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Last Updated: November 24th, 2012

When I first got my Nexus 7, I ran it naked. Not because I had no other choice, but because I wasn't interested in any of the cases that were available at the time. Then, at the Big Android BBQ, I happened to see the new Active cases from Seidio ($35-45, SeidioOnline). I really liked the Active case for the Galaxy Nexus back when I reviewed it, and Seidio's offering for the Nexus 7 looks equally as protective and comes with a nifty cover/stand. Needless to say, I was intrigued.

After having used the case for the last few weeks, I have to say that I like it. Now, let's talk about why.

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First off, it's pretty. Like the other Seidio cases I've used, this one has a nice matte finish. My review case is red, though you can also get it in blue, black, and white - all of which I'm sure look fantastic (judging from my previous experience with the GN cases).

Just like the others in the Active series, this case has a soft silicone layer on the bottom, covered by Seidio's arachnid hard-shell skeleton. Not going to lie - the outer shell is a bit of a pain to put on the first few times. After that it loosens up a bit and isn't so bad. Of course, if you plan on keeping your device in the case all the time, that's a moot point. I usually remove my N7 from the case when I'm at home, so I thought this worth a mention.

The biggest downfall of this two-layer system is undoubtedly the bottom silicone layer. Why, you ask? Because everything sticks to it. Seriously. I forgot to bring a cloth with me when I went to take pictures of the case, and... well, you can see for yourself. Just look at any of the images where you can see the silicone - there's crap all over it! It's a minor annoyance, no doubt - but an annoyance nonetheless.

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As you can imagine, the Active case does adds a bit of bulk to the N7, but I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. The "lip" on the outside gives a nice spot to grip the tablet while reading and such, and the back has a soft satin-like feel to it that is very easy on the hands. The case does add a bit of weight to the N7, so if its sleek form factor and hyper-portability are things that draw you to the tablet, this case may not be the one for you. Personally, I think it looks great.

Around the bottom of the case you'll find the appropriate openings for the microUSB port, headphone jack, and speaker, all of which are cut out with extreme precision. However, this brings me to another negative aspect of this case: with so many cutouts condensed to one area, the silicone is quite flimsy here. When using the device in portrait mode it isn't that noticeable, but it's very evident as soon as you flip around int o landscape mode. While trying to do normal activities in landscape orientation, my thumb continuously pulled the silicon away from the device where all the ports are - something that simply doesn't happen on the other end of the device. It's only slightly troubling and I don't see it as a deal breaker by any means, but it's a flaw in the case's design. With that said, though, I'm not entirely convinced that it's all that avoidable, given the cluster of things on the bottom of the N7.

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Now that we've taken a look at what the case itself has to offer, let's look at what makes it unique: the multipurpose cover. This is, hands down, my favorite thing about the Active case. Not only does it provide protection for the device's screen, but it doubles as a kickstand. That's just neat. And I love it.

I really appreciate the fact that it's not part of the case, and is purely optional. For example, when I'm walking around the house with my N7, I leave the cover/stand in the bedroom (the N7 is my alarm clock, and the stand makes that easy). When I leave the house and don't feel like taking my backpack, I just slap the cover on it and away I go. I can toss it in the floorboard of my van and don't have to worry about it getting broken. I dig that.

I also like the fact that the cover can be used on either the front of the device (for protection), or on the back (during use) - makes it easy to keep up with while out and about.

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Since the cover also doubles as a stand, it has some grippy silicone along the bottom. From what I can tell it's the same silicone that the softshell case is made from, so it's equally as sticky. In this case, though, I think that's a good thing, as it keeps the base in place while you use the device.

You can buy the Seidio Active case for the Nexus 7 right here.

When it comes to cases (or anything else, really), there's no such thing as perfect. I'm definitely not going to say that Seidio's Active case for the Nexus 7 breaks that mold, but I will say this: if you want solid protection for your N7 that doesn't really get in the way, this is the case to have. It's probably one of the best solutions I've seen that blurs the lines between protection and usefulness, and it does it all while still looking good. If you're not a big fan of the classic "folio" style case - definitely give the Active a shot. Or...

Win one from us

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You knew it was coming (mostly because it says "giveaway" right in the headline), and here's your chance. Seidio has offered up 10 of these badboys for us to give away - your choice of color. You win, you pick.

