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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.

  • Kebaz

    Really like the idea of kickstand and grooves for adjustment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500035698 Robert Lee Traughber

    It's a tie between the protection provided and the colors available. Options are always a good thing!

  • Justin

    I've been checking this case out for the past week and I've been hesitant because of my fear of fuzzy silicone. But honestly those pictures don't look that bad, and if the back material is anything like my platinum case I'm sold.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasonkrauser Jason Krauser

    Just looked at this case, looks good.. Would love to win one, but even if I don't, might buy it

  • Mike Smith

    This case seems great because it provides good protection, yet still offers the flexibility of being able to only use the parts needed for a specific situation.

  • http://twitter.com/vinnymont vincent montgomery

    Gorgeous functional design. I really like the cover. It really provides a lot of flexibility.

  • Justin Stroud

    Case looks great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cblanchard Chris Blanchard

    Reminds me of the case for my Evo 3D. Soft, yet solid. And the screen cover is awesome. I walk to work every day and always bring my 7 with me. This would keep it safer in my sweatshirt pocket

  • Marcos Soler

    The best thing I like about it is the multi-purpose function. While it's common for cases to provide multiple functions nowadays, I think this one really stands out as unique in that aspect. There's also the fact that I've had several Seido cases and I personally love them for electronics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pio.jordan Jordan Pio

    I just saw these on their site the other day. Love Seidio. I've used their cases and holsters with my Android phones for several years now.

  • Peter

    Doesn't look like my nexus 7 would break with it.

  • Josh Wilson

    I definitely like the protection that this case provides. I have a folio style case and I still would not want to accidently drop it with that case. This case looks like it could take a drop pretty well!

  • Lily Huang

    dont have a nexus 4 yet, but when i do get mine, i'd love to have a nice case like this for it :) love the fact that it's multipurpose and versatile/customisable to what you need it for!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bjeagen Brian Joseph Eagen

    It's rugged.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Stormfan Jack G

    I like the protection it would bring to my Nexus 7

  • MrEastwood

    The thing I love most about this case is the added front face shield that's included for protection. I have used other cases that do not protect the front, but this one looks like it is what my Nexus 7 would most desire!!!

  • Nigel

    Crossing my fingers. Been looking for a case for my tablet

  • Christopher Clark

    I love the fact that the case doubles as a stand that can allow the Nexus 7 to be used in both portrait and landscape mode. I use my Nexus 7 for college schoolwork and the school's Android app only works in portrait mode. Having both options for a stand is a must have for me and this would work wonderfully. I also love how the base has grippy silicone to keep it from sliding when propping up the Nexus 7. I would really love to win one of these. I would definitely utilize the protection it offers and the stand that is built into it.

  • rmeden

    Considering a N7 for my wife.. case looks nice

  • http://twitter.com/TheJauntyJester Jaunty Jester

    I like that it looks great and offers decent protection.

  • http://www.reedgporter.com Reed Porter

    What's not to like? The smart cover and the nice red color are the most appealing aspects.

  • Adam Goldberg

    ITS PURTY!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jorge.branson Jorge Branson

    Mmm I really like it because it's tough but still portable and slick

  • Felix

    Looks really good an sturdy.

  • rob

    Ive got 3 kids & they love to break my stuff. My 7 would stand a much better chance with this case.

  • http://twitter.com/TwinShadow_SH Ryan

    Seeing the images for it, what I really like about the case is the design of the exterior, and the added bonus of a stand is a nice plus.

  • Trenton S.

    I would love to get a new case, mine is falling apart from sheer use.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502539242 Mike Shaw

    Would love one. Currently sporting cruzerlite

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I love the kickstand feature. I love to set up DoubleTwist Alarm on my N7 and it would be awesome to have it propped up.

  • Kyle Cheung

    This case looks like a solid case that will protect my fragile nexus 7 screen.

  • endfinity

    The case looks to be a solid one, and I find the ruggedness to be assuring.

  • Andrew Fitch

    I like this I think I'll try to get one

  • http://wyldtek.com/ wyldtek

    WANT

  • http://twitter.com/rawdeadfish rawdeadfish

    my new n7 wifi/hspa+ is on its way, this cover will do the job!

  • vincent lim

    Pretty cool now I can take my tablet to all the nature walks and hikes I do!

