First cases for new Nexus 7 begin to appear
While the new Nexus 7 isn’t the same size as last year’s model, several
cases are available at launch with plenty more on the way.
Whenever a new iPad is announced, it’s quickly followed by a flood of
accessory manufacturers announcing new cases for it. With the new Nexus 7, the number of case announcements is more of a trickle, but we expect to see lots more in the coming weeks.
Of course, plenty of sleeve-style cases for the old Nexus 7 will fit the
new Nexus 7 because the two products, while not exactly the same size
(the new model is slightly taller and slimmer), are similar enough to
fit in a sleeve that has some play to it. However, fitted cases truly
customized for the old 7 won’t work.
Dodocase, the company known for its bookbound-style cases, announced several new cases for the new Nexus 7, as well as one sleeve.
WaterField Designs Slipcase for the ‘Gen 2’ Nexus 7.
Waterfield Designs has tweaked its various sleeves
to fit the new Nexus and is already selling the new products. The
“custom-fitted” Nexus 7 II cases include: the Ultimate SleeveCase, the
Slip Case, the Suede Jacket and the Travel Express, which range in price
from $19 to $19 to $59.
I also got an email from M-Edge, which has been touting flexibility of its “universal” folio cases, saying its $39.99 Stealth case is now available for new Nexus 7.
With universal cases, you tend to strap the device in at the corners
with elastic bands, so a case could be used for virtually any 7-inch
tablet, including the
Kindle Fire and Nook HD (and the
too). The nice thing about going universal is that as you go from one
device to the next (and perhaps sell your older model) you can keep the
case. Not surprisingly, more generic versions of this type of cases can
be found on Amazon for less.
It might be a few weeks (or months) before we start seeing tougher,
fancier rubber/plastic cases from Otterbox, Speck, and plenty of others,
but as soon as a bunch hit the market, we’ll put together a round up of
the best cases — and best values.
DodoCase is selling 7 cases for the new Nexus 7.