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Since there's no shortage of good, name-brand cases for the Nexus 7, it's generally not a bad idea to be wary of the cheapies. But after getting a heads up from Bob Severns (the guy who presses the buttons on our podcast), I decided to give a pair of $4 Nanum cases a go. Having never heard of "Nanum" before, I was skeptical of how good this extremely affordable duo would be. But much to my surprise, both of these cases are pretty great.

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I ordered both the Multi-Angle Stand case and Ultra Slim Fit case, and while there are a few different colors available, I decided to get both in white. Because I just like white. The seller, Mercury USA, fulfilled the order within a day, and I had the pair within a week or so.

Right out of the box, I was rather impressed with each, as they both seem to be well-made, fit the N7 quite well, and feature a magnet in the cover that toggles the display appropriately when opening/closing. The latter is a feature that many of the other cases I've tried – even ones costing ten times as much – are missing, so I was both shocked and pleased to find it built-in to this ultra-affordable pair.

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Slim Fit case

I ordered these expecting the Multi-Angle case to be my preference, but I've actually become quite fond of the Ultra Slim, mostly because it lives up to its name. The outside is covered in a nice cloth-like material, and the inside has a soft felt lining. It definitely doesn't feel like a $4 case, that's for sure. On the back there's a slot for a stylus (each case comes with a free stylus, too – but it's nothing to write home about), as well as a hole for whatever reason. All the ports and buttons have cutouts, too. Like so many other cases, the front can be folded around the back and tucked into a slot, effectively creating a stand. Unlike most other cases [that I've tried], this one actually works.

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Multi-Angle Case

And then there's the Multi-Angle case. While the inside has the same soft felt inner lining as the Ultra Slim, the outside is covered in a pretty decent looking faux leather of sorts. Unlike it's skinnier brother, the MA case has a "latch" that closes the cover across the Nexus 7, keeping it from accidentally coming open if tossed in a bag. As its name suggests, the Multi-Angle case offers a few different viewing angles for the N7. This works by popping the N7 out of the position on the leftmost side of the case, and propping it into the (rather deep) grooves. It's held in place very, very well, and doesn't really move when being tapped. The design is really great.

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Included Stylus

Overall, I'm happy with both cases, especially for the price. Each case costs only $4 (with $3 shipping), so I paid just under $14 to get them both shipped to my door. If you're looking for an affordable, effective way to protect your N7, as well as add some nice functionality, I encourage you to check out these Nanum cases. Each one is easily worth the money, and then some.

Nanum Ultra Slim Fit Case for the Nexus 7

Nanum Multi-Angle Case for the Nexus 7

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.

  • PhotogX

    Does the Multi-Angle Case work with the N7 dock?

    • Randy Staab

      Was about to ask the same thing.

      Looks like the Multi-Angle should but the Slim probably depends on what happens when you pop the bottom edge out.

    • Ammon Rhett

      No, you'll need to take it out of the case. I don't own the dock, but the case itself is rather bulky.

      • PhotogX

        It looks like the left edge of the multi-angle snaps off independent of the right, so I'm thinking it could work

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          This. I see no reason why it shouldn't work, you'll just have to flip the cover back.

          • PhotogX

            To bad the black is out of stock...

    • mgamerz

      It does. I have one. You need to undo to two clips on the side that the dock goes in, obviously. It makes it take up about a foot in length though so you need some space.

  • Jimmy Li

    the Nanum slim case in grey 5.99 plus shipping. All other colors is the 4bux range.

    • xnifex

      yep, sucks it's not the same price

  • Jason Groves

    well crap, the second one is an exact replica of the MOKO case (or maybe the other way around) I bought when I got my nexus 7 back in august. It was $15 then, although in my opinion it is definitely worth $15 so in short you are saving about $11 and getting the best case I've had for the nexus 7.

    • mgamerz

      +1 for moko case, it doesn't have the magnet problems

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    Nice. I like that style of case. Now that I think about it, every Android device I own has a stand (or kickstand) of some sort.

  • Sean Donovan

    I grabbed the multi angle one from amazon, tho made by someone else, and I love it! even got one for my wife

  • Jimmy Li

    Just got the white ultra slim as well. I don't normally like white, but it looks sharp! And used my amex points for a great discount :D

    I opted the one with the weird hole lol, but I don't mind it. I don't like the multi-angled one because of the tabs that hold it in place. I had a poetic one for my old Kindle Fire which I didn't like too much. Just personal preference.