To enter, just hit the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the only entry requirement (leave a comment). Make sure to answer the question! If you fail to meet that one requirement, then you get nothing - even if you're chosen as a winner. With that out of the way, on to the widget:

This giveaway is for residents in the U.S. and Canada only.

This giveaway is now over. Here are the winners, chosen at random:

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Congratulations - you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

The giveaway begins now and will run until Wednesday, November 21 at 12:01 AM ET. After that, we'll randomly pick the winners.

Good luck!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Sherman J. Buster

    I like the look of the case. I also like how it doubles as a stand, which would be perfect for me for when I use it to read my books while I work on school.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=593387642 George Rudgers

    I like the way this case protects the device without giving up functionality or style. It's exactly what I've been waiting for to protect my bare N7.

  • Pierce Bae

    Oh boy. Hope I win!

  • Ari

    It looks though and reliable also the stand is adjustable. It's also cool to see finally see nice pattern and colors

  • schmaltzy

    I think my favorite part about the case is the multipurpose cover. Not just for the screen protection, but the kickstand would be awesome to have!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gapimentel German Alonso Pimentel Vera

    Sturdy case, just to fit my needs...

  • n7user

    looks like a great way to protect it, since my old screen cracked from a stress fracture

  • Rahul Garg

    its a tank

  • Randy

    The best looking case I've seen. What I like best is that the cover also acts as a stand for viewing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thedannar Thaddeus Dannar

    That things a beast! I guess if I took my tablet hiking it would be great.

  • joedb

    please pretty please i need this man

  • http://www.facebook.com/bynapkinart Ben Young

    This case looks pretty solid...definitely an upgrade from the folio style case I've been using.

  • gspida

    Nice case. I like the stand that comes with it.

  • fundun

    I like the look of the case the most.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deepumukundan Deepu Mukundan

    wow...really cool case....the kickstand makes it unique :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/lekshmi.ravindranath Lekshmi Ravindranath

    strong, functional case. Gimme one :)

  • Kshitij Parajuli

    Looks Sturdy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jlself82 Justin Self

    I like the design and durability. Having already broken a tablet due to it falling out of a pocket, and gunning for a Nexus 7 soon,this would be a great case

  • TylerChappell

    I love the unbeatable build quality and durability of Seidio cases, I have been using one on my Thunderbolt for the past year and a half, and after having such a good experience with it, I made sure that my dad got the extended case for his Galaxy Nexus with the metal kickstand. I don't think twice about recommending Seidio cases to other people because its such a no-brainer if you want a quality case!

  • armshouse

    Looks solid! Like the kickstand, perfect for a movie!

  • Lori

    Looks like a sturdy case. A lot better than whats out in the market at the moment.
    Thanks for the review

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6706714 Ofir Fatal

    I like the kickstand, which is extremely useful, as well as the durability of the case. I'm currently using a poetic case which is decent but now that I am traveling more I certainly see the need for more protection. I wish good luck to everyone in the drawing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Monty/708655348 Sam Monty

    I like the multi-disciplinary features of it.

  • http://www.androiddoes.net/ John E

    I've always liked their line of cases and I would love to have the stand feature!

  • Evan Kwok

    I like the fact that it has a stand feature with the case

  • canined

    I like both the look of the case along with the stand feature!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lonniemm Lonnie Mccalley

    me please

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.galda.5 Jason Galda

    Nice!

  • atg284

    Oh this would be perfect for the wife!!! Pick me please!...cheat code: 1937635490

  • Robert

    I like the kickstand feature the most

  • David Clegg

    Looks perfect for me! Except its not available in the UK :-( If I'm wrong then please let me know!

  • Steve

    SWEET!

  • http://twitter.com/lilpute Stearic

    Thing i think is great about this is that you can pretty much throw it in your bag and not worry about your tablet getting messed up from what ever else is in your bag.

  • Jason

    Awesome case much better than most other very different would really like the blue one... I

  • Alex

    Im liking the rubber grips on the sides. My Nexus 7 is so cold and naked this would warm it up just fine, mmhm

  • tommy noshitsky

    want it ! looks like a stealth armor!

  • Tiffany Sears

    I love the stand aspect. I would only place it on indoor surfaces so I'm not worried about it getting dirty.

  • Ankhwatcher

    Looks Handy, count me in. I think the white one looks great.

