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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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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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15622172 Moin Azfar Sheriff

    i love this case, will go great with my new N7

  • Zack Tedders

    It actually looks pretty sturdy compared to all the faux-leather cases I've seen around Amazon. Definitely want one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shiftyshadee Chris Marshick

    Totally going to give this a try

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000338649747 Omario Amriky

    I love the protection while not sacrificing style!

  • Maxwell Kozlov

    Really want one, looks extremely visually appealing. AWESOME.

  • Chin Patel

    Count me in. I plan on getting a Nexus 7 once I save up. And this would be a perfect bow to put on top of my gift.

  • coggy9

    I like that it has a stand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717425284 Cody Chanthaseny

    I like the optional screen cover. I've been looking for an alternative to my folio

  • Fabrizio

    Love the stand

  • Alan An

    I like the multipurpose cover that doubles as stand

  • John

    I really like the versatility of this case. Looks impressive and would love it for my nexus 7!

  • Jays2Kings

    Very nice, I had a case that also doubled as a kickstand on my Droid X, and love to have one for my Nexus 7.

  • Don Wiggins

    I think what I like best is the removable cover. The case I'm using now just flaps around on a leather hinge to the back, and essentially is in the way back there. The built-in stand portion looks not too shabby, either!

  • schwaller

    Cool case. I like how protective it is of the device.

  • http://twitter.com/WagZ_ David Wagner Sr.

    I have the active case for my Gnex, and it is the only case I will ever put on it. I would love the same case for my N7 as well, I am totally unsatisfied with my current N7 case as it is WAY to bulky.

  • Wes

    This case looks really solid. I like it for the same reason I like my Otterbox Commuter on my S3: it gives good protection while looking pretty awesome. I like cases that keep my stuff safe, but hate it when their giant boxiness completely overshadows my devices beauty. This seems like the perfect compromise! Also, that cover looks amazing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ira.javier Ira Javier

    It looks like a very solid case. Do want!

  • infernalpudding

    I dig the removable cover and the case's overall durability.

  • Emeriz

    I love the ruggedness of the case, and that it doubles as a stand.

  • Keyan X

    What I like most is the integrated stand

  • Andrew

    built in stand i like the best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1212333849 Mark Kelley

    Like the kickstand. Looks cool. Hook me up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002709643436 Enrique Tolon

    I want win

  • Mike Kilar

    I run my new N7 naked right now. Would love to get a nice case like this since I am a field service engineer and I travel to job sites daily. I don't work in office spaces, I work in data centers working on the power supplies that keep things running when the utility power goes out. This active case looks like it would be great for my N7 incase it MIGHT slip out of my hand while entering in data to send back to the home office. The kick stand would be great to prop up and have a pdf schematic open and be able to troubleshoot circuit boards.

  • http://twitter.com/Jdutchy Jason Dutchess

    I really like the design and the removable cover!

  • supresmooth

    It's a real case for once. I have a Case Logic one that is padded and works well for tossing my N7 in my bad, but I had to get red because it was the only color and I feel like it draws too much attention. Plus, I just don't like red. I will say, though, that with a zippered case, this one is nice because the zipper is on top versus along the side. The side ones, the bezel of the tablet rubs the zipper and I can see that scratching and wearing over time.

    It's nice we're finally starting to get some real options. I feel like I've been waiting forever.

  • WayneNTampa

    Looks like a nice cover!

  • http://about.me/jason.johnson JJ

    Look absolutely slick! I'd love one!

  • White Pawn

    Good gift.

  • tookieboy

    I like the near invulnerability the case gives my n7 :D

  • Ben Caldwell

    I like the kickstand the most.

  • Xiang Jie Lay

    Always loved transforming cases

  • jameshanna

    Just got my new Nexus 7 32GB! This would be great with it!

  • Russ Thacher

    This case looks amazing. I really like the different ways that the cover can be used. Plus the red and black looks awesome.

  • Steven

    I like the fact that the kickstand doubles as both a landscape kickstand AND a portrait kickstand. Hard to find a good one of those. Also looks like it has a lot of angles to choose from.

  • http://twitter.com/just_guillermo Guillermo

    case looks pretty tough

  • Guest

    The kickstand is my favorite part.

  • http://twitter.com/nastybutler77 Jameson Ahern

    Seems like a decent case. If I win one, I'll give it a shot. I'm using a folio case now that converts into a stand which I like a lot, but this Seidio one seems much more protective.