  • BryanL

    Sweet looking case

  • http://www.facebook.com/hutchstang Ryan Hutchinson

    Hate my case I have so flimsy I love the look on this case and how its not a case to show of your nexus 7 its made so you can use your nexus... I carry my nexus every where I go <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Donovan/100000441207038 Tom Donovan

    I would love another seido active to match my galaxy s3 seido active blue case!!!
    :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/skyallen Tony Allen

    I like the colors and durability. And built in stand? Win win win! :)

  • Jason Pillow

    A solid futuristic looking case? Yes please! It just looks badazz and like it could take quite the beating.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.potts.1232 Robert Potts

    As I use a Seido Active for my GS2, I can say I find the case to protect well, and still offer full functionality. Though it increases the size of the over all device it still stays comfortable to use. The feature that sets it apart from other cases however, is the stand. Comes in handy so many times!

  • Daniel

    Looks solid. Seidio makes a quality product.

  • Rohnsman

    I dropped my N7 on the floor just before I wrote this. Fortunately, it survived. Next time I might not be so lucky. I need some protection!

  • Shaggadoo

    Love the protection. Wish it came in the purple color and the cover needs magnets to be a smart cover.

  • http://twitter.com/GitMuny Ciroc Obama

    The cover looks cool I don't think I've ever seen something like that before.

  • Daniel Clifford

    Love how the stand is not a "built in" part of the case. Very much needed! Also, digging the Blue color on the website.

  • Patrick Pillow

    Look sturdy and easy to use!! I would like a blue one:-D hope I can win

  • DH

    I've been looking all over for a good nexus 7 case. Few have broken away from the leather-folio design that seems to dominate the market. TreeGloo and Portenzo have caught my eye, but so did their price (in a bad way). This case is innovative and practical, and does not seem to sacrifice protection for portability, which is not a major factor to me. I am seriously considering purchasing this case, but the "sticky silicon" problem may be a draw back. Nonetheless, a brilliant looking case.

  • Kevin

    Good case and secure for a tablet, the stand looks cool!

  • strra

    i like that it doubles as a stand so i wouldn't have to carry around my metal china stand everywhere

  • Kevin

    Good case and I like the stand

  • SnapJackelPop

    I've always enjoyed Seidio cases on my phones, so I have high hopes for this one.

  • Brad Withers

    Seidio makes a high quality case with great protection and style. I like most the stand and the great durability that this case offers.

  • Yentzen

    I have the otterbox for my playbook and one of the features i like the most is the detachable cover that also works as a stand. I would love to have this feature for my nexus 7.p

  • Paul_Werner

    That it looks solid like most Seidio products. Also that is incorporates a nice looking stand

  • Alex

    My Nexus 7 is cracked but the screen still semi works, but once I fix it this case and N7 would make the perfect Christmas gift for my girlfriend :)

  • Rich

    I like they style and the diversity in the colors nice work

  • koory

    Running my Nexus 7 naked... unless I get this case. Other cases I've seen so far doesn't hold my interest. This case is very similar to my Xoom Otterbox Defender case.

  • Kareem

    Heavy duty case with the ability to view your tablet without holding it. So solid and I like the colors. I wish I can win this

  • Bevon

    I would love this. Thanks

  • Will Haskell

    The kick stand is a really cool feature of the case because it turns it into a dock and I love the white color! Hope I win!

  • Michael

    Only problem i have is it kinda looks almost pink! but solid besides that!

  • Ron C

    Looks like a very solid protection yet with a stylish appearance. I liked the comment about throwing it onto the floor of your truck without fear.

  • Aaron Huffman

    This case looks quite superior to the one I have now, it would be amazing to win this!

  • Raghavan

    nice grip and doubles as a stand

  • chad

    i like that the case looks sturdy as i am a bit clumsy and will greatly protect my new nexus 7 that i got only days ago and already dropped once

  • http://twitter.com/jordanlong20 Jordan Long

    im on my second android phone and second seidio case. They are located in Houston AFAIK.

  • Melissa Peterson

    The case looks great. I love that it can be used to hold the tablet in both portrait and landscape. I would like to get one of these cases myself, but $60 is a lot for a case.