  • Brandon

    I like the looks, functionality, protection, and price!

  • http://www.facebook.com/juan.amaya.7121 Juan Amaya

    Well I like it for a couple of reasons 1st is the stand I think it's sou awesome obviously for watching Netflix,YouTube, videos etc and for leaving it as my clock alarm. 2nd the durability it looks like it can take a beaten and when I take my N7 out with me I wanna make sure that it's going to be safe Incas of any falls.3rd is the color I def love that you can make it you're own by the color you pick. I love personalizing my things that's why I love Android! So good luck everyone!

  • http://www.facebook.com/braydon.hord Braydon Anthony Hord

    Looks great! Good to break up the otterbox chain!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/boisvert.stephane Stephane Boisvert

    This would make my Nexus 7 invincible!

  • aaron hubbard

    I have one like this for my s3 its solid

  • Jason M

    Looks like an attractive and sturdy case that doesn't detract from the overall feel of the Nexus 7.

  • http://awseibert.net/ Aaron

    Sinxe the pogo dock still isnt out, and tgats tge only thing that kept me from a case.... What better case than a free one? The stand is the best part

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lance-Miller/100000716178532 Lance Miller

    I like that it appears to really protect the corners.

  • http://www.facebook.com/smbruck Stephen M Bruck

    I like the hard shell/ soft shell combo.

  • Terry Poulin

    Having loved the Seidio case for my Galaxy S3, me thinks this cool!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.adams.7528 Bill Adams

    Case looks like would have good protection

  • Russ

    Really like the versatility, and Seidio makes quality products.

  • melan26

    Love how it looks so sturdy.

  • http://about.me/BenRogersWPG Ben Rogers

    I just recently picked up a Nexus 7 32gb and would love a case so I can truck it around with me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Will902 Will Meitzler

    Looks like a fantastic case!

  • shihman

    I have been looking for an Otterbox to protect the Nexus 7. It turns out they don't have one for it. Closest is a Gumdrop case which adds to much bulk and ships at the end of November. I need it for my kids who are 9 and 10. The Nexus looks pretty sturdy but you'll never know when the kids will drop it. :) I like it cause it is not too bulky but seems to offer solid protection.

  • Thomas

    I have been using Seidio products ever since I picked up the OG Droid a number of years ago... I've been happy with the build quality, design, and durability. I can't tell you how many times they have saved my phones (also purchased cases for my Thunderbolt and my Razr Maxx) from drops on both hard and soft(er) surfaces. The one thing that made me hesitant about my Nexus 7 purchase was the lack of durable cases and the fact that Seidio only ever made one tablet case... Now that they have this it is definitely on my wishlist!

  • Shanesays

    Looks solid and durable, just the right amount of protection

  • Jay

    It's great that you have the option of having a kickstand but don't have to keep the bulk of it with you all the time! I love cases with options!

  • Jay

    I love the style of it and it looks like it could get run over by a truck and be okay!

  • Julius Besser

    I like it durableness and ruggedness. It looks very strong.

  • DaTofuMeister

    Whoaaaaaaa

  • trish

    This is a great cover.

  • Grant Taylor

    Love the cover used as a stand. Especially a kick stand.

  • Disconnect

    I really really really want a new case and this one looks epic!

  • Lucas Nicodemus

    Looks really awesome compared to the Blurex one I've got.

  • Paul Marini

    Looks like a great case! Love the built in stand.

  • Patrick Slaven

    What I like most about this case? Definitely that multipurpose cover. I want that kickstand! Hey, this contest ends on my birthday...

  • flimsy888

    I love the durability!!!

  • Blake Forehand

    I like the fact that it offers the amount of protection you need at any given time. If you need the front covered (in a backpack, etc.) the case handles it. Plus the kickstand is pretty nifty as well.

  • exxodium

    It seems to be almost like an Otterbox, but it just looks much better to my eyes, AND it is cheaper than the Otterbox. The tablet stand is pretty nice, too. It looks like a solid, all-around case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimmyjamm James Jacobs

    I like the fact that it a multipurpose case. That is something that will suit my needs to a T.

  • R.J. LaCount

    Love the grip potential. I'm still disappointed with the comfort of holding my current N7 case. Looks like this is worth a shot!

  • Arixal

    The case looks very durable and sturdy. It looks quite nice as well.

