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New Nexus 7 Official Travel Cover First Look

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With the new 2013 Nexus 7 now available from a variety of retailers, we are starting to see the official accessory line-up for the device become available as well. The first of the bunch that we were able to take a look at is the Travel Cover, which is a lot like last year’s travel cover, only it doesn’t say Nexus anywhere on it. But it’s a TPU-style case that flips open or shut, has cut-outs in all the right places (even for the dual speakers), and should give you a decent amount of protection for around $20. With that said, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that anyone buy this case as it doesn’t offer the tightest fit nor does it include a sleep-wake magnet. 

As you’ll see in the video below, the case wraps around the device nicely, is made of a decent rubber material, and again, has all of the proper cutouts for ports, cameras, and speakers. But that’s sort of where the good ends. When holding the device with case on, should you place your thumb or finger near the edge, the rubber slips off of the sides just enough to scare and annoy you. While I don’t think the case would easily slip off the entire device, feeling any slippage at all in a case is not something you should look for. The video will show this issue in more detail.

Also -and these are sort of minor issues – the case doesn’t say “Nexus” on the back like it did last year (cosmetic annoyance), plus it lacks a magnet inside the cover. So when you open and close the case, the device won’t either wake or go to sleep. In other words, you have to press the rubbery lock switch to wake your device each time you want to use it.

And I don’t know if this is bad or not, but with the screen on and the cover closed, you can actually see the screen. Yep, it’s thin plastic.

You can pick these Travel Covers up at Amazon today, but again, I’m not necessarily recommending that you do.

We’ll be taking a look at the rest of the official accessories as they become available.

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  • Katy

    no sleep wake? lame.

  • Matt

    How does this thing compare in terms of protection to the device, compared to the official travel cover for the original Nexus 7? On the video it looks thinner and like it won’t do much protecting on the sides, but you’ll have to let us know.

  • Capt. Hol E. Fuke

    Um, its hard to take this seriously when no one thought to take the tape off so it could be opened without easily…

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    For me, nothing _nothing_ beats Poetic Slimline case $10 @ Amazon.

  • Anonymous Viper 7

    the case for the 1st nexus 7 was better

  • jake

    Does the new nexus 7 have the ability to work with a magnetic case

  • Mitch Joa

    Anyone else want a case that has “Nexus” written in the position it was on the OG N7?

  • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

    Screw cases. I let my sexy devices go naked for all to see.

  • Detonation

    Given the quality of the official case for the original N7, I am not surprised this one is also junk. I’ve got the poetic slimline case ordered, was $6 but doesn’t ship until Aug 23rd (price has gone up though). If the official premium case comes out and is worth it, I’ll cancel and grab that, but I can only imagine it’s going to be $30-40

  • TylerChappell

    This is really kinda embarrassing. I got the travel cover for the original Nexus 7 the same day I ordered it. While it is a cheap case, I didn’t mind having it on too much but it really shouldnt have been any more than $10. Same goes for this one, $22 is a bit much. Anyone is much better off ordering one of the MoKo sleep/wake cases in various colors.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E4OKXPU/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    • ArrowCool

      I had one of these cases for my OG N7. They are a nice durable case, at a reasonable price point. I would definitely recommend.

    • mustbepbs

      Actually ordering one of these right now.

  • master94

    Clearly Asus put most of their efforts in the sticker :p Took way to long to package.

  • bobbymay1

    Hey where did you get that sticker from?

  • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

    Use IntelliCover to wake it.

  • Inquizitor

    I’m waiting for a bluetooth keyboard/dock for this thing, but I wish it had pogo pins for charging. My only complaint so far. I’ve been looking like crazy for good magnetic cases, right now it feels a bit too fragile. Not flimsy, but like a fine instrument I don’t want to damage.

    • Cowboydroid

      What’s even worse is the complete lack of decent wireless charging stands. There is only ONE tablet sized wireless charging stand on the market, made by tylt, and sold for $70. Hopefully someone wakes up and realizes there’s a market now.

      • xzombiex66

        I have the Zens Wireless charger and its glorious!….fits the tablet perfect.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Cheap POS. I’ll wait for the 3rd Party cases.

    • Christopher Moore

      Got that right. Not worth over $10.

    • barbrasmith325

      just as Larry responded I’m in shock that any one can get paid $9438 in 1 month on the internet. have you seen this website http://www.Pro67.com

  • Hatyrei

    it looks flimsy…

  • Bill Hill

    What about the premium case?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Still waiting to get my hands on one.

  • Bionic

    Dat color

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      Dat Gap

  • Tyrus

    Off topic, but are you guys doing a video review for the new Nexus 7? I just want to know if its worth the upgrade from my current Nexus 7.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Yeah we’ll do a review. Guessing it’ll be ready early next week, since this week is all about the Moto X.

      If you want the short answer, I’d say yes, it is a worthy upgrade. The old Nexus 7 turned into a turtle over the last month, and this one is dramatically better on performance (at least I think). Feels better in hand. Display is much better.

      • ImmaDroid

        I was going to ask the same thing. Just sold the old Nexus 7 at a nice loss in preparation for this.
        It Just sucks buying things an next month, the “Nexus Better” or the “LG Awesome” comes out! And boom, there goes me banging my head into the wall, again! lol :)

        • Tyrus

          same thing with me. so i can buy the new one now for a way cheaper price, or wait for the even newer one! oh technology…

          • ImmaDroid

            Lol, I know. I literally just sold 2 tablets and a phone this week. Bought a new phone, now possibly the Nexus 7 as well. It’ll work out ok because I made some money on 2 devices, but with the Nexus 7 you will always take a hit on reselling it because they are cheap and in abundance! I just cant decide. Because I know there’s more devices coming around the corner

      • Alex Goings

        Would you reccomend upgrading from the asus TF201. I know different size and very different tablet. But still, any thoughts on making that transition?

  • Ryuuie

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DY3J8UI

    The screen protector pack is up too.

  • Scott H.

    Looks like a nice fit, but I wasn’t impressed with the old one on the 2012 model.
    Now if they would just get a Shark keyboard for my 2013 model I would buy that!

  • NexusMan

    Kellen, do we even know for sure if the new Nexus 7 has magnetic sleep/wake functionality?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Yep, just tried it. It works.

    • Ryuuie

      It does.

      A friend of mine with the 2013 Nexus 7 tried it.

      • NexusMan

        Cool. Have we found any covers that take advantage of this yet?