Why Do All Nexus 7 Covers Have Latches?

Ever since I took possession of my Asus Nexus 7 I have been in search of the perfect case. What I want is a Nexus 7 version of the Invellop case that I have on my iPad. The Invellop case is faux leather and fits snugly around the iPad, adding little bulk. What I really like is how when I fold the cover back behind the case the cover lies flat against the bottom of the iPad.

The first case that I bought for the Nexus 7 is the Blurex Ultra-Slim case, which fits snuggly on the Nexus 7 and doesn’t add too much bulk but has what for me is a fatal flaw, a latch on the right side of the cover. When I fold the Blurex cover back behind the Nexus 7 the latch is right where I hold the Nexus 7 in my right hand, making it very uncomfortable to hold.

Recently I decided to look for another Nexus 7 case and found the Devicewear Ridge case for the Nexus 7. The main selling point of the case its ability to hold the Nexus 7 in six different landscape positions on a table top. For me the main selling point is that it did not have a latch on the right side where my hand sits, but it does have a latch at the top and bottom of the cover. Why is it that every Nexus 7 case has a latch to secure the cover, when the iPad cases seen to be able to use the magnet, which the Devicewear case has, to keep the cover closed?

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After using the Devicewear Ridge case for a few weeks I think I now know why the latches are needed. It might be that if the magnets are too strong the device will turn off when you fold the cover back behind the Nexus 7. I’ve been experiencing this situation where I’ll be reading with the cover folded back behind the Nexus 7 and all of the sudden it turns off. After some experimentation I find that as I start to unfold the cover the Nexus 7 will turn back on. If I am right it might mean that because one of my required use cases is to be able to fold the cover of the case behind the Nexus 7, I’ll not be able to use a case that automatically turns the Nexus 7 on and off.

In the short term I need to decide whether to stick with the Devicewear case or switch back to the Blurex case, it’s really a choice between two annoyances. Long term, I guess my hunt for the perfect case continues.

If you are interested in check it it out, you will find the Devicewear Ridge case at Newegg for $25.25.

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About Frank

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2 Responses to Why Do All Nexus 7 Covers Have Latches?

  1. Jim KUMPULA says:

    Frank look at the moko slim case I love mine

  2. Frank says:

    I tried the moko case before the Devicewear one and my problem with it is that latch on the right hand side of the cover. When you fold the cover back behind the Nexus 7 the latch make the device uncomfortable to hold in my right hand. I believe that you are a lefty, so you might run in to this issue.

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