Google Nexus 7 Case - Poetic Google Nexus 7 Case [Slimline Series] - [Lightweight] [Ultra-slim] PU Leather Slim-Fit Trifold Cover Stand Folio Case for Google Nexus 7 1st Gen Red (3 Year Manufacturer Warranty From Poetic)
- Smooth PU leather cover for automatic sleep/wake functionality and secure closure
- Easy snap-on installation in protective polycarbonate back shell
- Lightweight and protective - enjoy your tablet's true form
- Perfect port cutouts for your headphones, charging cable, and speakers
- Designed for the Google Nexus 7 1st Gen. Made by Poetic.
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The Slimline by PoeticTM for the Google Nexus 7 or Google Nexus 10 offers a sturdy folder design providing protection to the screen and the back of the device. The microfiber interior lining offers scratch and dust protection as well as anti-slip protection when rolling back the cover in multiple view positions. The magnetic cover protects your screen on the go and offer a sleep/wake function upon opening and closing. The Google Nexus 7 or Google Nexus 10 charging port, buttons, and speakers are exposed for easy access while being protected by the Slimline case. This shock-resistant case is made with environmentally friendly, high-quality, flexible PU and has easy snap on/snap off functions.
Poetic, an Exact Design Inc Brand, warrants the Poetic Brand of Products against defects in material or workmanship for a period?3 (three) Years from the original date of purchase of the product by a consumer through an authorized Poetic dealer. Poetic does not warrant, and is not responsible for, any smart phone, tablet or other device made by any manufacturer other than Poetic. If a defect arises in the materials or workmanship warranted by Poetic, Poetic will replace that unit as long as it falls within the warranty constraints.
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That's the initial impression, and I am convinced that most of the positive reviews are based on that rather than long term usage - either that, or my case is a factory reject.
Once the honeymoon is over, the problems arise. First off, the tri-folding cover makes a pretty poor stand. It seems like it should work, and if you position it just so it will hold, but since you have to touch the screen to actually do things with the device it's a recipe for frustration. Even a small hook-n-loop strip could have made all the difference here.
But more importantly, the quality of this case is just really poor. Within a week of use it was already showing signs of wear: the flap sections weren't lining up properly, they didn't sit flat. The edges were beginning to fray.
I'm coming on two months of ownership now and it's only gone downhill from there. The material on the flap is separating at the folds, and it seems really cheap indeed. The "hinge" thing does not instill confidence either: as I have used the case, I have noticed that the hinge has become "broken in," which makes the alignment worse and reduces the chance that the "stand" functionality will actually hold the thing up at all.
Now, I am not abusing this product. I'm placing it in my briefcase and opening and closing it - really typical use. But it's starting to look like it's been through the wringer already.
The description says it has a 3 year warranty, and I'm going to ask for a replacement. But dealing with exchanges on products this cheap is always frustrating, since between your time spent dealing with the exchange and (possibly, I do not know yet whether this is true in Poetic's case) additional shipping charges, it feels like it's not always worth it.
Even if I can get a better quality replacement, it would not change my overall recommendation: avoid.
** Update 01/2013 **
I have uploaded three photos in the "Customer Images" section to illustrate the issues I am seeing:
Fig 1: view of the case open
Fig 2: View of the back of the case
Fig 3: View of the side of the case
Upon receiving the case and unpackaging it, it becomes immediately clear that they have used sub-par elements/design/material to mass produce these cases in order to increase their margins for profit. The top of the case, which is meant to be folded into a triangle to allow the tablet to stand is now made out of flimsy material that barely can hold the tablet up. It probably falls/slips/slides 60% of the time. When purchasing a case to house a ~250 dollar device, you expect it to protect. However if I were to prop my tablet up on a table I would be terrified to walk away considering it could slide down from the stand and fall. This is unacceptable.
Still giving it the benefit of the doubt, I close my tablet and reopen it, only to find that the sleep/wake function also does not work. It will "wake" the device maybe 60% of the time whereas it will not "sleep" the device ever. I'm talking 0% of the time. For whatever reason it will not/can not put the device to sleep even though this is supposed to be a very basic function of the case.
All in all, I am extremely disappointed in Poetic and Exact-Deal as a whole for allowing a product which had such hope and a promising future to be skinned down and slashed down in an effort to reach maximum profit.
Pros: Gorgeous case, the white which I ordered is beautiful.
Cons: Everything else. Functionality/build/quality/design. Does not work as advertised.
- Looks nice
- Very well built. There is almost zero chance your Nexus 7 will come loose from this case, even if you let your children handle it.
- Smart cover feature works well
- Very slim and light
- Good corner protection
- Easy access to buttons and usb port, speaker is not obstructed. Many other reviews mentioned how hard the buttons are to access, but after a day or two, you get used to the feel of the case and the issue solves itself :)
- When used as a stand (high angle), it almost always gets top-heavy and falls over, unless you get it to stand in an almost vertical position. Just touching the screen could cause it to fall over. Works fine as a low angle stand though.
- Mircofiber inner cover picks up dust easy, which can gunk up the screen.
If you weren't planning on using the stand functionality often, then I would strongly suggest this case. If stand functionality is one of your deal-breakers, I would suggest another case, or do as I did and buy a separate stand. Nothing on this case looks or feels cheap. There was some thought put into the design, and it is a good balance between lightweight/slim and rugged/durable.