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I was planning to buy Google’s official Nexus 7 case but it’s not in stock. That’s actually a good thing because this case from Blurex looks better, has more features — including magnetic smart wake and sleep — and costs $5 less than Google’s own product.

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Since I take my Nexus 7 tablet everywhere I go, I decided to order a protective case. Luckily for me, the official $20 Nexus 7 case in the Google Play store was listed as “coming soon”; Google must be getting more of them produced. Why is that a good thing? I noticed a review on Gadgetell for the Blurex Ultra Slim Case for Nexus 7 and it looks far better for my needs. Even better: It’s only $14.99 and has more features.

The Blurex reminds me of the case I used previously with my Galaxy Tab. Scosche made that one for the Tab and I liked how it offered different viewing angles for the tablet. The Blurex case does the same: It angles the tablet based on which slot you tuck the cover into. That’s handy for using the Nexus 7 when I want to put it down to watch a movie or television show, for example.

That alone would be worth buying the Blurex, which is made from a synthetic leather outside and microfiber inside. But unlike Google’s own case, this one takes advantage of the auto-wake and sleep functions just like Apple’s Smart Cover for iPad. Some sleuthing with the Nexus 7 tablet revealed magnets for the feature, but Google isn’t yet using it in its own case. Leave it to a third-party case-maker to not only include the magnets, but to do so for $5 less than the official Nexus 7 case.

I’ve ordered my own Blurex Ultra Slim Case from Amazon and it should be here in a few days, so I’ll report back in. On paper, it looks like a winner for both me and my Nexus 7, but I’ll share some feedback after it arrives.

Update: My case is here and I have a video look at it available.

  1. Mark Tillison Monday, August 20, 2012

    Anything available in the UK yet?

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  2. Greg Knieriemen Monday, August 20, 2012

    I have the case and love it – it’s surprisingly thin. I thought audio might be a problem but the case has holes right over the speaker and wasn’t a problem.

    The bezel grips are fantastic and really distinguish the case from others.

    It has an elastic strap that you can stick your hand in… I’m not keen on holding my Nexus 7 this way but it doesn’t get in the way.

    It does have an elastic band for a stylus which I think is useless and it sticks out slightly on the side but it’s not really a problem.

    It’s thin, light and the magnetic closing works very well. It’s easily the best case I’ve ever had for a tablet.

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  3. the*point*man Monday, August 20, 2012

    I have it as well. Very good case. Picked it up after a day or two of research a month ago.

    Hard cover – check
    Doubles as a stand – check
    Thin – check
    Handle – check
    Stylus holder – check
    Magnets – check

    Good but. Took you long enough to find it :)

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  4. And now, it’s sold out on Amazon! Dang!

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  5. Easily the worst product name I’ve seen in years. I read it as Blur-ex and immediately wondered why I would want anything associated with the word ‘blur’ as a tablet case. After some thought I read it as Blu-rex which is what I guess they meant.
    I hope they didn’t pay some naming company for this. First impressions are everything and this name fails miserably on that count.

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  6. No longer available on Amazon, and the product is not even listed on the BlurexUSA website. I think I’ll hold out for something more real.

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  7. Josh Robertson Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    I got 1 on ebay for 6 dollars and 99 cents, stand up in landscape mode, Came with a stylus, hold the stylus,has the magnetic feature, and is decently comfortable. I feel like Google has not worked out the kinks of the magnetic feature. I feel like it is making my nexus bug out sometimes. Anyone else have a case with the magnet feature experiencing nexus freak outs?

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  8. I’m pretty sure that several companies are selling this exact same case (e.g., Moko slim for N7, etc.).

    I’ve had the Bluerex for about 2 weeks now and really like it. I picked it up at only 7 bucks, on sale, with a special promo code that folks at XDA were circulating. Relatively light, thin, adequate material. The magnet got a tweak, so it doesn’t shut the tablet off when folded back flat. The speaker design also got reworked a bit too. The companies have all been quite responsive too (e.g., have sent out free updated versions of the case to everyone that bought the originals).

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    1. Jacob Bockelmann Friday, August 24, 2012

      I just received this case and its great but the magnet is not strong enough to activate the On/off function. Anyone else experience this problem? I thought perhaps the the magnet was installed backwards but its not. It’s just weak.

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      1. Could be a faulty case. Mine is working well. Perhaps a return/exchange?

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      2. Jacob Bockelmann Friday, August 24, 2012
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      3. Jacob Bockelmann Saturday, September 1, 2012

        Blurex replaced my faulty case with a new one and the magnet works perfectly.

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  9. Exact same case is sold at the same price under the i-Blason brand name on Amazon. I have it and love it.

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  10. Poetic, i-blason and moko are other names this case falls under as well. I had the moko, it went back, as did the i-blason. Only one I kept was the blurex. Awesome quality.

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