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Nexus 7 Case Showdown: Poetic Slimline vs. MoKo vs. rooCase

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A couple of weeks ago, Google began selling an official Nexus 7 sleeve through Google Play for a reasonably bloated price of $30. We offered up a handful of alternatives at that time, all of which were available from Amazon for well under $20, some even for under $5. We now have all of those featured options in house, and wanted to do a quick overview of each to show you which are really worth your money and which are better left in the “too good to be true” category.

Below, you’ll find a hands-on of the Poetic Slimline (our personal favorite), MoKo Case, and rooCase. All three are available in a variety of colors from blue to purple to green to pink, and with customer ratings of 4-stars and above.

Again, there are so many solid options out there that are worth exploring before you go diving into anything over $20. These are just a few to get you started. 

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

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  • Guest

    I got a basic black for $1,
    shipping was ~$5.
    Very please with it, only wish the screen cover would feel more comfortable when it’s open.

  • nrseljs

    Love my new Google nexus 7 gen 2 …love android (have a galaxy s4 as well) former iPhone user, I would pick jelly bean over iOS hands down. My daughter has iPad mini’hubby and I did share iPad 2…this is way faster than either!! I do realize this is suppose to be a review on cases but I haven’t found what I’m looking for In a case yet…I am actually just responding to a few of the comments that were recently made.

  • bentleysmom

    Had the Poetic (for the original 7) returned 2 of them, great customer service (through Amazon) but the folds in the cover kept cracking on me after minimal use. Went with the Moko and it’s great.

  • JohnPA2006

    I ordered a poetic case from Amazon a few weeks ago, man the USPS is horribly slow even worse the vendor didnt ship till almost a week after the order was placed. I will gladly pay for shipping next time, Forget free shipping, I would like my case before the Nexus 8 comes out.

  • athorax

    I have had the rooCase for the 2012 Nexus 7 since launch and while it is a little bit think, it has been an excellent case. I was able to throw it in my backpack to take between classes and it held up really well.

  • Raunak Prasad

    For the Moko case. There’s a small edge when you’re folding it back to prop it up where a magnet will stick to the clasp to prevent the device from continually falling as shown in the video. It’s right on the edge of the side furthers from the metal clasp.

  • Mike Cantalupo

    After reading all of the reviews when I got my nexus 7 months ago, I ended up getting the Devicewear Ridge case. It’s a great design and is slim.

    • MHBGT

      Just ordered one! Getting it to South Africa from Amazon, $50. The Poetic Slimline would have been $10 less, which doesn’t seem as nice.

  • jon

    got my slimline not too far back when it was 5 bucks, love it. thin n nice .adds barely zero bulk. magnets are awesome

  • Michael

    Case really does smell terrible!

  • ynksbsbll2

    Those are some well manicured fingernails

    • Kyle Cordiano

      Girls love a man who is well groomed.

      • umbrellacorp

        My beard says otherwise.

  • Kyle Cordiano

    I was going to get the Nexus 7 official sleeve but then you guys mentioned the poetic slim case and I purchased it immediately. Came today and damn is it nice. Thanks Droid-Life

    • droidrazredge

      How is the quality and durability of the poetic slimline ? I’ve seen reviews on Amazon talk about how it falls apart easily and does not fit the device that well

      • Kyle Cordiano

        For first impressions the case is very nice. It fits the device like a glove. Not loose at all inside, the magnets are very strong on the front and the sleep/wake up feature does work properly. It does not look cheap at all. For $12.95 the current price, I’d get it. It’s fantastic and the 3 year warranty adds peace of mind.

      • gk08

        Poetic has good design but I have found the manufacturing quality lacking after a few months. Nexus 4 case started coming apart, one nexus 7 case lost a magnet that holds the lid shut, another is cracking and peeling along the edges of the cover. Customer service is good and they will repair/replace easily but it’s still a pain.

  • JamesU513

    Got my Poetic Slimline yesterday and it’s perfect for on-the-go purposes

    • droidrazredge

      I was wondering what your thoughts are about the poetic slimline ? I’ve seen
      reviews on Amazon talk about how it falls apart easily and does not fit
      the device that well

  • Raven

    It may cost a little more at $11.99, but I really like the Blurex Ultra-Slim Case:
    http://www.amazon.com/Blurex-Ultra-Slim-Nexus-Tabet-Feature/dp/B00ECDL5AK

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    I got my origami rooCase back when they have $.99 sale, though i had to pay quite a bit for shipping :P
    I like it, but it triggers auto off in the weirdest moments like the cover’s about to close…. so beware of that if you are going to by origami.

    its a fun case though, I love the different folds you can do to get it to the perfect angle

  • Jimmy Debacher

    The Poetic Slimline case was $5 before it was released. I believe now that it has been released its price has been raised. Must’ve been like a promo. I got mine for around $5. :)

  • Skip Flem

    I got BOTH MOKO and Poetic… the magnet on the MOKO holds my STYLUS better.

