A few weeks back, I picked up a 2013 Nexus 7 Tablet from Verizon in an amazing $50 on-contract deal. One issue became clear, I needed a case for it. Case selection isn’t as good for the Nexus as they are for iPads or Samsung tablets, but I was able to get a pair of solid entries from Seidio: the Ledger and the DILEX. Let’s take a look at them, shall we?
Seidio’s Ledger is a solid, yet spartan, folio-style case for the Nexus 7. If you’re looking for special features, there really aren’t any. It’s got a plastic back, a 3-fold Polyurethane flip cover, a microfiber pad, and that’s about it. It comes in grey or red. I went with the latter. Over the last couple of weeks, it’s protected my Nexus 7 very well. The cover kept the screen safe while barely letting me know the case was even there. There is no issue accessing the ports or MicroUSB ports at all. The same goes for the camera on the back. Closing the cover will immediately dim the screen with the screen, coming back on as soon as you open it. However, there is no magnetic latch on the Ledger. My advice would be to invest in a elastic book band to keep it closed when not using it. The 3-fold cover doubles as stand at both high and shallow angles. It might be a little tricky finding the right angle to rest it upon the back though. Off by more than a little bit and the cover is all too keen to unfurl flat. Seidio could have been better off to include a kickstand on back.
In the end, the Ledger is your basic 3-fold folio case. It sells for $39.99 which would be about par for similar cases. It’s not a world beating case by any means, but the Ledger is solid enough to be your everyday case.
- Fits Nexus 7 well and securely
- Doesn’t interfere with ports, controls, or camera
- Will protect your Nexus 7 from dings and scratches
- No magnetic or non-magnetic latch
- Using cover as a stand is pretty fickle
The DILEX is a two-part case. It features a soft inner case and a rigid outer case. For the inner case, Seidio uses a soft polymer instead of the typical TPU. It seems like a slightly more durable material than TPU while having very similar characteristics. However, most users won’t know the difference between the materials. The outer shell is a thin lightweight plastic. Most of the case is actually the inner liner with the outer case providing rigidity and protection. There is also an optional third piece, a multi-purpose cover that protects the front of the Nexus. The interior of the cover also includes a standard with 10 different angles.
The DILEX is easy to get on, but takes a bit of shifting to align the soft and hard portions exactly. Still, it’s on in only a couple minutes. The soft polymer sides have indentations that provide for easy grip. However, the thicker part towards the top makes it a bit more difficult to find the controls at times. The MicroUSB and headphone jacks are easy to find and cut wide for easy access. The front cover solidly protects the screen and will also hook on to the back when you’re using the tablet. As a stand, it works very well. It hold up the Nexus securely and using the case as a base gives it a lot of stability.
The DILEX sells for $34.95 as just the case, and $44.95 with the cover. The extra $10 is worth it. Overall, this is a solid case that should protect your Nexus 7 well. It’s not flashy, but it’s not obtrusive either. Once you have it on your Nexus 7 for a while, you’ll forget its even there. The cover/stand adds a lot of value.
- Solid case
- Above average material quality
- Front cover/stand works well
- Controls can be hard to find by hand