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Forget the Official $30 Nexus 7 Sleeve From Google Play, Amazon has Cases for $3

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When Google first released the new Nexus 7 onto Google Play, they included a listing for an official sleeve case at a price of $29.99. That case disappeared and re-appeared from Google Play for weeks before becoming available today. It’s probably a decent case, assuming you want to zip and unzip your new tablet from a case every time you want to use it. For those who don’t want to spend $30 on a zip-up sleeve, we thought we should point out that Amazon has all sorts of case alternatives, many of which that retail for less than $10 – some at $2.98. 

The first I’d highlight is the Poetic Slimline case that will be released on August 23. I have the Nexus 10 version of this case and absolutely love it. At $7.95, and in a variety of colors, you really can’t go wrong here. It’s similar to the smart covers that Apple introduced a year or so ago with the iPad, meaning it has a foldable cover that can be used as a stand. But this case steps up the game a bit by also attaching a form fitting plastic back to your tablet to give you some real protection. There are port cutouts everywhere you need them, plus the faux-leather material used makes it feels like a high-end product.

With over 1,000 reviews on Amazon, the Poetic Slimline for the original Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 carries a 4-star rating.

Two other cases you may want to check out are the MoKo and the rooCase. The MoKo is a lot like the Poetic Slimline, but offers even more colors and a slightly cheaper starting price of $4.99. The rooCase on the other hand is a multi-angle, spinny, clippy, ultimate toolbox of a case. It starts at a ridiculously low price of $2.98 and also comes in a handful of colors. I’ve never personally used either MoKo or rooCases, but they sit at 4-star and 4.5-star ratings, respectively.

If you want a sleeve, Mivizu Shell runs $14.95 (with Prime shipping), and looks all sorts of legit in terms of protection. It also has extra pockets for storing accessories.

We’ve got all three cases on order and will report back with our findings once they arrive.

Amazon Links:  Poetic Slimline ($7.95) | MoKo Case ($4.99) | rooCase ($2.98) | Mivizu Shell ($14.95)

Play Link:  Nexus 7 Sleeve

  • ChesterT

    NOT!!! If you buy a N7 2nd Gen case from Amazon, they will not follow up if you ask for help for shipment of your case! They have no idea and will not help in finding the status of your order.

  • fauxshizzl

    Looks like Google got the message. They are refunding
    shipping costs for those who bought the sleeve and have reduced the shipping
    costs for those who purchase one after the change.

  • deadpenguins

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DON’T GET MOKO CASES, THE BACKSIDE OF THAT METAL PIECE WILL !%$& UP YOUR SCREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This happened to my N10.

  • chris420o

    anyone else see the moko for 69 bucks for the og n7?? um what lol


    Got the MoKo case. It was on sale for a dollar with $5 shipping a couple weeks ago, and it just shipped yesterday. Really good for the price, with the stand and everything. Satisfied with my purchase.

    I especially like it because, like the Poetic case, it doesn’t cover the bezel so you can still swipe from the edges to open menus, switch tabs, etc.

    It also has the sleep/wake feature, which is nice.

  • IgotGAME

    I’ve bought 3 cases off Amazon, but the case linked below, which comes in a variety of colors (23 colors to be exact), is the best. Primarily because it clearly listed “Auto Sleep/Wake” and that function works pefectly. This is a great deal and works great overall. Just for reference, I paid $5 total for mine after shipping.


    • aQuickBit

      …..one penny? Might as well get all of them.

      • Ian

        Only the black versions are ever a penny…..plus $5 for ships

    • LionStone

      Nice, but not as convenient to pull out of the case.

  • n11

    Nice timing, I just got me the 32GB version and was looking for a case!

  • Kyle Cordiano

    Playstore has the official sleeve for the Nexus 7 in stock. When I hit check out it costed me $17.95 just for shipping! Total with tax too was $51 for a sleeve. I ordered the Poetic Slim case for $7.95.

  • Mike Hilal

    Poetic really does make the best case for the buck. The only thing marring them are the shiny poetic logos on the front. Embossed or debossed would be far nicer.

    • chris420o

      yeah i ordered a white one(kinda a mistake its already gettin dirty and its too white lol) for my og n7 and i really hate that logo…i like the moko cases for for some reason shows as 69 bucks for the og n7 wtf

  • Jeff Mowbray

    I ordered a Portenzo case and am waiting for it. Handmade in the US

    • Ian

      Comes with lube! ….for the raping you take on the price.

      • Jeff Mowbray

        I hear you. I was just looking for something different

  • Kane Desousa

    Too bad 2 of those aren’t even in stock.

  • ArrowCool

    I had a MoKo case for my old N7. That thing was great. The prices are super reasonable, and they protect the tablet. I ordered myself 2 colors this time.

  • boybert

    Thanks Kellex – just ordered the Poetic in black (all the other colors are 2x as much!)

  • I still love the TPU case on my original Nexus 7! It’s really grippy so I know its not gonna slide around and the lip on the display keeps the display from hitting the ground.

  • Joshua Bailey

    Got both Moko cases last week for 1 cent each for the 2013 N7. Being delivered on Friday. Wouldn’t do it any other way.

  • droidrazredge

    I’m stuck between the Poetic Slime and the rooCase. I’m wondering from people who had either of them could they give me some recommendations to sway me one way or the other ?

