Honor 7

The latest from Huawei's Honor brand boasts phenomenal value — but with a few familiar caveats ...

The quick take

Through a mix of solid hardware — in terms of performance as well as build quality — the Honor 7 finds its way into the fast-growing category of really-good-and-extremely-affordable Android phones. At a functional level, it does just about everything really well, and it packages that functionality in the kind of impressive metal chassis we've come to expect from Huawei. But just as Huawei is a strength for Honor, it's also a weakness. For some buyers, particularly Android purists, the company's highly customized EMUI software will be the biggest reason not to buy.

The good

  • Solid build quality and easy one-handed use
  • Fingerprint scanner works well
  • Speedy, lag-free performance
  • Bright, punchy display and impressive speaker
  • Excellent value for money

The bad

  • Huawei's EMUI software is overbearing as ever
  • Many software issues from the P8 left unaddressed
  • Camera hit and miss in low light
Width Height Thickness
5.64 in
143.2mm
2.83 in
71.9mm
0.33 in
8.5mm
  • Display:
    • 5.2-inch Full HD
    • LCD Display
    • 1920x1080 resolution (435ppi)
  • Camera:
    • 20.7MP, ƒ/2.0 lens
    • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Battery:
    • 3100mAh capacity
    • Quick Charging
  • Chips:
    • Octa-core Huawei Kirin 935 processor
    • 4x2.2GHz A53e cores + 4x1.5GHz A53 cores
    • 3GB RAM
    • 16GB internal storage
    • microSD slot (also second SIM slot)

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About this review

We're publishing this review after a week using a European-spec Honor 7 (PLK-L01) in the UK. Most of the time we used our review device on Vodafone UK, in areas with decent LTE and HSPA coverage and a 64GB Samsung microSD card fitted. To test the phone's dual-SIM capabilities, we used it with an EE SIM alongside the Vodafone SIM.

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Familiar, Sturdy, Dependable

Honor 7 Hardware

If you know your Huawei phones, the look and feel of the Honor 7 is pretty easy to sum up. It's basically a cross between the Mate 7 — last year's Huawei "phablet" device — and the company's current high-end offering, the P8. Although Honor is its own distinct brand in the UK, the Huawei design traits are clear to see. There's a largely untouched front face, save for the usual earpiece, camera and sensors, while the back panel serves as a reminder of Huawei's high-end phones, with a curved aluminum surface and eye-catching chamfers.

Veterans of the Honor series will find a device closer to the Honor 6 than the larger (and beefier) 6 Plus. The LCD gets a modest bump up to 5.2 inches with the same 1080p resolution, while modest hardware upgrades from the Honor 6 can be found in other areas.

This is basically the offspring of a Mate 7 and a P8.

The Honor 7 runs Huawei's homegrown 64-bit Kirin 935 CPU, an octa-core chip packing four higher-clocked "A53e" cores at up to 2.2GHz and four lower-power A53 cores at 1.5GHz. If you're keeping score here, that's basically the same as the Kirin 930 powering the Huawei P8, only at higher clock speeds. And it's paired with an ARM Mali-T624 GPU and a roomy 3GB of RAM. Elsewhere, the battery capacity stays at an ample 3,100mAh, while the front and rear cameras earn upgrades to 8 and 20 megapixels respectively. (The front camera's also grown an LED flash for low-light duckfacing.)

There's an even more significant addition around the back. The Honor 7 features a touch-activated fingerprint sensor with a few neat tricks to offer. As well as biometric security — no need to unlock first, by the way, as touching the sensor will activate it even when the phone is off — you can swipe down to open the notification shade, or up to view recent apps. The notification shortcut in particular is ridiculously useful — even on a relatively small phone like the Honor 7, reaching up to the notification shade can be troublesome, and the swipe shortcut replaces this awkward finger-gymnastics with one easy gesture. We really hope everyone working on a fingerprint-scanning phone steals this feature.

Honor 7 swipe

The new fingerprint sensor enables a couple of ridiculously useful software shortcuts.

And like just about everything else in Huawei's EMUI, these extra functions are configurable in the menus. There's also a "smart" button on the left edge, which can be programmed to load up different apps or perform various tasks on a single, double or long press. All genuinely useful stuff, though it's easy to accidentally press the "smart" button along with the power button when picking the phone up.