  • http://twitter.com/JaizukeD JaizukeD

    Kick stand capabilities and the fact that it's really solid.

  • Brian Poteet

    Oh yes

  • Kevin

    The best part of this case is the protection it offers. Right now my Nexus just lives at home permanently because I'm afraid to take it outside. With this case I would go everywhere with it.

  • Brian Poteet

    My favorite part is how good it looks

  • http://www.facebook.com/dustin.lu Dustin Lu

    Nice case! Do want!

  • William Peterson

    What a coincidence... I was looking for a better case. Please let me know if you need my address. I'd love to sport this thing on my N7

  • Randy Kelly

    i have 4 daughters, my tablet needs protection

  • julian collins

    My wife just bought me a 16gb Nexus 7. This case would be icing on the cake.

  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    That it isn't leather. Far too many of these things are.

  • Mrtito32

    I like how this case is able to prop the Nexus up in an easy reading position. I have a Seidio case for my SIII, so I know it is sturdy. Thanks, I'll take mine now.

  • Sven79

    I love Seidio cases; I had one for my Galaxy S2 and it was great. The dual layer concept works very well. I just wish it had magnets in the cover for the auto-off function

  • west

    Since a friend of mine recently made the comment that my current case is "ribbed for her pleasure" I really need to replace it! I especially like the stand on the Sedio .

  • http://twitter.com/anjiecai anjiecai

    I like how this case has a stand double feature. I have a s3 so the n7 will mostly be for media consumption. I've always had some sort of a case on all my devices. This seido case looks rugged enough to do the job.

  • Guest

    I love this case because it offers max protection and like many others have said... it isnt leather.

  • Moeyknight

    Looks sturdy and useful. I always loved my Seidio case for my OG Droid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cinda.balog Lucinda Balog

    There are a few things I like about the Nexus 7 Active case. First, I like the versatility with the front cover's ability to be used as a stand for viewing, and to help protect the front face of the Nexus. Second, I like the protection the case offers. I don't have to worry much about accidental drops damaging my Nexus 7. Third, I like the colors Seidio uses. Finally, receiving a free Nexus 7 active case is always a huge plus!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523907787 Maxx Tan

    Looks pretty darn functional n tough

  • Bryan Aldrich

    The wife would use it.. :)

  • scidon

    It's nice to be able to leave the bulk that is the outer shell and stand off when not needed.

  • http://dilsplace.net Dilpickle1

    I like this case because it offers protection, a kickstand for "netflix viewing" and doesnt have an annoying "book cover" style that gets in the way when you just wanna use the tablet.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dharr18 Dave Harrison

    I love the case on my gnex, would really like to get my hands on one. Protection is the key to me.

  • Ian

    The case looks solid. I like how the stand is "optional"!

  • Dave

    This is a cool looking case. I like the red color

  • http://www.facebook.com/RFHavens Robert Havens

    The look of this case is really nice. I have trying to figure on what case to get, and think this is the one for me. The color on the other hand may actually be a harder choice. Either black or the white version (Storm Trooper or Darth Vader) hummm.

  • Casey

    Nice! I might pick one up for my nexus 7 that's coming on monday!

  • Gary S.

    I have a Seidio Active on my GNex and I had one for my Nexus S. It only makes sense to have one for my Nexus 7.

  • http://www.facebook.com/protect.the.future Kevin Herold

    It looks just as good as the otterbox.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelly.e.klein Kelly Klein

    The kickstand is my favorite part.

  • Ryan B

    I like how the cover doubles as the kickstand, and you can leave it off when you don't want to use it.

  • Brent Lee

    I like that it is sturdy and doubles as a stand.

  • Jason Mavandi

    I like that it kickstands itself so you can watch movies or whatever on it.

  • Brian Walker

    I would really love to have a case like this for my Nexus 7

  • Ian Thomas

    Looks fantastic, I would like to see one in person, hint hint.

  • Josh Ingram

    I think the design/coloring looks really cool!

  • http://www.facebook.com/blehr.mail Brandon Lehr

    What I like best, is the fact that if I win I'll have a great excuse to "have" to go buy me a Nexus 7! And I have never seen a bad seidio case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/supahsoniko Phillip Huynh

    Once I receive my iPad mini.... I can sell it and grab a Nexus 7. Hoping to score a case here so I can have a case on Day 1 with my Nexus 7 :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/woodstorm Woody Bohica Woodward

    It looks like the perfect case for the 32gb I just bought today. Great for work and home.

