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Can a $15 tablet case really be any good? After just one day with the Blurex Ultra Slim case for Nexus 7, the answer is yes. Aside from protecting the tablet, it gives full access to all controls and offers three viewing angles in landscape.

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Earlier this week, I mentioned the Blurex Ultra Slim case for Nexus 7 tablets and my order arrived yesterday. After just a day with this case, I’m more than happy with the purchase. First of all, $15 is a steal for this case, even without the special features it offers. The case is $5 cheaper than Google’s own Nexus 7 case and it’s one is far more versatile. Take a look and see: Besides protecting the device, the magnets automatically wake or sleep the little slate.


For those looking just to protect their Nexus 7, Google’s own case is a solid choice. But I like consuming various bits of content on my small slate and I don’t always want to hold the device. That’s why I prefer a case like the Blurex model: I can prop up the Nexus 7 in three different angles to watch a movie, read a book or play a game. I’m still not sold on the hand-strap this case offers, but I don’t have to use it, so it’s not bothering me. All in all, this was $15 well spent to protect and enjoy my $249 Android tablet.

  1. Krysten Smith Friday, August 24, 2012

    Great review, Thanks!!!!!

    Do you have an update on the Samsung Samsung Standard Battery Charging System? I was wondering there was a system invented that charges the battery IN the phone as well as docks it!

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  2. something awfully wrong with that video. re-encode?

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    1. Hmmm…. working fine for me here and for a few other GigaOm staff. What browser/platform/device are you using? I don’t doubt there’s an issue; just trying to get some info. Thx!

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      1. Great review, but I’m unable to view the video on my NEXUS 7 because the video requires flash. The absence f flash is my only complaint about the nexus 7.

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    2. I was able to view it from Google Chrome.

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

      Blurex sent me a replacement case and the magnet is functioning great. Go Blurex!

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  4. Regarding video playback problem. My default browser on S Galaxy tab running froyo is dolphin vs 8.7.?. It will not play the video. If I paste url address into most recent FF browser video will play. If I paste url into stock browser that came with pad, it will also play.

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  5. Mmmmmmm, we’ll it looks almost exactly the same as the C.E.O. Hybrid case from marware… I have mine for the playbook

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  6. How ironic! Can’t view the video on my Nexus 7 because I need flash?

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    1. Just sideload the flash apk. The latest Flash for ICS works just fine on Jelly Bean.

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  7. Wow thank you for this review! It sold me on finding a good case that unlocks and locks the device when you open and close it and has a place to store my stylus!

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  8. Thanks. Nice review…

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  9. Hey, your video WON’T PLAY on a Nexus 7! Requires Flash, not supported beyond Android 4.0.x. #FAIL

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    1. That’s odd… the video plays fine on an iOS device, which of course, doesn’t have Flash. We stream the vids in both Flash and HTML5 containers, depending on the device request. I’ll check with our video content provider as it may have something to do with the user agent string for Android 4.1 devices, such as the Nexus 7. Thanks!

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    2. Same here. Could have at least offered an HTML alternative. Can’t watch the video on my Nexus 7. Can’t install flash from the Play store. This does have a classic fail feel to it, sorry.

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      1. Irongamer, see my comment above. The video plays on iOS devices, so therefore we do offer an HTML alternative. ;) Again, checking with our video content host on the issue. Thanks!

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      2. So what ever happened with that video? It still won’t play on the Nexus 7

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      3. So what ever happened with the video host? It still will not play on the Nexus 7

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  10. Thanks for the review! As soon as I finish typing this, I’ll be ordering this case. Ironic that I had to email the address of this review so I could watch the video on my iPhone. Plays fine on my 3GS, but the Nexus 7 thinks it needs flash.

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