  • http://profiles.google.com/kevin.turabian Kevin Turabian

    Looks like a very nice case, I like my blurex case but this one's quite a bit different. Would like to give it a shot, the idea of a dual case seems quite ingenious!

  • ultrab6

    Could use this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gustavobeckman Gustavo Beckman

    I like the rubber finish. It feels nice at the same time it protects the n7 from a fall, apparently

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=584786200 Nicholas Migneault

    Oh gosh, I have to leave a comment! I'd love one of these for the same reason the reviewer likes his (The kickstand for the Nexus 7 alarm clock!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Allellujah Guillermo Pérez

    I have my Nexus 7 'naked', right now, I thought buying a case, and this one seems to be a nice and protective one!

  • fabian

    lookin great

  • http://twitter.com/DerekVipond Derek Vipond

    Love this case! I gotta get one.

  • gregory

    I totally want to see a pic of your van Cameron...

  • Kevin C

    A pretty sweet looking case. I would assume they will be making something similar for the Nexus 10 now that it's out?

  • Mark Conroy

    I like the fact that it has been thought about, and does not compromise the advantage of the seven inch form factor. It is still capable of being carried in a jacket pocket. It looks bloody good too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Nicholasdandrea Nicholas D’Andrea

    Looks great, I would love one! The doubling as a stand is my favorite feature. This would make watching Netflix on it so much better!

  • Heather Palmeter

    I have this case for my GNex. I love that the finish has some grip to it so I'm not constantly loosing my phone to gravity. All my electronics need the Seidio protectors.

  • http://twitter.com/kryptonite_2448 Josh

    Kickstand looks killer!

  • hollyhock

    I have a Seidio case for my Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket and love it. Had one for my previous cell phone as well. Great stuff!

    • hollyhock

      Would love to have one to protect my Nexus 7! (Sorry, hit submit before I was done.)

  • Alex Hernandez

    I have 3 Seidio cases for my phones, they are VERY awesome LOVE them, best cases on the market! Would love to have one for my Nexus 7.

  • Terry Saunders

    I have always liked the cases that seidio has made for devices. I like how this case will protect the front of the device and the kickstand that it has built into the case.

  • aj34

    this case is durable

  • youareme7

    I think I like that it looks like sturdy protection and the top cover is also a stand.

  • deimos

    I like that it doesn't look to bulky. Doubling as a stand is always a plus. I think my wife is going to appreciate the color too. Talk about a winner.

  • carbonated_turtle

    Looks great. I've been using the original box it came in to transport it, because I'm still in the babying phase, and I won't risk it getting even a tiny scratch. I could really use something like this.

  • Ali AlAli

    I like how you can save the nexus from dropping with this case

  • Rob Morris

    What I like most is that it looks like it can hold up under the abuse that my fiance will most likely dish out. Since I would be giving it to her, that is an important thing :)

  • Dustin

    Love the case for my Thunderbolt, just bought a Nexus 7 and have been looking for a case. Looks like I found it.

  • yojetski

    tough case with good features

  • Mark Roedel

    Having paid for a repair already, I'm a fan of the heavy-duty screen protection.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Taylor-Dean/1174890218 Taylor Dean

    Just got an N7 and need a case! Looks solid!

  • meansjj

    I've had great luck with Seidio products in the past. I also like the kickstand...

  • Jeff

    I really like the case's cover and that it can be uses as a stand.

  • aku

    cool case

  • http://twitter.com/junibert Jun Nozaki

    Even though I was planning on using mine naked, this looks pretty nice because the kickstand is separate. Just a case without a stand will probably not be that useful, so I'm glad that this one seems to work well.

  • Johnny Johnson

    I have a Seido Case on my Galaxy Skyrocket and LOVE IT! My only issue is due to my fidgeting, the kickstand now is a bit loose however I've probably clicked it out 3000 times. I'll probably be picking one of these up for my Nexus 7 in the coming weeks!

  • Carrie Nicole

    Sweet looking case. I really like that it looks durable and sleek at the same time.

  • Danny Lewis

    I like how this case seems to be sturdy. Perfect for hanging out in a cluttered backpack!

  • Charles Leedham

    Looks like some nice protection out of the case!

