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Revolution Case for Nexus 7
on November 19, 2012
Just received my case today (Case was ordered on Oct. 1st) and felt I should write a review of what I think is the first full protection/hybrid (hard plastic and soft rubber) case for the Nexus 7. I previously dropped my nexus and the screen/digitizer shattered. Luckily it was covered by my credit card, but it would have cost me $150 to fix. After this experience, I ordered Square trade insurance and began a search for a very sturdy case. After looking everywhere this was the first/only case I found that was similar to the Otterbox Defender series for the ipad.
Installation - The nexus fits like a glove inside this case with very little room to spare. I modified a privacy screen to fit my nexus and with that it was a VERY tight fit (of note, I'm still able to use the touch screen without problem, even with two covers on the screen). The buttons line up perfectly and using the volume and sleep buttons are very easy. It took about 5 minutes to install. Remove the rubber covering, split the hard plastic halves, place the nexus inside and reinstall the rubber. It's as simple as that.
Design - Out of the box, the case looks very sleek. If any of you have seen the Otterbox Defender series for the ipad, this case is very similar. It offers full protection for the nexus including a thin plastic screen cover. All the buttons and ports are covered by a rubber cut out flap except for the two microphone holes and the speaker. Based on previous experiences with these small flaps (on the otterbox for ipad) I don't expect these to last very long. The flaps pivot on a very thin slice of rubber so I expect them to tear off soon. On the back there is a portrait stand, landscape stand and a half circle so you can attach a lanyard. The stands do not feel extremely sturdy and based on the weight (the cover nearly doubles the weight of the Nexus) I don't feel very confident in their long term function. I hate to keep comparing this with the Otterbox, but the landscape stand is nearly identical to their design and that broke within 4 months of me having the Otterbox. It's just too flimsy. The lanyard ring also looks a little too weak for the overall weight of the device.
Customer Service - I'm very big on companies that go out of their way to satisfy their customer. I ordered the case on Oct. 1st and was contacted shortly thereafter by Poetic. They told me that the revolution was going to take a while to be shipped so they discounted the price and sent me another case to keep my nexus protected until the Revolution came (although it was hot pink.....). The customer service agents were extremely courteous and prompt in our communication.
- Full protection for the nexus. I feel confident letting my 2 year old play with the nexus now.
- Outstanding customer service
- Full functionality of all the buttons and ports
- Plastic screen cover will prevent you from having to purchase an extra screen protector
- Easy installation and sleek tight fitting design
- Rubber out-sole provides decent grip
- The stands on the back are poorly made. Too flimsy and likely to break. This includes the lanyard attachment point.
- Doubles the weight of the nexus
- The rubber flaps that cover the ports are poorly attached and are likely to tear with normal use.
Overall: 4 stars because this case does what I want it to do: protect. I have a 2 year old who has put the Otterbox on our ipad through some serious use. I knew the other cases offered for the nexus wouldn't stand up to her test of durability. I thought about giving the case 3 stars based on the poor design of the stands, however considering the awesome customer service and overall protection it deserves a 4. Also, I'm not 100% sure how to change the design to make them more sturdy without adding bulk so maybe there is no real alternative.