I bought this tablet. Today I went to Best buy to find a case for it, and I found this case that is also sold on Amazon[amazon.com] for about $23 and made by Marware. It fits the tablet like a spandex glove, I feel like it is really built for that. There is no review for now but I can tell the good quality when I hold it. The features are correct as in the link, 2-position stand capability, one hand strap, etc.. Go ahead and buy this case if you do not mind the price (as much as the tablet itself AR). You will thank me and yourself later for buying it.
I have one from Pandigital that works just fine for this.
I discovered that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0 7" is almost the same exact shape. I went with this one and it's a nice snug fit (but not tight)[ebay.com]. The only issues:
-speakers are blocked (I carefully cut out a window but it's hard to finish the cut edge since it opens up to cardboard ply)
-the usb port was blocked, but relatively trivial to cut out some of the strap
-power/volume buttons covered, but they're still usable, I wouldn't recommend cutting here
-a little bit of the portrait-top edge might be covered by material. It's possible to cut away here too, but it's easy to make a sloppy cut.
-the capacitive button area is covered up, but I found that to be a benefit anyway since ICS already has those buttons in the notification bar, and the capac. button area didn't let me hold the tab easily there
-camera is blocked, again, easy enough to punch a hole, but I'd rather keep it covered myself.
It's also not very accurate to say any 7" 16:9 case would work, some 7" tabs w/o capactive buttons can be 0.5-1 inch shorter, others have less thickness. If you're just going for a pouch/sleeve or an elastic/clip folio case you've got a lot of options, but short of TPU cases, the folio case I linked is probably the best balance for fit, protection, function, price, with emphasis on protection.
That said, the one I linked from eforcity, while apparently also sold by other sellers, may be better than other samsung galaxy tab 2 cases, just from placement of the side material that minimizes the need for cutting. So if you're looking at other folio cases in this style, try to look at the other photos and guess at what buttons/ports might be covered up, and if you can cut and still hold the Mach Speed in the case.
Does this mean that any Kindle Fire case would work ok?
I took a look at Kindle Fire, HD, Nexus 7, and whatever other readers and cases were at Staples. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 was the closest in size *and* shape/rounded corners, the others were too small or probably too big in one or more dimensions.
Pocket sleeves/zipper cases are more forgiving, but if you want always-on, look to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 cases.
I forgot about those style of cases, did you have to bend any of the clips? I looked at some of the pocket folio cases for the Fire and found it to bulge b/c it was too small.
Aside from price, if it does fit securely, the one you posted is good for keeping the camera and bezels open, and the speakers and ports are pretty open too. Too much of the tablet is exposed for my taste, and I'm wary of the retaining clips, but it's another option.
Last edited by mangodrink; 03-24-2013 at 03:54 PM..
Yeah the clips are bendable, and if you may go to Best buy get the one that fits best. Then order the one from AMZ, return it to Best Buy within 15 days. I think they will not notice that.
I will not comment on the clips, it may break or it may go out of place, but for my taste this case is a fine choice.
That's my plan.
Oh geez. Just used Novo7 to try to flash, and I got a dead Android character with a red exclamation mark over him. On reboot it displays the blue android character square and then the screen blanks out. Any ideas?
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