  • Nick

    $12.95 for Slimline, Kellen :-), still an awesome price for a nice looking case. You made up my mind for me and I’m gonna be ordering one right after I type this comment.

    • Brian Utne

      Mine’s coming today! stoked.

      • Nick

        Just finished ordering mine now lol, $12.95 + free shipping, definite no-brainer :-D

        • Brian Utne

          Yup! This is the first case I’ve ordered that ISN’T a Cruzerlite case. I love their cases for my phone, but I need screen protection on a tablet.

          • michael arazan

            Has anyone tested out LTE on their New Nexus 7 and tell me how the battery runs and the speeds with the newish processor?

            Also how is the wifi connection? My connection on my original nexus 7 is cutting off and on a lot lately.

  • sean parmenter

    Did the price go up since you posted this article? I’m seeing 12.95 for the Poetic Slimline. Or maybe I’m missing something…

  • Dat Nguyen

    Poetic for a few reasons:
    – 3 year warranty
    – Cover stays more flush with the profile
    – Have heard the “clasp” on the Moko could scratch the screen

    Prices are also grossly mis stated as Moko and Poetic are +12$ now. Roo case is not an option. Never liked that style of case.

  • Brian Utne

    Just ordered my Roo case!! WOOT!

    LOLJK. Why would someone buy that thing, it’s HIDEOUS!

  • Shane Redman

    Moko get’s the job done if you’re a penny-pincher…

    Plus, Kellex was folding it the wrong way when trying to stand it.

  • Ogami Itto

    I went with Caseology. Has anybody received theirs yet? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A8RYAMY/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    • Michael Chediak

      That looks nice, just not a fan of the color choices.

      • Ogami Itto

        Color choices available now suck. I went with the navy blue. Paid $0.01 and two dollars and change for shipping. Only thing that worries me is that I don’t see any cutoffs for the speakers. Hopefully this are just pre-production renders and not the final product.

        • Michael Chediak

          Navy Blue would have been my choice as well and for a penny, you can’t go wrong, with or without speaker cutouts.

        • FknTwizted

          lol i went neon green so i can see that bastard if i leave it somewhere or someone tries to jack it form me.

    • FknTwizted

      i should be expecting mine today or tomorrow.. I like this style of case when i had my moto xoom

  • Michael Chediak

    I have the Poetic and Moko, paid less than $10 shipped for both and have to say that the Poetic is my favorite.

  • Dain Fordell

    Got my Poetic 1 week ago. Stellar!!

  • Tom Luley

    Say cutout one more time….

    • Brian Utne

      HAHA I was thinking the same thing.
      Good reviews though. My Poetic Slimline comes today.

  • Cubanito1967

    I received my Poetic yesterday. For what I paid its a no brainer!

  • Tim242

    I just got my Nexus 7 today. All I can say is WOW!

    • John

      Get an ipad, no joke, no trolling, get an ipad. Simple enough.

      • Tim242

        Ewwwwww

        • John

          It’s more or less because while ios is much more restricted and locked up, the truth of the matter is that ios is more consistent. It never ever lags on any hardware, and the games and such are of much higher quality. Games come out months earlier on ios as do other certain apps. I have a 2nd gen nexus 7 and a sgs3 but just saying from a gamers and a casual persons experience go with ios device by far.

          • Tim242

            II have played around with an iPad. It sucked. I couldn’t do half of what I needed or wanted to do. I am not a gamer, but the Nexus 7 2013 is great for games. The iPad “Mini” is too big to be as portable as I like. The Nexus 7 fits in my jeans pocket. I much prefer the Nexus ratio to the 4:3 of the iPad mini..

          • John

            I must say your points are almost all valid. I despise the ipad mini, it has a terrible screen, an underpowered CPU, too little ram for ios, and was too big for its type. But a 4th gen ipad is amazing, that stellar display and amazing CPU/GPU for anything. Android is better with phones but apple is far better with tablets. The 4:3 ratio is not for everyone but its honestly a little better when you take the average daily persons usage of a tablet in to hand. I have a 2nd gen nexus and while it to is great. It’s the downright shittiest device for games and a lot of the time browsing the web. EVERY THING lags when browsing the web, You see android never ever uses more than two cores of that “quad core” CPU the nexus has, it’s more or less a nice marketing time, kind of like “retina display” is. Don’t even get me started on android fragmentation, here’s the best example I can come up with, when a developer makes an app or a game for ios they have to program it for about 5-8 different chipsets/devices, now when that same dev makes that same app on android they have to make sure the app/game runs optimally on 8,000+ android chipsets and devices. Once again
            Best phones = Android
            Best tablets = ios (minus the mini)

          • JD_26

            is it 2011 again ??? are we still on this debate ??

