve found some great ones too. Maybe you can take a look of them

  • Mine turns off the display when I fold the case all the way back, too.

  • g2gsr

    Where could one find the right strength of magnet?

  • In the UK at least, you can order this today:
    It’s 8 pounds and has a magnetic cover (at least it claims to have one).

  • Charlie

    Just a heads up, I almost ordered one of these but then I read the description again and the link is for the RED case, even though the black is pictured. The black version is “currently unavailable.”

  • David Henry

    So, I love Android to death but that seems to be a blatant ripoff of the iPad smart case.

    Which begs the question….do we start the countdown to the patent infringement case now?

    • NexusPhan69

      Actually its a blatant rip off of blackberry by apple. My old one had it from years ago.

      • David Henry

        Ah, I was unaware of that. Actually thought there might be a predecessor so I chose the word ‘seems’ carefully.

        Good to know

        • This is why these patents are effing retarded. Even IF it was. Patents didn’t use to cover obvious as hell things. You found a way to build a better engine? Ok. You found a way to display images in a better way than someone else? Ok.

          You used two magnets to trigger an action? No.

          As a general rule sh*t you could come up with while drunk, while a good idea, typically probably should not be patentable.

          Otherwise you’d have people saying “ohhh our gas station gas pumps are patented because there is an automatic latch system that prevents you from having to hold it!” or “oh our grocery store has a patent on automatic doors!”

          It’s a fairly obvious solution to a fairly obvious problem. “My hands are full and I need to open a door” isn’t that far off “I opened the cover and the screen is off”. You could do similar things with hinges, or pins, or…

          This is not patent worthy. This does not move society forward, this does not highlight anyones engineering skills, and it should not be protected.

          Just like google patenting location based triggers is stupid (but sadly necessary). “hey, I’m home and want my ringer to be turned on”…not a revelation.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t think this is much of a rip-off at all. For a long time, closing laptop lids has been putting them to sleep. It isn’t exactly the same, but it’s similar enough that it shouldn’t be patentable. The USPTO has been allowing subtle differences to be patented, but the patent system wasn’t set up to protect minor differences

  • Liderc

    Oh…so that’s the G-spot.

  • guess you have been samsunged, I feel your pain

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  • S2556

    I always thought magnets mess up displays. I know I messed up my tv when i was younger haha. new display technology can handle it now or just a weak magnet?

    • justincase_2008

      those would be the old CRTs and the new ones should be fine.

    • Jeffrey Young

      those are CRT monitors. Magnets will attract the rays (iirc). weak magnets too, strong magnets are detectable from the back if the cover is flipped to the back.

      • There are no “rays” in a CRT. There is however a phosphor coating on the inside of the screen. Which is activated by electrons from the “gun” in the back.

        It would literally “paint” the phosphors line by line (which is why you tended to get screen roll when it was out of whack). Screwing up the phosphors was the problem. There is no phosphor in an LCD, I suppose a strong enough magnet to still wage a holy war against it’s innards but at that point I think the better question is why you felt the need to stack rare earth magnets on your tablet.

        • Jeffrey Young

          Yea, i didn’t reallllly do my research on that part. I thought it had something to do with electrons, but wasn’t sure.

        • CRT = Cathode Ray Tube. Just the name of the device allows one to be justified in referring to the electron stream emitted by the cathode as “rays”. Also, since the aim of the electron gun is controlled by a magnetic or electrostatic charge affecting the negatively charged particles, the application of a magnet to the front of the tube will affect how the particles strike the display. If the magnets affected the phospor coating on the back of the display, then it stands to reason that a good strong magnet would create some really trippy patterns on the monitor even when it’s turned off.

    • CRTs don’t like magnets, LCDs don’t care

  • Is there any risk of the magnet damaging the display?

  • Cool. The YooMee cases are a hit, people liking them. I prefer the Don’t DIY smartcase for $7.99

  • Gerald Pelt

    bought a nexus 7 at Sams club and still in box. thanks for the info.