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Re: Nexus 10 Case
"Moko Ultra Slim Lightweight Smart-Shell Stand Case for Google Nexus 10" I have now used the Moko case for several days and this is my comprehensive review:
* Base/back- It is a molded hard plastic cradle-type back case. The back snaps around the body of the N10 perfectly and like a glove. It easily snaps in and takes quite some effort to remove it. It will never come off by accident. The inside of it is covered in microfiber cloth. The outside has a lightly textured vinyl which makes it easier to hold and gives it a bit of grip (and style). It has a nicely designed opening on the back for the camera, flash, and mic. The sides do not wrap completely around the areas with ports, allowing access to the power, volume, headphone, USB, HDMI, and POGO connector. The molding is perfect, has no gaps, no burrs, and no sharp or uncomfortable edges.
* Cover/flap- It has a very thin, segmented, vinyl front cover flap that folds back for use and to act as a support. The back (inside) of the flap is covered in a type of soft microfiber cloth. The front (outside) of the flap is covered in the same lightly textured vinyl as the outside of the base case. When the flap is closed over the front, the POGO connector is not accessible.
* Closure- The flap is held closed by use of two tiny but strong magnets on the top/center edge of the case (spaced about 1" apart) which makes contact with a metal clasp on the flap. The clasp is shiny silver with a handsome "Moko" logo visible on the outside (there is no other logo or printing anywhere on the case back or flap). Some people have concerns the metal closure might somehow scratch the screen. Although it seems possible, I think it is highly unlikely.
* Auto sleep- There is a magnet embedded in the flap on the opposite side of the closure clasp that will tell the tablet when the cover flap is opened or closed. It seems to work about 99% of the time, but I did find at least once where the tablet did not sleep when I closed the flap... and in that case, I was in a game that disabled the screen saver, so the tablet never went to sleep. Yet it worked fine all other times with that same game.
* Protection- The case will over very good scratch and bump protection across the entire back. It will also offer excellent side projection on three sides and all four corners, with only moderate protection across the "hinge" side, where the front cover flap is connected. Also offers protection across the screen from scratching/prints/etc but not impact. A case of this type will offer some protection from drops on hard surfaces, but because it is thin, don't expect all that much. The relatively hard plastic will have very little energy absorbing properties.
* Stand- There are essentially two stand modes, both landscape-only. The primary stand (highly upright) is created by folding the flaps cover's three segments into a triangle under the base. It is held in that configuration by friction and the weight of the tablet pushing on it. It is surprisingly strong, stable, and useful in this configuration. The secondary stand "mode" is a triangle with the tablet lying mostly down for a light angle. This configuration is less robust and more space-consuming, since most of the triangle is outside the footprint of the tablet when in use. However, it is still a useful configuration, although the tablet is "upside down" and a few stupid apps prevent 180 degree screen rotation in that mode (no fault of the case, of course). Don't expect to use either stand mode while it is in your lap.
* Non-stand- Normal, non-stand use will have you flipping the cover 180 degrees flat against the back of the unit. There is nothing to keep it in that configuration and the flap will slide around a bit during use, which might take some getting used to. You also have to be wary of what you set the tablet onto when used this way, since the inside of the flap (microfiber) is now facing the elements and will pick up dirt, debris, cat hair, liquid or anything else and subsequently present that to the screen when you later close the flap (it will do this some in the stand-mode also). I will note something interesting- the microfiber's "grabbiness" is an advantage when using the tablet with it resting in your pants leg. It prevents the tablet from moving and sliding around MUCH better than without the case (which is surprising, considering the back of the N10 is rubbery). This turns out to be one of the best hidden features of the Moko.
* Issues- The unit does have a strange and objectionable smell, which dissipates over time (but slowly). I assume it is the glue, and it smells a lot like urine. The front cover is only held in place (closed) at one area. It generally keeps the flap covering the screen, but isn't difficult to dislodge. The magnet can scrape/scratch the closure clasp. On my unit, within one day, it had scraped through the chrome plating on the underside of the clasp, revealing the copper metal underneath. This is probably mostly cosmetic- we shall see. I am not sure how durable the thin, glued-together-laminated cover will be, especially on the edges and the stress points on the "hinge" area. So far it seems OK, but I can tell it is going to wear some.
* Conclusion- You are probably not going to find a less bulky, thinner, or lighter N10 case than the Moko. Yet it still offers quite a bit of protection and convenience and at an absolutely superb price and looks nice too. I can tell it might wear the cover flap more than some other designs, but at this price, you could buy spares and still not care. It is not a "rugged" case to protect against extreme conditions or hard drops but most people will not want or need that type of case, anyway. It meets my needs perfectly and I am very happy with the product. The seller (BSCstore on Amazon) claims a lifetime warranty and it is available in several colors (I chose all black).