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Case Review: Blurex Slim Folio Tablet Case - magnet sleep/wake
Hey there, folks.
A few of you may be familiar with some of my holster/case reviews over on the VZW Galaxy Nexus forum. I have been asked to pony up some pictures of my new Blurex ultra-slim folio case for my Nexus 7 tablet. Well, here they are...
This is the front of the case, closed (obviously!), with the Nexus 7 in place. The case lid cover is very firmly closed using a tension style tab on the right side of the case. It does take a comforting degree of effort to open up the case lid.
As you can also see from this front angle, the case makes clear accommodations for the bottom USB and headphone audio jack. There is also a pen/stylus holder that is stitched onto the right side of the case, just under the locking tab.
This angle is from the back of the case. From here, you can see a much more visual picture of the cutouts from the bottom of the case. You may also notice that there are also a line of circular knockouts that accommodates the bottom-back speakers of the unit.
This angle above is from the back of the case, however, I wanted to show it from the top of the case. Near the corner cutout of the case, Blurex made sure that it did not obstruct the microphone hole. You can clearly see the cutout on the right side of the Nexus 7 where it makes for full access of the power and volume rocker buttons.
Alrighty, above here is a picture of the Blurex case, opened, revealing its microfiber lined interior. It is soft and is not abrasive at all. Under the front lid of the case, Blurex has installed an elastic strip near the edge of the lid, along with an additional strip of microfiber. The strip of microfiber is stitched to the inside of the lid with a piece of black elastic on either side. I have not figured out what it's function is yet, but their existence there does not interfere with the function of the case in any way when opened or closed. On the same side where the extra microfiber attachment is, there is a magnet. It is possible (although, I have not conducted any tests to confirm this) that this attachment is a microfiber enclosed thin piece of magnetic material.
You will also notice that the tablet slides into and is held firmly in place by 6 different grab points. When installed properly, the tablet is VERY securely in place. The beauty (and my favorite part of these Blurex cases) is that the tablet is secured into the case without any obstruction to the front bezel of the tablet.
Here is a closer look at the grab attachments. On the inside of each grab point is a lining of microfiber.
Above in this picture, you see the tablet in one of the case's upright positions. There is about three different pitches that you can set the tablet (in its landscape mode, of course). On the inside of the front case lid, there are channels that have been made to allow the tablet to rest seated so that it will sit in the desired angles without fear that it will slip.
Here is a different angle, from the side, that shows how the landscape resting works. No big innovation here as several folio cases uses the same method. Nonetheless, the method works well.
The picture here shows my Nexus 7 tablet w/Blurex case sitting nicely next to my Kindle Fire with its own respective Blurex case. Both are made very similarly in quality and as you can see from my Kindle, the case is still holding up well. To me, that is impressive as my 3 sons have taken the Fire and its Blurex case to its paces. There are no busted stitches, the microfiber lining is still perfectly intact (but tinted more to that nice "used" color tone...lol). The Nexus 7 version of the case feels just a tad bit thinner than the Fire...but solid!
Case open, the two rivalries side by side. On the Kindle Fire version of the case, there is just a bit more "meat" on the grab contacts than that of the Nexus 7 version. Nothing to worry about here as it feel very robust still. You notice there is no elastic or extra attachments on the Kindle version...nor a loop for a stylus. Nice additions for the Nexus model.
You can see that with one unit on top of the other, there is very little difference in thickness between the two. The Kindle Fire is a thicker slab than the Nexus 7, but to the naked eye (especially in their respective cases)...it's hard to tell.
So there you have it. I hope that these images help for those who requested them. If you require images from a different angle or a part of the case that is not rendered well in the pictures above, PM or email me and I'll try to get one for you.
My opinion here...I love Blurex cases, particularly this style that doesn't cover up the bezel. My first time seeing one was for the Blackberry Playbook. I liked it so much I hounded Alex at Blurex until he gave me a date of when he was going to release one for the Fire. I have had nothing but awesome experiences with it so far and I don't see any reason why the Nexus 7 version of the case won't give me equally pleasant times.
The case uses a synthetic leatherette on the outside of the case that feels great. Hard to tell it's not a grain leather, aside from the total lack of smell. Despite what some reviewers have stated, there is no scent or stink from these cases. They look and feel very classy and tasteful.
I got mine from Amazon.
Blurex Ultra Slim Folio from Amazon
There are some criticisms about the way Blurex prices these things. Just like it was for my Kindle Fire case, when it became first available on Amazon, Blurex priced them at $4.99. Awesome price! A few days after it's release, the price jumps to $10. A week or so later now, it's starting to settle at $12-$14. I don't think it will move much from this price range as full production of the case has materialized. I think they kind of give a discount to early adopters, but the window is very small. I personally feel that at $15-$20, the price for the case is worth it. At $10 or less, it's a steal for the functionality and quality. It's in line with the average price of most cases in it's class. And since it's fulfilled by Amazon now, you can get free shipping...especially, if you're an Amazon Prime member.
If you have further questions that you need answered, you should consider going to Blurex: Tablet accessories Wireless Repeaters, iPad cases and emailing ALEX. He has been nothing but helpful at answering my questions and maintaining a solid line of communication.
And no...I do NOT work for Blurex.