The Honor 7's display matches that of the P8 on paper, and we found it to be equally bright and vibrant as well. (And, anecdotally, perhaps a bit easier to see in direct sunlight.) There doesn't seem to be anything too crazy going on with contrast enhancement, though Huawei has implemented a brightness-limiting feature that adjusts the backlight brightness depending on the brightness of the image being shown.

Despite the presence of two grills, there's just a single loudspeaker to be found, located to the left of the microUSB port. Smartphone speakers are still really hit-and-miss, but the Honor 7's impressed us, and like the P8 it offers surprising volume, bass and clarity from a relatively small cutout.

In the hand, the Honor 7 feels sturdy yet classy. The top and bottom sections are plastic to allow those all-important radio waves in and out, but the main contact points are along the metal sides and back, so this isn't especially noticeable. The same goes for the slim plastic border between screen and body — which should protect the phone from knocks and scrapes as well.

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Like most Huawei phones these days, the Honor 7 nails the fundamentals.

Conventional wisdom suggests that a 5.2-inch screen is about the limit for comfortable one-handed use, and this holds true for the Honor 7. There's no in-hand slippage due to the metal body, and the combination of this screen size and the angular metal design makes the Honor 7 easy to one-hand. While it's not spectacularly thin or light, it feels solid and dependable — arguably more so than a lot of more expensive phones.

Honor 7

Dual-SIM connectivity is the other big trick up the Honor 7's sleeve. The SIM tray has two slots — a primary nanoSIM slot, and a secondary slot that can hold either a second nanoSIM or a microSD card. In a country like the UK, where users aren't generally hopping between two coverage areas, dual-SIM support isn't especially useful. But it is an added bonus for frequent travelers, and doubling it up with the microSD slot means it's not wasted if you're just using one network.

As for internal storage, you're limited to 16 gigabytes, which is the bare minimum of what we'd consider acceptable from any smartphone in 2015. You'll have 10GB and change left over for your own stuff, though the SD slot may alleviate some of your storage woes.

Other hardware notables? There's a top-mounted IR blaster that works with the built-in "Smart Controller" app, allowing you to control just about anything with an IR receiver. And quick charging support is included, though we're told the bundled charger won't be quick-charge compatible. While we couldn't confirm that the phone was definitely charging at higher voltages on our Motorola Turbo Charger, it seemed to reach peak capacity pretty quickly.

Honor 7 apps

Familiar caveats

Honor 7 Software

The Honor 7 runs Huawei's EMUI 3.1 software atop Android 5.0. And if you've read our P8 review you'll know what to expect here — a heavily-skinned version of Android with a highly-customized look, a few pet hates, and system that feels at odds with Google's vision of the OS.

Though most of the things that were straight-up broken about the P8's initial firmware have been fixed, many visual and functional annoyances remain.

EMUI continues to be afflicted by visual and functional annoyances.

Aesthetically, there's a lot to like. The UI is built around circles, lines and rounded icons, with accent colors from your chosen wallpaper being included in Huawei's built-in apps. Everything, including app icons, is heavily themeable, and the library of themes has been expanded upon since the days of the P8, including some that now actually look pretty good.

The entire theming system still feels overbearing, though, and because not all the themes are up to date with the latest app icons, the experience is somewhat disjointed too. It's one of many areas of the software where we wish Huawei would have just left things alone.

Honor 7 apps

Others include the notification system, which duplicates notifications from some apps, including Gmail, and only shows notifications on the lock screen if you're using a certain lock screen style. If you're used to the relatively light touch of Samsung, HTC or LG, these changes may well be maddening. If not, then they are what they are: Different, and not necessarily for the better. In particular, Huawei's approach to "protected apps" — apps with permission to run when the screen is off — and constant notification area nags about apps using power in the background, add unnecessary mental overhead.

When it comes to overall performance and the visual cohesiveness of Huawei's own apps, there's not much to complain about. While it might not gel with Google's vision of the OS, it's clean, sharp and undeniably iOS-influenced.

You also can't fault EMUI's expansive feature set, which is surprisingly light on cruft and surprisingly heavy on genuinely useful stuff, like programmable shortcut buttons, voice-activated wake-up functionality and a wide array of camera features. But we'd still like to see a comprehensive overhaul of Huawei's software for EMUI 4.0, and hopefully see this highly customized layout replaced with something closer to vanilla Android.

