While much of the blogosphere has been focusing itself on official and unofficial docks for the ASUS Nexus 7 tablet, I decided to find myself a good case for the tablet. Generally, I use my Nexus 7 naked, but I like to have the option of protecting it when I’m traveling or when I just have to toss it in a bag. I’d also like the option of keeping a stylus attached to the tablet somehow, since I’m always misplacing it.

So far, I’ve had really good luck with the Poetic HardBack Protective Case for the Nexus 7: it’s cheap, it gets the job done, and it even works with those ingenious little magnetic sensors in the Nexus 7 that turn the screen on and off just by opening and closing the case. Additionally, the case just feels good in the hands, and in spite of the low asking price, the stitching has remained flawless after several weeks of intense use. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the case still looks the same as the day I first got it – this is after throwing the case in my bag, taking it with me all over the place, and generally making no effort to treat it very gingerly.

I also have to say that it fits my Nexus 7 perfectly. It’s not too loose, and it’s not to tight; it’s just snug enough where my Nexus 7 feels incredibly secure while in the case, but not so tight where it’s difficult to remove the case when I want to. Again, this is important to me, because I go back and forth between using my tablet with a case and using it naked – any case I use regularly has to be somewhat easy to take on and off.

 

As is to be expected with most cases these days, this Poetic case doesn’t block any buttons or ports on my Nexus 7, so use of the tablet isn’t hindered in any way. And as an added bonus, the case allows me to prop the Nexus 7 up at two different viewing angles to watch movies or play games: this is great when I’m laying in bed, as I can prop the tablet up on my stomach and watch something on Netflix before falling asleep. This also makes up for the lack of a kickstand on the tablet – something the HTC EVO line has spoiled me with.

I should also mention that, in case you don’t like holding the case like an open book, you can easily fold back the front flap, and use your tablet with the case that way. There’s even a handy strap for your hand! And as a nice added touch, Poetic included a small stylus holder on the side of the tablet for those of us who do use these handy little accessories. Of course, depending on the specific dimensions of your stylus, your experience may vary, but mine fits perfectly.

I purchased this case from Amazon for only $4.95. At that price, it was an absolute steal. However, it now appears that the price has gone up all the way to $14.95. At this price, it’s still a reasonable thing to buy. It might not be of quite the same quality as a more expensive, authentic leather case – but it is certainly comparable, and for a lot less money. Even at a price that’s $10 more than what I paid, it’s still worthy of your consideration, and comes with a hardy recommendation from me.

The Poetic HardBack Protective Case for the ASUS Nexus 7 is currently being sold at Amazon for $14.95.