    • jstnbsn

      how is the added bulk on the back when the cover is just folded behind? that's a deal breaker for me with a lot of cases for being too uncomfortable to just hold.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        It's not bad at all, and I'm pretty picky about that sort of thing. However, if you grip it too tight on the left side, the magnet will catch and turn the display off. The more you use the case in the "stand position," the less this happens.

    • Robb Nunya

      I got mine in black.

  • Alex P.

    A parent with small kids would never consider buying a case if all of the corners are not protected.
    Nexus 7 Verus Saffiano is way better.

    • mgamerz

      These protect the corners...

      • Alex P.

        Oh, well, it was not apparent from some of the pictures. Then, it passed the test. Great case from a parent's point of view:) and unbeatable price.

        • mgamerz

          When you put it into the standing mode (the multi angle one), it has to take off 2 clips. Make sure you read the reviews, the ones with magnets can have problems where when you fold the cover back, it will turn the screen off again. My first case did that, it was a dud.

          • Alex P.

            I see. My case is with magnets, and it does that once in a while.

    • Jimmy Li

      My current case is the Seidio Active case with cover. It's great but bulky. Offer great protection for youngin's. My 4 year old plays with it but she's really good about using them. She has a leap pad as well and treats it well too. I was actually cleaning/dusting the N7 and took off the Seidio case to do so. And when I did, I forgot how thin the N7 is nekkid! Now I want this case to showcase the slim form factor. And what I paid for it (DEEP Discount when using my Amex point's can't be beat! Almost free! LOL

      • Melissa Peterson

        Just for future reference, "nekkid" is actually spelled naked.

        • Jimmy Li

          Ok, I thought this was Android Police not Grammar Police :)

  • Sven L.

    Anyone have a good alternative that people in Europe can buy?

  • Eeek

    Can the slim-fit case prop up the tablet near-horizontally, as well as near-vertically?

    • mgamerz

      It's about 36 degrees, and about 80 when standing up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/silver.bear.5 Silver Bear

    Any app that relies on geomagnetic positioning (i.e. compass, star charts, sun / moon / planet position, azimuth, altitude, etc) will produce inaccurate results when the N7 is housed in a case with a magnetic closure.

    • andy_o

      You'd be surprised how little (in fact, negligible) magnetic interference there can be with a small magnet, even neodymium ones. I've tested myself with magnetic field apps and magnets, when I was checking out if I could mod the N7 to charge on a touchstone.

      • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

        Having a neodymium ones could potentially destroy credit cards and other stuff.....
        though It would be really cool to see it done

  • Sootie

    Damn amazon not shipping to australia

  • Nymul Bunleang

    Here's my Amazon Review when I bought this awhile back.

    http://www.amazon.com/review/R33IYLWISV2SS9/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B009S40PVI&nodeID=2335752011&store=wireless

    The idea/design of this slim case would have been great if it was executed properly. My case does not fit my Nexus 7. I get 3 of the 4 corners in, and when I go in for the last corner, the others pop right back out. The plastic mold is too small to fit my Nexus 7. I was really hoping this would be the perfect case, sadly it is not. BOOOOO!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I actually read a few reviews that said that. Mine fits perfectly - maybe you just got a faulty case and they've since corrected the issue?

      • Nymul Bunleang

        Man, I hope so. I think I might bite the bullet and order another one....hoping it will fit.

    • Jimmy Li

      I have the same issue. I think it stems from the felt lining where you install the N7. In the corner where it doesn't seat, the felt overlaps the plastic corner that helps seat it properly. What I did was work the trouble corner down with a rounded pen cap and press it down really hard. Then install the N7 with the three corners that will seat and click in and then cover the front with the flap or use a microfiber cloth to gently push down on the corner until you hear it click. YMMV depending on the felt lining in the corner and if the felt is too far up the corner.

  • Arcest

    I wish it were available in eBay

  • http://twitter.com/branaja Branimir

    sorry for late comment, but I'm thinking about buying it now since one I ordered from e-bay still did not arrive :(

    since it doesn't have anything to keep the cover closed, can you maybe use velcro to keep it closed? thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=208300484 Kevin Page

    thanks for your review! I ordered the ultraslim in blue!

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