We've got a more in-depth look at EMUI 3.1 in our P8 review, so check that out for more of the good, the bad and the confusing from Huawei's take on Android.

Honor 7 camera

Competent, if not spectacular

Honor 7 Camera

As smartphone hardware becomes more commoditized, imaging is one of the few areas left where traditional flagship phones have an edge. Even so, we're starting to see some impressive photographic capabilities from less expensive handsets, including Huawei's own Honor 6 Plus with its wacky dual-camera setup.

The Honor 7 opts for a traditional front and rear camera arrangement, however. There's a 20-megapixel shooter around the back, behind an f/2.0 lens with dual-tone LED flash, while the front-facer gets bumped up to 8 megapixels and is joined by a single LED of its own.

This is no Galaxy S6-beater, but it is capable across the board, and occasionally very impressive.

When you're selling a phone around the £250 price point, however, there are some trade-offs to be made. The biggest of these is the lack of optical image stabilization, which is the main reason the Honor 7 can't match the clarity of phones twice its price in low-light conditions. (And that's not unexpected, honestly.)

There is a "super night" shooting mode that combines a series of longer exposures, though this is largely useless without a tripod. We've also noticed an unfortunate tendency for the Honor 7 to miss focus in darker conditions, resulting in shots that are both blurry and grainy.

As for pics in good to moderately-lit conditions, the Honor 7 is a reliable performer across the board. Auto HDR mode dutifully kicks in to prevent washed-out skies and underexposed landscapes, keeping everything evenly lit. Overall, we have no real complaints when it comes to image quality — plenty of detail is captured thanks to the high-resolution sensor, and colors are generally accurate, if somewhat desaturated compared to the likes of the GS6 and G4.

Honor 7 camera options

Huawei's camera app also presents a bunch of useful features, including a dedicated light painting mode like the P8's, where longer exposures are used to create artistic light trail effects. You'll want to use a tripod with this feature though, as the lack of OIS makes it almost impossible to get steady, longer exposures with the phone in-hand.

As for the front camera, it's comparable with what you'd get from the current Android flagships, complete with beautification modes to either enhance your features, or make you look like a terrifying live waxwork version of yourself. There's also a front-facing LED for when the lights are low and fun things are happening, which, given the proximity to your face, takes a little getting used to.

So that's the Honor 7 camera experience — competent, capable, but not quite a match for the current flagships, or, we'd argue, the Honor 6 Plus's insane low-light capabilities. Everything about this phone needs to be considered in the context of its price, though, and with that in mind you're getting a pretty solid imaging setup for your money.

All that juice

Honor 7 Battery Life

By the numbers alone, a 3,100mAh battery should be able to provide more than enough juice for a phone like the Honor 7. The manufacturer claims heavy users will comfortable get more than a day (1.2 days, in fact) out of the phone's fixed battery, with lighter use getting you up to two days per charge.

One day with ease, or two at a squeeze.

And our experiences with the phone track pretty closely to that. Throughout more than a week of testing the Honor 7 never died on us before the day's end, even with extensive use on LTE, and with two SIMs inserted. On lighter days, which were mostly limited to Wifi usage indoors, we easily reached the evening with 50 percent or more remaining. In terms of screen-on time, we're looking at anywhere between 3.5 to 5 hours, depending on usage.

Honor 7

A word of warning on some of the battery charts displayed here: The firmware version we're using doesn't seem to display awake time and mobile network reception properly, so take both with a pinch of salt.

For all practical purposes, though, you'll simply won't need to worry about battery life if you're used to a regular nightly charging pattern. That's still not true of all high-end phones, so Huawei deserves credit where it's due.

As for charging, the Honor 7 supports quick charging — a welcome addition given the battery size — although Qualcomm's standard isn't specifically mentioned by the manufacturer. That said, Quick Charge 2.0 doesn't necessarily require a Qualcomm CPU, and as previously mentioned we've found the phone charges fast enough using a Motorola Turbo Charger.

Honor 7

A worthy contender?