    • Raven

      I would recommend that you check out the Blurex Ultra-Slim Case. I have one for my OG Nexus 7 and love it.

  • Doc

    I ordered the MoKo one just the other day. I also ordered this one, it has a keyboard that I thought was worth giving a shot with. It has gone up in price since I ordered it though.


  • Detonation

    More like $48 sleeve…cheapest shipping option is $18. Is google purposely trying to prevent people from these things?

  • Raven

    I am a big fan of Blurex Cases and have gotten them for my last 2 tablets. I will be getting this one when I get the new Nexus 7:

    • LionStone

      Yea, this won me over with a more solid positioning for propping up with the molded grooves and Qi charging through the case… thanks for the heads up!

  • fauxshizzl

    I ordered the rooCase a little while back and was supposed to get it between the 8-12th according to the tracking dates attached to the email they sent when they said it had shipped. But the tracking itself hasn’t worked at all, just says there is no information. Today is the 13th, still nothing.

  • hkklife

    I ordered 2 of the above cheap-o cases plus another one not listed as soon as they became available in late July and none have shipped yet despite 2 claiming to have been available by last week. My plan was to order the cheapest case available immediately and use it for a few weeks until my “real” case arrived. One has supposedly shipped but tracking info is empty. The others will be in stock around the 23rd. My lovely N7 2013 is still in a leftover Blurex N7 2012 case for the time being.

    BTW, I ordered the Moko slimfit stand case for the new N7 in genuine leather (as opposed to vinyl) and that will probably be my primary case after it arrives.

  • JimmyHACK

    Preordered a Moko Indigo when they were $5

  • Keith0606

    Amazon has a number slight variations on the Roocase above for the new nexus 7 super cheap not just the one in the link. So it’s worth considering/looking at all of them. I got one for $.01 (dual view) and the other for $.99 (origami) about two weeks ago, plus a few bucks for shipping. The prices have gone up a bit on them since though to $3 and $5 respectively. Still pretty cheap. They also come with a free stylus. The finally shipped today so I can’t offer any review of them just yet.

    • fauxshizzl

      Mine shipped on the 5th with an estimated arrival of 8th-12th. The tracking number never worked and I still haven’t got anything now on the 13th.

  • mrjackson

    You missed the boat for the $0.01 cases (plus $4.99 shipping) last week. I orderd the roocase dual view for that price. What I want to know is why are they so cheap? I paid $20 and $30 for my last 2 roocases.

  • Godzilla

    Amazon is always the better choice for cases.

    • palomosan
    • mustbepbs

      How would you know, Godzilla? You’re too big for these puny devices!

      • Chris Stuart

        What is this? A tablet for humans?

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        I just received this sleeve from
        Amazon today, and I can report that it works PERFECTLY. It fits the new
        N7 nice and snug, has room for something small in the extra front
        pocket, and keeps my new tablet secure and safe in my bag when I go out.

  • Booyabobby

    Thanks. Found a Moko case with Prime Shipping.

  • Corey Marrier

    Ordered my Poetic Slimline and waiting on its arrival and wondering why it will take a month to ship from the Amazon vendor.

    • Futbolrunner

      Because they’re not available yet. The black one is in stock Aug 23, the other ones Aug 30.

      • Corey Marrier

        Totally missed that, thanks for pointing that out

        • Futbolrunner

          No problem. +1 for the Poetic Slimline case. Had it on the OG N7 and it kept the case minimal with a great amount of protection. I’m also waiting on the new one. None of the one’s available now look like a better substitute.

  • joejoe5709

    You read my mind. I was actually literally just looking at these exact cases on Amazon not 10 minutes ago. Truman Show much? 🙂

  • sumyunguy1234

    This one is $2.99 and has the sleep/wake magnet. Got on for my wife with the original N7

  • garbagedick

    Apple didn’t “introduce” the smart cover, they took a design from incase and put a magnet in future ipads for it….


  • Jarred Sutherland

    Stuff like this makes me question what crack Google is smoking when it comes to accessories. Number one, the price. $30 for a cheapo zipper case. Number two, is it in stock or not? They seem to be unable to keep stuff in stock for anything they sell, always seems like they have some sort of supply issue with each product.

  • gbenj

    What about a sleeve?

    • Jeff C

      couldn’t find anything specific for the new nexus 7 on amazon but there are ones means for 7 in tablets on there already. but i want a nexus 7 specific one just like you

      • gbenj

        Yep, or at least one that someones measured or tried and can verify a snug fit for the new N7

      • Swauger

        Exactly. I want one that has a camera hole in the back. I bunch of them say they will fit, but they don’t have the spot for the rear camera.

      • gbenj

        Seen that one, but looks to just be repurposed from other devices so not sure about fit. Also, twice the price of some of the other options you listed that seem to be more legit.

        • jofficus44

          I just received this sleeve from Amazon today, and I can report that it works PERFECTLY. It fits the new N7 nice and snug, has room for something small in the extra front pocket, and keeps my new tablet secure and safe in my bag when I go out.

    • palomosan
    • Jonathan Reid

      Keep checking this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0060REFOY/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_details_o00_s00_i01
      It was 99 cents free shipping. It is out of stock but they usually only stay in stock for a few days. They have had two waves like that so keep checking back. It fits perfectly and has nice soft I side with nylon outside and a quiet zipper.

  • Pet E. Bone

    Are there any sleeves available that are similar to the ridiculously overpriced one that Google is selling?