  • Richard K

    Man, I've dropped my N7 a few times, I could use it!

  • Richard K

    I really like how it looks and that it could offer some much needed protection to my favorite android device!

  • Andrew Townsend

    I've been really surprised at the delay in awesome cases coming to the nexus 7.. I'm really hanging for a cool case with bluetooth keyboard. Some say the kb would be too small but.. I don't mind!! I'd get used to it!

  • jorge

    Love it looks really good like the sleek edges on it and the screen protecting it does :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/bsizzle13 Brian Sim

    The durability looks pretty awesome.

  • Marshall

    I like the design of this case and that it will add extra grip when operating the tablet.

  • masterxchief

    I really like the stand part of this case, the case I have now doesn't really..stand...

  • http://www.facebook.com/Malcolmest David James Malcolm

    Oh finally a case that has some serious protection AND has a stand capable of landscape! I'm so excited.

  • Tommy Thompson

    Thanks for all the awesome contests!

  • http://twitter.com/meheller Martin Heller

    This looks interesting and versatile. I run my N7 naked and throw it in my briefcase now, but it would be nice to throw it on the floor of the car without worrying about it.

  • http://twitter.com/markrossignol Mark Rossignol

    I like that it is sturdy and doubles as a stand

  • adicto11

    this case looks awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/ZachPatt3rs0n Zach Patterson

    The existing leather flip case I have doesn't seem to be well designed for portrait use. (It keeps falling backwards -_-) the metal locking clip on this Seidio case would seem to do the job...

  • benegessrit

    I like the stand.

  • john t.

    I enjoy how it looks as if all the craziest/silliest elements of sci-fi made their way into everyday life in terms of product design... like people wearing matrix-style glasses, silver pleather pants and unimaginable government secrets in titanium suit-cased laptops. Plus, my new Nexus 7 is in the buff and it has some coverin' up to do.

  • sean

    Just got my n7 I have been looking for a case, this looks like a solid option.

  • http://twitter.com/Todd911 Un Ojo

    I like the ruggedness of the case. As an owner of a Seidio case for my Gnex I know they protect your device.

  • deathbybowtie

    I have the Seidio Active case for my S3, and I like the peace of mind I get from the double-layer setup (much more than the hard plastic shell I had on it before) - like the review mentions, I can toss it around without too much concern, especially with the screen covered. It's not too hard on the eyes either.

  • Shawn

    It looks slick, and I like how it can stand the tablet up in both landscape and portrait.

  • John Lieske

    I really like the thin profile of running with the N7 naked (the tablet, not me), but this case does seem interesting. Thanks Cameron!

  • Rohail Shah

    the colors look so sick!!

  • Brett Knighton

    heavy duty! haha... duty.

  • MJ

    I think the over all protection and the kickstand are the strengths of this N7 case for sure.

  • Dirk Teichman

    I find the fact that you can use the cover to protect the front of the Nexus 7 intriguing. I might just look at the Galaxy Nexus case as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=681487152 Ankush Gupta

    I like the multipurpose cover!

  • Mike

    win or not i'm definitely getting one

  • Trung

    That looks pretty solid. Definitely like that it looks rugged.

  • Jason

    Looks totally solid - love the "kickstand" and how it comes apart instead of the lid folding over.

  • http://twitter.com/TRampacek Tony Rampacek

    The looks like it provides good Protection

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1569417452 Tyler Watthanaphand

    this thing looks beast. If I don't win, I will definitely consider this for my Nexus 7

  • ayanamirei33

    I love that it's sure to protect my device and has a bonus kickstand that just works!

  • Ryan

    I like the color options and the kickstands action. Nice case give me a red!

  • Andres Franceschi

    Go time.

  • jake

    I like the case. Looks like it would hold up against my 6yr olds abuse.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deank717 Dean King

    i like to protect all my devices with solid drop protection, this looks to be the best overall protection i have seen and looks cool to boot.. i'd really like get one.. :-)

  • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

    Cool! My white Nexus 7 seriously needs a case...the stains show up easily and are not possible to clean.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ed.krasnodemski Ed Krasnodemski

    Very nice looking case. I like the stand and the extra mass to the unit isn't a bad idea at all.