Honor 7: The Bottom Line

The Honor 7's impressive array of hardware and highly competitive price point makes it worthy of your attention, and perhaps your money too. As usual, Huawei gets the hardware side of the equation right — the Honor 7 is a well-built, premium handset and a quick performer, camera capabilities that stand out in the mid-range space. EMUI, despite its flaws, adds genuinely useful capabilities, and has a coherent look throughout, even when themed.

The brand is different, but the hardware and software remains the same.

But we think it's time for an overhaul of Huawei's software experience. From the confusing notification and background app management system to the overbearing way in which EMUI takes over icons and status bar colors, there's plenty here to irritate Android purists. If that's you, that could be a reason not to buy.

Ultimately, as much as Honor is a distinct brand in its own right, its handsets' triumphs and foibles run in parallel with the parent company's. You're still getting a Huawei phone through-and-through, with all the benefits and annoyances that brings.

Should you buy the Honor 7? Maybe

We keep saying this over and over, and we'll have to do so again here: Huawei makes great hardware — really great hardware. But software continues to be a glaring weak point. For that reason we can't recommend the Honor 7 unreservedly, but it is worthy of your consideration if you're shopping around for a capable new mid-range handset. But the Honor 7 has tons of competition from countless rivals, and you'd be wise to take a look at the hardware-software balance from the likes of Alcatel, Motorola and ASUS before parting with your cash.

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  1. #151  

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    Quote Originally Posted by lunia820 View Post
    Be careful when ordering these cases from China. Many vendors on Ebay have the wrong/outdated photos representing their product. I have ordered these cases from two different vendors and in both instances, the flap did not cover the camera and the whole case was reversed in design.
  2. #152  

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    I like the looks of the Capdase Folio Dot, but it's hard to tell how practical it is. I don't like that the tablet is upside down in typing mode. But it's good for charging in that mode I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StuartV View Post
    Ha ha! Yeah, I don't think it's a dealbreaker. But, I'm actually still contemplating how much I might still use my Exact case that I got when I first got the Note. It gives way more protection. And will prop the Note up at 2 different angles - reliably. :-) We'll see. In reality, I'll probably just leave it in the Samsung cover. After an evening and a morning more with it, I *really* like how thin it is and how the whole tablet feels in my hand with it on. And I like that the cover hinges on the top, when in Portrait mode, instead of the bottom like the Exact case (and all the other cases I've seen).

    I have now confirmed that it does fit in my charging dock with the Samsung cover on. Sweet!





    I'll post a separate thread about the dock, with more pics.
    I'm still totally digging my Samsung Notebook Cover, which I got here for $33, with shipping.

    ShopBLT.com: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1in Book Cover Gray

    I really like that I can charge it with the cover on, open or closed.

    And, though it doesn't stand reliably on my glass desktop, it has done just fine on several different airplane tray tables now, for watching an inflight movie.

    I also like that I can plug my headphones in with the cover closed and then open and close the cover without removing the headphone plug. It just slips through the cutout that's provided for that purpose.

    Also, it has some kind of magnets build into the cover that hold it closed, they hold it open, and, I learned, there are magnets in the middle of the back so you can fold the cover around and position the flap in the middle of the back to prop the tablet up at a a low angle, versus being almost vertical. In other words, you can use the cover to prop it up in just off vertical or just above horizontal - just like most other covers. Except this one does it purely with magnets, so it does not have the bulk of those other covers that use flaps and/or notches.

    I LOVE how thin and light my tablet is with this cover on.
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    Stuart, How do you like the typing position/angle with your Notebook Cover? How secure is it when typing? Does it bounce at all? I'm looking for a case that is comfortable and at a low enough angle for typing. . All of those leather type cases with the hook fastener don't look like they are angled low enough for typing. Thanks
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    Stuart, it looks like you've found the perfect cover for you. Please let us know if you still love it after a few months of breaking it in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wgraz View Post
    Stuart, How do you like the typing position/angle with your Notebook Cover? How secure is it when typing? Does it bounce at all? I'm looking for a case that is comfortable and at a low enough angle for typing. . All of those leather type cases with the hook fastener don't look like they are angled low enough for typing. Thanks
    You'll like this style cover. It has a magnetic latch flap and sits flat or just slightly angled.



