SD TabletWear Stand and Type Google Nexus 7 Case Review

Before starting the review, I would like to say a huge thank you to GearZap, a subsidiary of Mobile Fun  for sending out this product for me to review. They sell a lot of great cases for the Nexus 7 so please check them out. The product I will review in this article is the SD TabletWear Stand and Type Google Nexus 7 Case sold by GearZap.

 

What’s Good About This Case

Front side of the case

Front side of the case

The outside of the case has a nice stylish leather effect all around it, making it look quite premium but also nice to hold in the hand. This case has been specifically designed for the Google Nexus 7 and as such there are precision cutouts for everything including the 1.2 MP Front facing camera, a microphone at the top, a secondary microphone along the left hand side, power and volume rocker on the right side, the 3.5 mm headphone jack as well as micro USB port for charging and syncing on the bottom, finishing off with also a speaker cutout on the back, this allows for full functionality to be retained when the tablet is in the case. The case is quite durable, I’ve used it for about two months now, and it has been tossed into my bag a couple of times (just to test the durability, I do look after my tech :)) and it hasn’t suffered any wear and tear, and the tablet has been fully protected.

One thing that Google failed to mention at Google I/O when the Nexus 7 was officially unveiled was that the Nexus 7 supports sleep/wake functionality similar to the iPad and some other tablets, well this case has you covered there too. When you close the lid of the case, the magnets in the case line up with the magnets in the tablet, automatically locking and then putting the Nexus 7 to sleep. Afterwards, when you lift the lid of the case, the tablet comes back on, saving battery life and giving a quick way to lock your device, if for example you’re on a platform changing trains and then resuming where you were very easily.

Media playback orientation of the stand, with Quick Settings thanks to Android 4.2 on the Google Nexus 7

Media playback orientation of the stand, with Quick Settings thanks to Android 4.2 on the Google Nexus 7

The case also features a built in stand! There is a hook-like piece of stitched material on the rear of the case and you can fold back the lid of the case into this hook, to form a stand. There are two positions you can have the stand in (see pictures in the gallery below), one is ideal for watching movies or enjoying media on the tablet, while the other offers a comfortable position for typing, both are really effective in their specific use cases and this is what majority of people use their tablets for nowadays, including myself, media playback and typing, so it’s nice that this case accommodates for these needs. The case adds a bit of bulk, but not that much, if anything this is a good thing as it offers all round protection of the tablet, and if you look at the corners closely, you can see that the tablet rests within these corners, meaning even if you dropped the case at an angle, the tablet would not be damaged, I wouldn’t recommend doing that on purpose though 🙂

There is a Velcro strap inside the tablet, which you lift to slide the tablet into the case and then you attach the Velcro strap behind the tablet to another piece of Velcro on the inside of the case and this secures your tablet within the case. Just for clarity, as you might expect, to take the tablet out of the case if need be, you simply loosen the Velcro connection, lift up the strap and then slide out the tablet. Penultimately, the internal of the case is microfibre, which feels really smooth to touch and this ensures that the tablet display will not be scratched when the tablet is in the case.

Finally, the case comes in a variety of colours like Purple, Red, White, Blue and of course Black, which is the one I’m reviewing in this article.

What’s Not So Good About This Case

Micro USB Port and Headphone jack cutout on the case

Micro USB Port and Headphone jack cutout on the case

From the points above, you might think that is the perfect case for your Nexus 7 and you’d be right in thinking so, however since I’ve used this case for two months, there are a few negatives that I’ve noticed, that you might not notice, at least initially. For starters, you can slide in the tablet into the case quite easily, but if it isn’t pushed all the way and it’s sealed, then for example, when the tablet is in landscape mode, it can be a bit difficult to swipe down for notifications and also quick settings with Android 4.2, this isn’t a major negative, more a slight cause for concern, meaning that you should press down till the case is fully inside the tablet and then seal the Velcro strap. Also this case comes with a pen holder as you can, but it would have been better if the case came with a capacitive stylus, it would have just added to the experience, but feel free to put a ballpoint pen or something similar in its place.

For those of you that have big hands, like me, you might struggle a bit to use the power button and volume rocker once the tablet is in the case, this is quite an annoyance but you get used to it, and it’s more the fault of Google for placing the buttons so close to each other, again just a slight inconvenience, not a dealbreaker by any means. The final negative is a bit more serious at least for me, basically when I first received the case, there was a strong smell of leather for about a week, it was slightly annoying and one of my other friends that has this case said he didn’t have that smell, so maybe I was just slightly unlucky. The smell did go away after a week or so, it’s not nearly as noticeable as it once was, unless of course you sniff the case…

Final Thoughts

Same as before but the tablet is in portrait mode

Same as before but the tablet is in portrait mode

Overall Rating: 9/10 (Would have been a 10, if it included a capacitive stylus, but again this is a minor gripe)

Ultimately, as you can see the benefits outweigh the disadvantages and this is an all round great case for the Google Nexus 7 offering superior protection, while retaining full functionality of the tablet as well giving you a stand to enjoy media or type out long emails. For the price of £15.95, this case is an absolute bargain for what it offers and if you need a case for your Nexus 7 tablet, I would highly recommend this one despite the slight negatives stated above, they were minor inconveniences more than anything and none of them are deal breakers by any means.

Here’s all the pictures I took of the case:

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Written by Purav, PDTechHD (My personal account is PDTalkinTech)

So what do you guys think of the SD TabletWear Stand and Type Case for the Google Nexus 7? If you have the Nexus 7, what case are you using at the moment and is this one you would consider? Let us know in the comment section below.

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I’m a 23 year old Maths Graduate, who has a great passion for technology and in my spare time I make videos on YouTube to show my passion. I'm also co-admin here at TeckComesFirst and I joined this site back in January 2012.
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  • Ben

    Excellent article man! Really in-depth just like your videos. Looks like a really nice, I would definitely pick one up if I would have my own Nexus 7. I also really like the material and it’s sleep feature. Anyway excellent job man! Keep it up!

  • Good article, in depth and bought up issues I immediately saw. Not sure If I’ll have mine for a while now. 🙂

  • Great article dude! Enjoyed the in depth coverage 🙂

  • You gave the case a 9 only because the case didn’t include a capacitive stylus!? I think the review should’ve been of the case and the final score should be based on only the case, not the accessories included or the tablet itself.

  • Great, really in-depth, if I had Nexus 7 I would take this but I do not have it. Anyway great article 🙂

  • Great review! Really goes in to depth about the case! Keep it up man! 😀

  • Very in-depth information equals awesome review
    Nice Job

  • Very in depth review, well written. Go with plain white backgrounds on your photos & I am won over 😀

  • Nice detailed article. Looks a nice case not sure if the price is slightly too high though… 🙂

  • Nice article and very thorough

  • Jack Harnett

    Great article Purav, I have the same case and I feel that it’s a very good case for my nexus 7 tablet.

  • NaijaMan

    Great detailed article Purav. Hopefully when I get a Nexus 7 very soon, I’ll be sure to get this case, having felt the nice leather finish it as.

  • Very good article mate. You basically covered all the aspects. The case looks nice also. Keep the good writing going on bro!

  • hope to win strong smart phone

  • Great article, keep up your amazing work 🙂 I would love to work together soon!

  • Nice review – well spotted that the Nexus 7 supports the wake-on-open! I’ve learned something new today! 🙂

  • Saira A

    Great review, I have to say I don’t mind the smell of leather though :p I like that it’s got the ‘smart’ features of locking the screen when closing the case.