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It's a great bluetooth keyboard and decent case
on July 31, 2012
I have overall mixed feelings about this case. For the price, I think it is a very good keyboard for the Nexus 7, and it's a great way to protect it as well. It simply has a few oddities that make it a decent product rather than one I'd recommend in a heartbeat.
Build quality is fairly good, so no complaints about that. I also like how the keyboard is fastened to the lower half of the case with a magnet. No velcros, tabs, or anything that would wear out. Very well done. It's also a fairly good price overall for a Bluetooth keyboard with its own battery and the added convenience of a Micro USB charging port.
Now,I realized from the pictures that the case seemed a little big for the Nexus 7. Of course, nothing can actually compare to actually having the product in front of you to really notice how bad the size discrepancy is. The side where the tablet goes is about 2 inches bigger than it needs to be. If the keyboard needed that much space I guess I'd understand it, but the keyboard half of the case also has about 2 inches of nothing. I know it's a Bluetooth device, but I own other Bluetooth keyboards that are much smaller than this, which makes me think it doesn't need that much space for its electronics. Basically, first impressions were bewilderment as I suddenly have this oversized case for the Nexus 7. It seems like it was originally built for a much bigger tablet and then repurposed for this one.
There's also the problem with the magnets. So it wakes the Nexus 7 when the case opens and puts it to sleep when the case closes. Cool feature, I enjoy that. Unfortunately, if I am holding the Nexus 7 in portrait orientation (which is uncomfortable due to the size issue as then the left side of the case is empty space) and wrap the keyboard side around, emulating a book, the magnets sometimes interact with the Nexus 7, putting it to sleep. That's a problem, and I'm looking to see if I can deactivate that magnet feature.
Anyway, at the end of the day I am not sure if I like the product or not. I mean, for the price it's not a bad Bluetooth keyboard at all. It also protects my tablet. My plan is to use the case when I'm transporting the tablet to keep it safe. The keyboard will always be used whenever I have need of it, but I don't envision myself actually using the tablet while inside the case. It's just too inconvenient for that kind of scenario. So, once again, I can't really recommend it, but I don't consider it as a bad product either.