    These are really slim and light too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wgraz View Post
    Stuart, How do you like the typing position/angle with your Notebook Cover? How secure is it when typing? Does it bounce at all? I'm looking for a case that is comfortable and at a low enough angle for typing. . All of those leather type cases with the hook fastener don't look like they are angled low enough for typing. Thanks
    Well, I'm sitting here at Taco Bell enjoying some of the greatest food invention of the 21st Century (the Dorito Taco) and typing my response to you on my Note. I think the typing angle is just fine, and it's not bouncing at all. Seems very solid. I've had the case for a couple of months now, but I don't usually type this way. Usually, when I'm typing, I'm holding my Note and thumb-typing.

    Hope that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplifly View Post
    You'll like this style cover. It has a magnetic latch flap and sits flat or just slightly angled.

    New Original Factory Samsung Galaxy Note 10 1 Tab Case Cover N8000 Tablet | eBay

    These are really slim and light too.
    I chose not to get that cover for 2 reasons. One, I don't like that flap. It seems like it would add bulk and/or be in the way when I'm holding the tablet with the cover folded around to the back. Certainly, more so than the other Samsung cover (the one I have). And two, I REALLY prefer having the hinge on the top instead of the bottom. The hinge on the top is way nicer when the tablet is in any kind of holder.
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    What is the best rotating cover that can be set in portrait and landscape, plus set on a variety of angles for viewing? Also, do any of the rotating covers have a pen holder?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoreRWH View Post
    Anyone have experience or thoughts about this case?
    COFFEE BROWN ANYMODE ROTATING LEATHER CASE FOR SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1 N8000 | eBay

    Does anyone wish they had 360 rotation with their case? I get my GNote next week! Stoked!
    Yes! Preferably with keyboard too. That case looks to be quality made in the pictures and very thin, but I don't see any angle set stops on that thin inside cover to hold it in place at different angles. May not be needed (?).

    CoreRWH - After I read futher I see you ordered one. Please let us know how well it holds its' angle settings when you get it. Thx.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplifly View Post
    Yes! Preferably with keyboard too. That case looks to be quality made in the pictures and very thin, but I don't see any angle set stops on that thin inside cover to hold it in place at different angles. May not be needed (?).

    CoreRWH - After I read futher I see you ordered one. Please let us know how well it holds its' angle settings when you get it. Thx.
    Simplifly, it doesn't have any grooved angle set stops in the thin inside cover but there are velcro grips that help keep it in place. At least that is what I've read and seen in the pictures. I should be getting it the first part of Jan and will give a first impression review.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smooches680 View Post
    This is the purple leather case I ordered off Amazon. The poetic case. You can use it in the vertical or horizontal position and also has a stylus pen holder, also 3 year warranty.

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    Smooches -

    Now that you've had this case for about 3 months, how do you like it? Any issues or concerns?

    I'm looking at the red racing stripe and black Poetic Durabook model for the SGN 10.1. Very reasonably priced on eBay. They appear to have a pen stylus loop on one side, plus landscape, portrait and encased tablet only mode. Looks very versatile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplifly View Post
    You'll like this style cover. It has a magnetic latch flap and sits flat or just slightly angled.

    New Original Factory Samsung Galaxy Note 10 1 Tab Case Cover N8000 Tablet | eBay

    These are really slim and light too.
    Yes. I would like that one, but where do I buy it? I really don't want to buy from Ebay anymore. I have received the wrong case TWICE from two different overseas vendors, where the flap does not cover the camera and the cases isreversed in design. Their product photos do not represent the cases correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wgraz View Post
    Yes. I would like that one, but where do I buy it? I really don't want to buy from Ebay anymore. I have received the wrong case TWICE from two different overseas vendors, where the flap does not cover the camera and the cases isreversed in design. Their product photos do not represent the cases correctly.
    Hmmm... Never had that problem on eBay myself, but have received the complete wrong product and/or wrong version/model on Amazon several times. So much so that I avoid Amazon as much as I can (not really an issue because they are not usually price competetive anyway). Sorry to hear you've had some negative experiences as well.