  • Crystal Garnett

    The case for the Nexus 7 looks amazing! Awesome job! :)

  • Sysko

    I like the extra part that doubles as a stand

  • http://www.facebook.com/Guitarboarder.28 Dave Smart

    This case looks perfect for everything!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mirko-Marraro/1621803187 Mirko Marraro

    I just want it!! :-)

  • Dave

    Can i have please?!

  • vremennyi

    With Seidio case Nexus looks in safe! You can easy put your device screen down and not worry about scratches) And with this case it's easy to grip))) (I like white =) )

  • dave

    Silicon case make it resistant

  • hoxhe

    its really looks bulky but i think this is what makes it endure all sort of users, also the stand is a +1 for me :)

  • Dave

    Looks like an absolutely super case, excellent protection!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alejandro-Esteban-Esparza-Sandy/100000467108312 Alejandro Esteban Esparza-Sand

    I've been asking Seidio for quite a while when the nexus 7 was originally released of they were going to do a case(s). I'm glad they went ahead and did! :-)

  • http://bcdunkel.tumblr.com bcdunkel

    I'm liking the looks of this. Gimme!

  • Dave

    Got a Seidio case for my Galaxy Note and love it - glad they're including three N7!

  • chkur6

    Love the looks, plus the multipurpose cover sounds nice.

  • YoHoJo

    Wow this thing looks ridiculously solid and protective, along with having a lot of features that a great case for a tablet should have.

  • Piyush

    if i win 1 i have to buy nexus 7

  • Piyush

    this case looks very rugged.

  • suppliesidejesus

    Looks as solid as the one I have on my galaxy nexus. Looks like a fantastic case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RMSasek Ryan Sasek

    Nice, would love to get this nice looking case to keep my Nexus 7 safe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RMSasek Ryan Sasek

    Love that it looks great but also looks like it won't let my Nexus 7 in harms way like a leather case.

  • Camilo Martinez

    I used a Seidio case for a long time when I ran an extended battery in my HTC Thunderbolt. It was extremely reliable and, while my phone took its share of beatings, you'd never tell from looking at it. Apart from that, the stand looks to be very convenient.

  • http://www.facebook.com/graham.mcleod.165 Graham McLeod

    I picked up one of these for my G-Nex. One of my favorite cases. Definitely hear you about the dust/particles on the silicone, but I'll take it over my clumsy accidental attempts to destroy my devices/spike them to the ground like volleyballs.

  • Russ

    This case sounds nice & rugged. I want a blue one!

  • Gian Verster

    The glass screen of the nexus 7 is really weak and an active case should provide the best protection. The red or white look very nice.

  • Ben Butler

    I like the complete protection this case offers.

  • Jamal Adam

    Looks like something I need.

  • Hans

    Mainly the robust design looks like a real benefit to have. Also the included stand can be very usefull

  • Philip Lawson

    I've owned a Seido case for the HTC EVO 4G. They make good products.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Life.To.The.Living.Man Asdruval Ramirez

    Looks perfect for whenever I wanna take my Nexus on the go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donjparker Don Parker

    I like....

  • zeeshan

    The case looks awesome and I really need a case so please...

  • will

    looks solid

  • sarah macias

    I really like how I can use the cover on the front and back of the n7!

  • Sheryl

    It's a good looking and protection case for my baby.... I mean my nexus! :)

  • Steve Drucker

    I love the classy look and available colors

  • http://www.facebook.com/santinor Santino Raimondi

    Looks good, can't wait to try it out!

  • http://twitter.com/EdLessard Ed Lessard

    I like that it looks like dropping it wouldn't be a problem. That's a good thing for my devices.

  • http://twitter.com/claydos66 Mike C.

    I'm a big fan of seidio. I found them when I had my original droid incredible and it has been love ever since.

  • Taylor

    This is nice, I'm still looking for a case for my nexus

  • Zac Nichols

    It's heavy duty, so I could take it to work and show the N7 off to coworkers at the paper mill.

