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Nexus 7 (2013) Official Folio Case: Another Poorly Made, Overpriced Google Play Accessory

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On the day that Google introduced two new Google Play Edition devices, we also were treated to the arrival of an official Folio case for the 2013 Nexus 7. At $49.99, it’s not exactly cheap, though we wouldn’t expect official Nexus accessories to be cheap these days. After seeing the official (and poorly designed) Nexus 5 Bumper drop in at $34.99, the price of this Folio is right about where one would envision it to be. But as always, we like to pick-up all official Nexus accessories to give them some run and see if Google has created the perfectly designed compliment for their device lineup. 

The N7 Folio comes in both bright red and black – we are featuring the red version here. The case includes a tri-fold top piece that attaches to a bumper, leaving an exposed back. It feels premium in hand, with its soft touch front, felt under-covering, and premium plastic bumper. There are cutouts where you need cutouts (microUSB port, headphone jack, and speakers) and button coverings over the volume and power, though these actually work unlike the coverings on the Nexus 5 Bumper. With the exposed back, you also leave open the possibility of wirelessly charging your device.

Unfortunately for this Folio, there isn’t much to like outside of the premium materials used. As detailed in the video below, I noticed all sorts of little issues that shouldn’t exist in a product that was “custom designed” by Google to fit their own tablet. The cover doesn’t sit flush, it doesn’t have magnets to help keep it closed, the hinge for the cover can be finicky, the cover overlaps the tablet when tucked behind, and the fit of the bumper is not tight or secure enough to leave me feeling comfortable using this case for long. With the number of issues I detail in the clip, plus with its $49.99 price tag, I wouldn’t exactly recommend that anyone pick one of these up.

I wonder when Google is going to get one of these right?

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  • Augman

    I have a Power-case for my Note 3 and love it.
    Does anyone make a Power-case for the Nexus 7 series?

  • John Friend

    You guys have to check out the moko case. I opted for one until these red folios become more available at a lower price. The fit is phenomenal and the sleep function is great!

  • Drlbg

    I bought it and returned it the same day. Amazingly poor execution, especially at a premium price.

  • Bootleg Zani

    This thing sucks. I just got this yesterday. What an awful piece of crap for $50.

  • Sharkh20

    Should just stop making accessories and leave it to the third parties. Just been getting anything poetic these days.

  • Alex James Simon

    I have a Dodo case on my Nexus 7 it’s extremely expensive $77 for the hardcover and bamboo, but it looks amazing, protects it well, (dropped it on its face on solid concrete, not a scratch) and adds security to the tablet if you take it with you somewhere, because to other people it looks like a hardcover book, I get asked what are you reading all the time, because the tablet looks like a book.

  • http://www.tedpavlic.com/ Ted Pavlic

    Again, Poetic Slimline — you can get it under $20, it comes in multiple colors, and it makes you feel like you’re a hipster with an official iPad accessory. They say that the edges fray over time, but it comes with a THREE YEAR WARRANTY. So that’s pretty cool too. I haven’t tested to see if the Qi charging works well through the back — anyone care to comment?

  • NexusMan

    Don’t have one and don’t plan on getting one…very happy with my Moko case, but while I do think this case is over priced and the open back isn’t my cup of tea, I do think this review is a little nit picky.

  • Mike Hilal

    $50 is far too much for something like this. The same went for the $30+ flap cover for the nexus 10. Poetic makes far better cases (both in looks and quality) for $10.

  • Jake

    Kellen, if you have one of the Poetic, Moko, or other slim cases with a similar tri-fold cover, can you comment on the difference in thickness that they add to the device?

  • Daniel Clifford

    Strange…I have been using mine for a couple days now and do not have any of these complaints…
    Might have to have a closer look at it later today.

  • fauxshizzl

    Poetic FTW.

  • Tony Byatt

    I wish there was a Nexus 7 in 2007 Kellen… ;-)

  • Liderc

    Not that I care about this case, but if you’re right handed wouldn’t you hold the tablet with your left hand (fixing the sticking in the hand problem) and touch the screen with your right hand? just seems like the normal thing to do. I hold my tablet with my left hand and use my right finger to touch the screen and I’m right handed. I’d be curious to hear what other people do when holding their tablet. I’m also very OCD about this type of stuff so I’m more curious about other people’s habits compared to our own.

    Not having a magnet to keep it closed is terrible though and not lining up properly when closed is definitely not something one would expect from a 50 dollar case.

    • wolfedude88

      Yeah I’m right handed and I hold the tablet in my left hand, immediately thought of that when he said it.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Finally Kellen UNLEASHES. Watching older videos I always seem to find him trying to justify these accessories… but I guess he’s had enough of the nonesense

  • TechWings

    What happened to the video? And I agree. I’m experiencing the same problems. Does Google do returns?

  • Liderc

    The title: Tell us how you really feel Kellex.

  • Tony Byatt

    Video is not loading for me…

  • Jpx

    SMH… mine comes in on wednesday. Probably just going to take my losses

    • Detonation

      just refuse delivery

  • Curtis

    Removing smudges/finger prints from the device will do wonders for these videos!

    Weird color choices on Googles part.

  • chikpee

    That sucks…but on the bright side, I’d rather have the problem be “awesome inexpensive device with crappy overpriced accessories” than the other way around! :-) BTW, the Poetic case I found recommended here works great for my 2013 Nexus 7!

    • HashTagHell

      I would have to agree. The Poetic case is everything that this one isn’t without being nearly as expensive.

      • Douglas Boehme

        The poetic case looks like a cheap piece of crap, enjoy your horrible looking cases.

        • HashTagHell

          I will. Thank you sir.

  • Blue Sun

    Bummer. There really is no excuse for this considering it was released months after the N7 was available.