    It is available on eBay from the vendor I listed and others. Don't know of any non-eBay sources currently. Sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplifly View Post
    The OEM Samsung cover from China arrived after only 12 days from purchase. It is basically just what i thought it would be, a nice compact cover with flap that turns out to be magnetic. Here's a few pictures:

    http://i48.tinypic.com/2nrfs6q.jpg http://i49.tinypic.com/x22otl.jpg
    http://i48.tinypic.com/10qx6bp.jpg http://i45.tinypic.com/261cge8.jpg

    The tablet can be installed with the hinge at the top or bottom, but there is only a cutout for the stylus when you install it with the hinge at the bottom. It is very compact and thin. The one negative is that it doesn't really prop up the tablet at much of an angle when folded open. You can put the flap straight down with the edge on the surface it's on and get about 2.5" of height at the top. All and all it's a very nice cover for my needs of protecting the tablet and screen while stored in my zippered At-A-Glance planner.
    Simplifly, Did you sell your case already after only one week? The below link is your ad. I can tell by the personal photo. Did it work OK for you? What was wrong with it?

    New OEM Original Factory Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tab Case Cover N8000 Tablet
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    Quote Originally Posted by wgraz View Post
    Simplifly, Did you sell your case already after only one week? The below link is your ad. I can tell by the personal photo. Did it work OK for you? What was wrong with it?
    Actually I sold my OEM Samsung case without ever using it, because even before it arrived I knew I would not be happy without a keyboard for home use from playing with my new SGN 10.1. That OEM Samsung was GREAT for what it is, a very slim and light weight protective case; exactly what you'd expect from Samsung. What I personally didn't like was the lack of viewing positions, so I just flipped it new. I ordered a Samsung Hong Kong OEM Keyboard Dock, but it turned out they were out of stock, so I got a refund on that unsuccessful transaction. Then I began my never ending search for a BT Keyboard Case or rotating portrait/landscape case...

    I just returned from Best-waste of time-Buy in hopes of handling a Kensington BT Keyboard Case just to get a feel for the keyboard and quality of the product. I know BB doesn't have the Android Keyfolio Expert which is what I'm thinking about getting next, but they do carry the other iPad products on their website and the universal cases. They didn't have a single Kensington product in the store!

    I see the Android Keyfolio Expert is sold out almost everywhere at the low price point. My frustration level is growing and growing to the point I think I'm going to P-O-P! I mean, &*%#$! Why can't Samsung get their act together and get some OEM Keyboard Docks out there? That is what I will eventual get and I'm losing faith. The Expert gives me naked to naked swapping from the dock to the mobile keyboard case, so that is a big plus. On the otherhand, the Poetic Dura Book Leather Case is really nice with its' mutliple positioning, pullout covered tablet only option and slide-in casing that doesn't have corners to deal with. I'm torn between the Kensington Folio Expert Keyboard Case and the Poetic Dura Book Leather Case to compliment the OEM Samsung Keyboard Dock if it ever gets to the USA or Hong Kong. Sigh...

    Now I'm waiting for the funds from the ebay auction sale to make my next purchase, because ebay has implemented a new "hold" policy on funds for sales on some items and new users until the product is delivered. So more frustration! Double sigh...

    What should be a simple purchase is wearing me out.

    On a side note, I did get to play with the Targus Versavu Rotating BT Keyboard Case for iPad. That is very nice, but nothing for SGN 10.1 coming from them after talking with Targus the other day. Triple sigh...

    All I can do is laugh at this point. Trying to get into the Xmas spirit to cheer myself up, but not having any luck.
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    Hiya's, first post here, but wanted to chime in on the OEM book case. I was ready to return it today but thanks to this forum I found the magnets and now I'm sold (you'd think a simple diagram indicating their existence wouldn't be out of the question). Typing angle is very solid and you just cannot get a lower profile case with better feel. I'm coming from iPad and the whirlwind of cases over there, and this one beats every one I ever had. Thanks for the info guys!
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    Ordered and received the POETIC DURABOOK case cover. Very happy with it. I briefly commented on its' similarity to the iBLASON case cover in this thread:

    Case recommendations

    It's a keeper! Now where are the USA Samsung Keyboard Docks you teased us with SAMSUNG???????????????
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    I got the book cover a week Jr so ago and like it, but what I don't like is that when the cover is folded back the camera is pretty useless. I am also worried that with time the cover portion where it hinges will weakin and crack. Other than that I love it.

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    I found another Case for the GN10.1.




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