  • Bryan Haywood

    Dang, this case is awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/RebelCoonage @RebelCoonage

    I'd love a case, considering all I keep hearing about Nexus 7 screens breaking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/meingraham Michael Ingraham

    Maybe my luck will change... Case looks great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Star-Sizu/100000944071562 Star Sizu

    It looks alot more origional then alot of the leather case for the Transformer serie

  • Sefirato

    With this review, I am definitely attracted to the kickstand that comes built-in with this case, as it is super useful with height adjustments. I've been itching for a Nexus 7 for a while. I need a smaller tablet than what I have now (Asus TF101), and with this review of the Seidio Active proves to me that I definitely need protection for the N7, while looking sexy good carrying it around in blue, my color preference. I currently have a Otterbox Defender for my S3 - while it's a fantastic case, I've come to finally realise it's a bit bulky for my taste, which makes me think of getting the Seidio Active for it. This review helps that too. :D

  • http://www.reedgporter.com Reed Porter

    It is a beauty. The fact that it is a smart cover and that it comes in red!

  • Win

    I'm hoping to see a review on N4's case. Don't really feel like taking the N4 naked ...

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Hutton/100001333254808 Scott Hutton

    Very nice looking case! Looks solid.

  • Alain Lafond

    Thanks for reviewing it. If I don't win it, I'll sure will buy one. Nexus7 cases are hard to find...

  • orcun

    Looks solid! Would love one.

  • wvebert

    I have been up in the air on a new tablet. I have the Acer A100, and just want to replace it. I was turned off from tbe N8.because of lack of support for SD card. With the release of 32GB N7, my mind is made up. And even if I dont win this, i will be buying the blue case.

  • http://twitter.com/JFKennelly James Kennelly

    But will it stop a blender?

  • travis

    This would be perfect for when sitting at my desk and for when I'm traveling

  • Danny

    I have a similar looking case for my gs3 and it's great. The case looks very solid and the stand is great too. I also like that I wouldn't have to carry the cover/stand all the time. I wish I win but if I don't will definitely be buying it in black.(my favorite color).

  • rdrizzle

    Case looks like it can take a beating.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=662583146 Jonathan Weltback

    I like the finish and choice of color... I would like blue.

  • JSiNeM

    The kickstand is definitely the best part!

  • http://www.facebook.com/derek.zyba Derek Zyba

    I like that this case manages to look good, while also looking like it can take a few hits. Thanks for the review. I'll definitely give this one some consideration.

  • imbakhle

    I like how you can flip around the back cover to make it a screen cover or use it as a stand.That's really helpful.

  • Nicolas

    I've heard that seidio makes comoerablew cases to otter box, hope that's true in case I win!

  • http://twitter.com/SchiffMi Michael Schiff

    What I like most about this case: Durability. Huge fan of any cases that I know will protect my electronics from a drop.

  • Jeff

    This seems like a nice heavy duty case. Not that I want to throw my 7 around but things do happen. Since all pieces work together I won't leave the stand home when I need it.

  • deren

    Seems like my current faux leather case will not age or wear well over time. And the corners aren't well protected. This looks like it would do a better job.

  • Onil

    Nice styling and a super useful kickstand.

  • Michael Zerinskas

    I like the versatility of the case

  • thatbigmoose

    I like the kickstand. Wish more cases came with those.

  • Ranger666

    I really like the ruggedness of this case.

  • Eric Archer

    Looks interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/stetsonaw Andy Stetson

    Its Durable!!

  • Stas

    wow, looks really solid, but how much the tablet will weigh in this case?

  • JMG Nole

    I like the stand, and the toughness.

  • Jack0

    Looks like it can take a beating and the stand seems pretty handy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aura.generator Aura Generator

    This case looks very solid and stylish. Kinda like extreme sports gear.

  • wade

    The front cover is intriguing. Can't wait to see one in person. Thanks android police.

  • Zero

    Sweet case looks like great armor for my N7

  • jonathan3579

    I want this case to protect my future investment. I had a similar case on my GS3 after I dropped it and cracked the screen. :(

  • chris jackson

    This case can protect my N7 on the 21st December!!

  • Tommy K.

    Looks like it will protect the tablet well.

  • http://twitter.com/Maddog94d Gary Hamm

    looks like it would hold its own vs. my 4 kids lol.

  • Charles Guardino

    Looks like it will protect the tablet well.

  • venky

    it is a perfect one for my nexus7.

  • Sheldon H Henderson

    I like how it's got two separate pieces. I'd use the normal one most of the time and bring the stand only when I know I'm gonna be chillin'. Sweet gig.

  • McCrack

    I have been waiting for the official Nexus case forever but this looks even better!