  • Ron Carter

    Looks like Seidio has a winner on their hands!

  • Matt McNair

    I've always liked the combination of solid plastic and silicon to protect my devices. The built in kickstand idea is awesome plus too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/BenRashley Ben Rashley

    Looks nice! It'll match my gnex case!

  • Bob Gamble

    I like the rugged features and think it would protect from drops.

  • Kevin

    I love the stand/optional front cover.

  • http://twitter.com/Jordan2348 Jordan2348

    the case looks super protective! like it!

  • Ran Manor

    The design is awesome

  • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

    This case looks pretty cool.

  • Kevin

    It looks so sleek, yet I know it'll protect my device well.

  • Lucho

    I lo ve taking muy nexus 7 everywhere and this case would be ideal forma that.

  • http://www.androidgeek.in/ Serra Stone

    I like that it looks indestructible!

  • ian douglas

    Looks great. Any chance you could make a video of putting the case together, taking the front off, etc.?

  • Nick D.

    That case looks awesome, rugged, and very practical. I want one super bad! I like the stand for it the most :)

  • scuttlefield

    I really like how the cover doubles as a stand.

  • Rohin Galhotra

    Oh god, it looks like the Otterbox case for iPad.

  • Brian Simmons

    I'm constantly fiddling with elastic straps and whatnot on my folio style cover, so I like the fact that this cover is two pieces. Of course, this begs the question: how long will it take for me to lose the back piece? We'll start the bidding at 3 days.

  • s15274n

    My wife has a N7 and Nexus one, the latter has had a purple seido case since day 1, thank God. Her N7 is already dinged, help!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1102179082 Garrett Beachy

    That kickstand looks pretty sweet.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    This case looks really nice :>

  • Sh13

    I love the stand/screen cover

  • jon418

    It's sturdy.

  • Tim Peyton

    I love that whole "armored" look of the case. I bet it'd look pretty sick on my N7 in red.

    • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

      I'm going to have to agree. The armored look is a nice touch.

  • Steven Pangkey

    I like the kickstand

  • Andrew Boyle

    Solid and my Nexus 7 will be protected, been looking for a good one like this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rivapalacio Rudy Rivapalacio

    good to see a different design/kick stand layout

  • GIBsonCubed

    HOLY CRAP A KICK STAND. No I'm not kidding, that's amazing and was something I was saying I wanted just yesterday. The way that Seidio has made the kick stand something that works in landscape and portrait is great, the fact that it's on the cover Makes it about 100% better. I can have it "docked" while at my desk and when I go to sit on the couch and do some reading, Leave it on the desk, out of the way. Fantastic, and it looks pretty rugged, with 3 little boys in the house, Always a plus!

  • Karlo E. Meléndez Peña

    Hmm, I'm worried about how stable the stand would be once it's supporting the tablet. Can't discern too much from the article as it is.

  • raj iyer

    I love the idea of the kickstand. Want!

  • Lauren Peterson

    My favorite thing about the case is the cover that goes over the top. I have two kids under 2 and the cover will help me protect it from them and their dirty hands. Without it, the screen would either used as a race car track, or caked in apple sauce and anything else my kids get a hold of. The other reason I like it is because with this case I'll be able to throw the nexus 7 into my backpack and not worry about it being damaged in there.

  • Scott

    I've already dropped my Nexus 7 more than once and dented the edges, so I could definitely use the protection. I also need something to stand it up with, which this case will do also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cjludewig Chris Ludewig

    Very cool looking case. I like the stand.

  • Richard Peterson

    I love the looks of the case! I love the optional colors to customize my case. The other thing I like is the different ways you can use the case to stand it up. I frequently set it on my table to let me my kids watch it, and a case like this will give me a few more options, which is always nice when you're trying to subdue screaming kids.

  • Sean

    Love how versatile it is. Can't wait to replace my existing cover with this seidio

  • Veridor

    I like the fact it not only provides a high level of protection, but also functions as a kickstand.

  • Gareth Cook

    I like it but a little pricey no? I do like how snug it looks though.

  • hando

    Look like great rugged case. I bit on the chunky side however

  • skeeterfood

    I like it because it looks like it will really protect my N7 and I already have a folio style case.

  • Rushan

    Looks good would allow me to let my kid use my tablet more.

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