  • Redman

    The built in stand looks great for times when I just want to sit and watch while I do something else

  • Codemonkey83

    I have a Ballistix case on my Nexus S, A GumDrop on my Galaxy Tab 10.1 and a Seidio on my Galaxy Nexus. Like the Seido above, all the cases I listed reflect the same "function over form" design and quite frankly, that's what I love about them. I can throw my phone against the way and it will bounce back unscathed. Not that I do that, It's just nice to know I could I wanted to. Personally I like the Military Spec look of these cases. Sure, it's not "slim and sexy" like iDevices, but that's the point. This is Andriod, it's just works when you need it too. Looking forward to "armoring-up" my Nexus 7 :D

  • Travis Faulkner

    Its pink!

  • facedown41

    Getting one of these for Christmas, I could definitely use a nice case for it.

  • Diane Roche

    This is awesome!! I need one!

  • Frank Bales

    I've been looking for a decent case for the Nexus 7; this could be it.

  • ewichern

    Looks pretty rugged!

  • jon

    love the style and the way it can stand up. sweetness...

  • Nathan Kraemer

    I would like to see this in a store be purchasing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=661391118 Sean Misa

    I don't have a Nexus 7 yet, but I do plan on getting one over the weekend. So getting a case like this and having it ready for my 7 right when I get it would be awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000539124048 Jake Sully

    I haven't really seen any good cases, this looks like it might work.

  • Wes V

    Looks awesome. If i don't win might just buy one anyways.

  • Robert Robbins

    I'm In !!!!

  • Robert Robbins

    I like the fact that it is the only affordable rugged looking case currently out for the Nexus 7 .. I need a case that can give me confidence in knowing that if I drop my tablet it wont bust!!!

  • Aaron Douglas Charlong

    It looks well built

  • zipzip03

    if i win im buying a nexus 7

  • messs17

    Thank you!

  • Tia Sheridan

    This looks like a great case to protect my Nexus 7. I've been shopping for a case and this one by far looks the best!

  • Mitch

    The kickstand is perfect. I want one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/picklemorg Morgan Campbell

    This case looks like it could take a beating, while still remaining stylish.

  • Samantha Mclean

    I really hope i win this one!!!!

  • KW

    Looks good need one for my N7.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GilPatriarca Gil Patriarca Jr.

    Something that will stop my nexus 7 from breaking. Will need one of these

  • http://www.facebook.com/chunkybacon Chunky Bacon

    nice case!

  • Rovindra Singh

    Looks like a decent case, the one thing I like about it is the sturdy looking kickstand, think that's an absolute must when considering a case for me.

  • Tonio0_o

    awesome case. I like that you can make it stand horizontal or vertical.

  • PudgyPanda

    It will give my nexus protection from me accidently dropping it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719314646 Curtis Bigelow

    Does look nice, like the features!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000088980375 Michael Stahl

    Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/vbm78 VBM

    Well the case looks versatile and durable and i've already dropped my N7 on concrete! Luckily it only received a few scratches on the edges, but next time might not be as lucky!

  • bero24

    I was waiting for a case that could take some abuse and it looks like this case is up for it. The stand/screen cover is an awesome idea because I can throw my N7 in the bag without worrying about my books crushing it. And best part is the stand can hold the tablet in portrait and landscape.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Joshzb2000 Joshua Bacon

    The case looks solid and rugged and it's looks damn spiffy as well.
    I do a lot of biking and hiking and like to take along my gadgets and I'm always on the lookout for tough but good looking cases for them and this looks like it could be a winner.
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  • Chetah Sutrisno

    This looks great!

  • Eric Garcia

    I don't think I can narrow it down to just one...I like the protection the most and the ability to stand it up is awesome too.

  • http://www.tablet2cases.com/ Tablet Cases

    Quite an in-depth analysis. Though would have been nice to get some more feedback on how the stand feature works.

  • tim

    Two weeks ago I was taking the bus to work (standing room only) and the driver tapped the brakes. A large woman fell on me and I went down knee first on my backpack, which was holding my nexus 7 in a gumdrop drop tech case. My tablet was destroyed, wouldn't even turn on. I'm replacing my nexus 7 tomorrow and already ordered this case, I'm hopeful that it will serve me well.

  • Russ Thacher

    I take it that since I haven't been notified, I didn't win lol. Man someday I will win something, I have to be 0 and 900 by now,