          • Jason Jia

            The new iPad Mini with Retina display may have better specs than the new Nexus 7, but the price is outrageous. It costs $100 more just for a speed, display, and OS upgrade. And I have the new Nexus 7 dude, it does indeed lag sometimes, but that’s only on really graphic intensive games, and even then it only stutters every once in a while. It has a major speed upgrade from the original Nexus 7 which drained your battery quickly even on idle. This article is for people looking for a good protective case for their Nexus 7, we don’t need fanboys like you who doesn’t except any device but ones from Apple, while you’re riding their c*ck.

          • Toxicsix

            “It never ever lags on any hardware”….. really … there most recent ios update pretty well ruined my iphone4 which was working perfectly under the previous version. I have now sold my iphone and ipad2 and purchased a nexus4 and nexus7 gen2 and couldn’t be happier. No more iclone for me.

      • JamesU513

        The man just told you he was happy with his new N7, why would you even write that?

        • daricomp

          Apples still have to recover from the shock that someone is finally doing something better under every aspect, for half the price

      • ImmaDroid

        How you gonna say get and iPad on Droid-life Nexus 7 topic?? lol, TOOL

        • annandrews44

          If you understand what you’re doing, you’re are intelligent.
          Then don’t waste time and move to… Bay35.coℳ

      • nrseljs

        No don’t. This is faster and you get more bang for your buck. I have iPad 3, and daughter has iPad mini…this does as much or more.

      • Sam

        I have both… Nexus7, iPad3.

        Nexus all the way, hands down.. You made the right choice Tim

  • Andrew Thompson

    Poetic slimline for Nexus 7 FTW

  • Ryan

    WIll the wireless charging still work through any of these cases?

    • Nick

      The Slimline yes

  • fauxshizzl

    I picked up the rooCase for $2.98 on the first pre order for it. I gotta say that is hands down the best $3 I have ever spent on anything ever. The quality feels far above the cost. It has the sleep/wake magnet in the cover, stands in multiple positions, and came with a stylus the would usually cost as much as the case did. I highly recommend it.

    • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

      I don’t get why they are selling them for $3? I purchased two RooCase covers in the past and they really are the best! I mean this is a firesale.

      • Ian

        Trying to establish some word-of-mouth. I mean look at these glowing reviews youguys just posted.

  • Booyabobby

    I have the Moko case and I have the same problem trying to fold the cover to prop up the tablet. The magnet is just not strong enough. In the near future, I may get the Poetic. Thanks for the video.

  • Siggy

    I have the Poetic Slimline for my Nexus 10 and love it.

  • wolfedude88

    The pricing Is wrong all the poetic and the moko

  • Ryan Cota

    This is a much better Moko case, but is not as thin but really fits the business need i have, use it constantly.

    http://www.amazon.com/MoKo-Google-New-Nexus-Case/dp/B00DE8R3BO/

  • Daniel Ogilvie

    I just got my Portenzo case in the mail and I really love it. Way more expensive, but it looks and feels great.

  • tanknspank

    I’ll actually come out and say it… I bought the sleeve from the Play Store. Yes, yes I did. And the worst part is… I actually like it. A lot. I prefer something to carry it in but not mess with the profile of the device when I’m using it.

    What can I say.

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

      There’s nothing wrong with this! If I had one of my own (what I was commenting on was actually my wife’s), then I very well might do exactly as you say and use a sleeve rather than a case!

    • Bootleg Zani

      I have the official sleeve for both my old Nexus 7 and my new Nexus 7 and I have the Poetic Slimlines for both as well. For the old Nexus 7 I prefer the official sleeve. For the new Nexus 7 I easily prefer the Poetic Slimline. The official sleeve for the new Nexus 7 is much thinner than the old one and just generally feels much more flimsy to me.

  • tharealoc

    I pre-odered the moko for $0.99 and am mostly happy with it, but i think the poetic looks to be slightly better, however i haven’t watched the video yet.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

    I prefer the Poetic over the MoKo (have them both) simply because it’s *much* thinner and allows the Nexus 7 to retain quite a bit of its slimness. The MoKo is just too thick imho.