Contest: Win 1 of 4 Nexus 7 (2013) Official Google Play Sleeves

Yesterday, we took a belated look at the official Sleeve for the 2013 Nexus 7, since it has temporarily dropped from its steep $30 price tag. In case you missed that review, we actually love the damn thing. It’s beautifully designed, uses premium materials, and fits the Nexus 7 like a glove. It also comes in four beautiful colors, all of which we have on-hand to giveaway today. That’s right, since we told you not to buy this sleeve back in August when it first became available, it only seems fitting that we hand them out to a few of you for free.

This Sleeve, along with a handful of other Nexus accessories, are on sale for a limited time through Google Play at 25% off. You can find the Nexus 7′s Folio (which we wouldn’t recommend) and Case, along with the Bumper (another we wouldn’t recommend) and QuickCover for the Nexus 5.

Who wants a Sleeve?  (more…)

Video: Nexus 7 (2013) Official Sleeve Review, an Accessory Google Got Right

As much as I like the look and feel of most Google Play accessories for Nexus devices, many have been disappointments, especially at their price points. The Nexus 5 Bumper was close to being perfect, but the sticky button situation killed any hope it once had. The Nexus 7 Folio was similarly good in theory, yet couldn’t deliver on fit and finish. So with the current 25% off Nexus accessory sale through Google Play running for a limited time, we were trying to decide if any of the cases should really be considered by you. I think we found the one. Maybe.  (more…)

Google Play Hosting 25% Off Deal on Select Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Accessories

For a limited time only, Google Play is hosting a 25% off deal on select Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 accessories. It’s not the longest list, but if you were looking to score a Nexus 5 bumper case or a Nexus 7 folio case, now is the time to do it. The deal looks to be limited to cases and sleeves, so don’t get your hopes up for 25% off on a wireless charger or anything like that.  (more…)

Is the Nexus 7 About to Join Verizon’s Official Tablet Lineup?

According to leak maestro evleaks, Verizon is soon to add the Nexus 7 to its official lineup of tablets, even without sporting any type of Big Red branding. Woah, really, Verizon? No massive 4G LTE logo or anything?

No timeframe has been given as to when we could expect to see Verizon begin to offer the device on its network, plus we haven’t heard anything from our Verizon sources, but evleaks is usually on the ball with these sorts of leaks.  (more…)

Contest: Win a Nexus 7 32GB (2013) in Either White or Black From DL

Just as we hinted in our Google Play gift card post (which is still open for entries), we have a few surprises for folks looking to score a sweet early Christmas present. We are giving away a Nexus 7 32GB (2013) tablet, in your color choice of either White or Black. The Nexus 7 is one of our favorite Android tablets, and we are pretty sure it needs no introduction.

The contest is as simple as ever, with us only asking that you follow the Rafflecopter widget rules (leave a comment and then think about following us on your favorite social networks).

Let’s do it.  (more…)

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

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.  (more…)

Newest Google Search Update Seems to Make GEL Work Perfectly on Nexus 7

Even though Google’s GEL or Google Experience Launcher is currently an exclusive to the Nexus 5, we’re all well aware of its capabilities on other devices running Android 4.1+. In fact, the last Google Search update from mid-November brought compatibility with the new launcher to all sorts of devices, assuming you had the new GoogleHome.apk sideloaded. But compatibility is one thing, functioning correctly and not looking like garbage is another.  (more…)