It's been about five months since the Nexus 10 came out. In what is frustratingly becoming true Play Store fashion, accessories did not come out alongside the device. Now, however, the covers have finally landed in two colors: grey and "scarlet" (here being defined as "safety vest orange," at least as it appears in pictures).


For those unfamiliar with how this case works, on the back of the Nexus 10 there is an ovoid plastic plate that snaps in place. This normally serves no purpose, but you can remove that plate and replace it with this cover that attaches directly to the tablet and folds over to protect the screen. It's nifty, if potentially a little cumbersome.


The covers cost $30 each and ship in 3-5 business days.

Source: Play Store (Grey), (Scarlet)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jwmallon Joey Mallon

    lol'd @ safety vest orange.

  • Kam Siu

    way to fail big time on timing................

  • QwietStorm

    Are people still gonna use the Google is new to retail and customer relations excuse? This is not even funny anymore.

  • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

    The strategy here is to tease accessories, then say NOTHING about them until would-be consumers have nearly forgotten their existence, and then BAM put those puppies in the Play Store.

    • Annie Winters

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    • basteagow

      ... and overcharge for them, to add insult to injury.

  • cameron charles

    not that this is available in aus too late brought the same thing from a third party two days ago

  • http://www.facebook.com/rob.watkins.7 Rob Watkins

    They kind of missed the boat on this one. I would have loved one of these covers when I bought my Nexus 10, which happened to be the day that they came out. Now though, I already own three aftermarket cases that I'm happy with.

    • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

      Agreed. I waited for the second shipment after the initial fiasco (1 - 2 weeks after launch day I believe) and snapped up a Poetic Keybook from Amazon for $15 the same evening. No regrets.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Out of curiosity, which cases do you have? I haven't picked one up for my N10 yet. Couldn't decide on one, but this cover doesn't look like something I'll pick up.

      • 20legend

        I have the poetic slimline case. Its not the greatest. It works though. The rear covers really mess with the buttons.

      • http://feigdev.com/ emil10001

        I've got a poetic slimline and I love it. I really wanted the official google case when the Nexus 10 launched, but I picked up this case a couple months ago, and now I'm pretty happy with it. It doesn't add much extra bulk or weight, though it does add a bit, but it's way less than any other case that I've used. Plus, it doubles as a stand, and doesn't get in the way of the ports.

      • Tyler

        I bought a black Poetic KeyBook case (http://amzn.com/B00AG0D61O) The bluetooth keyboard can be weird at time (i can clarify if need be) but once you figure out the situations that happen they can easily be fixed. The only problem i have is that keys are cramp(which on the colored ones looks to be fixed) and that my Nexus 10 likes to shift when i have it stored in my backpack from the snug fit of the case getting loose. Overall I'm happy with it though.

      • scuttlefield

        I, also, have a Poetic Slimline and love it! It gives more protection than the official case and it's a lot cheaper. Also, as noted in other comments, it acts as a stand (which works well after a little break-in period) whereas the official case doesn't seem to.

      • UniBroW

        Moko slimline from Amazon, think it was around $7. Fits nice and protects the screen when it's in my bag.

      • Colin Tomele

        I got the Origami on Thinkgeek when it was on sale (right before they stopped selling it). I've tried other versions of it, but the one I got is almost suede inside and is cloth so it bends better than the faux leather ones. I can't find it anywhere online, which makes me sad.

      • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

        I also have the Slimline. Its pretty good. Its not a factory fit and I used the dremel to improve it but it works as well as any others and appears to be more useful than this thing.

      • Joe

        Don't get the supcase version. It almost fits, but blocks the headphone jack when its on.

        Also, it just now fell over and knocked a can of soda on the ground, so there's that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rob.watkins.7 Rob Watkins

        Poetic Revolution and Poetic Hardback are the two that I use the most. I absolutely love the Hardback case, and I use the Revolution when I know that I'll need added protection.

  • power_pizza

    Why not put another couple of folds in the cover to let it serve as a stand as well?

    • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

      Seriously... my case has a kickstand which really comes in handy on the office desk for movies or quick track browsing on music. The lack of kickstand wouldn't be so bad if I had a pogo dock for it. You know, the one we've been waiting on... the one teased in the Google Christmas video. No? Did I hallucinate that this was supposed to be a thing...

    • blunden

      I'm pretty sure that is patented by Apple. They at least managed to bully some other manufacturer into stop selling their official clone Smart Cover cases.

  • navjot

    Seems like Google isn't completely serious about selling these devices and is just using them as exercises for future projects or something. Whatever it is, they really need to get their shit together because these kind of things are only going to lead people into losing faith in them.

  • h_f_m

    At least if I'm on a plane that crashes with my tablet I can strap it on and be rescued

  • mgamerz

    Perhaps they wait so others can make them for it?

  • JensAstrup

    ...it doesn't fold into a stand?

  • Kunal M

    What purpose does this serve if doesn't even fold up as a stand. It will be more of an hindrance while using the device and I am sure for $30 you can get a good quality cover which acts as a stand.

  • SenseOffender

    All of the accessories for their devices take an eternity to become available, at which point devices become damaged or people just buy alternative products.

    • basteagow

      This is exactly what happened with my bumperless Nexus 4—two days before the bumper was FINALLY restocked. Sure, I could have purchased an aftermarket case to avoid damage in the meantime, but I shouldn't have had to. I was naïve and I didn't, and now my Nexus 4 looks like crap and I'm selling it at a loss to get an Xperia ZL.

  • JR

    note to Haunter- the Pogo charger is available on Amazon for $30. And it works great.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      I have the pogo charger, but that is not what he was talking about. Google teased a DOCK (which used the pogo pins) in a Christmas video.

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  • Matthew Fry

    Hard decision as this has the smart wake magnety thing but no stand. Stupid Google.

    • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

      There are tons of 3rd party N10 cases with Smart Wake. I bought a Poetic Keybook case same day as my N10 about a week after launch... Smart Wake works fine.

      • Matthew Fry

        Yeah, I just found out that. Last time I checked was before Christmas. My how the time flies. I grabbed the Poetic slimline because I heard there were some issues with the keyboard on the keybook.

  • Joe Menard

    way to bulky and overpriced

    • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

      Too bulky?! Are we looking at the same case?

  • Some1OverThere

    Sweet! Now when will they come out with a cover that's also a keyboard like the MS Surface? I might bite the tablet bullet then.

  • http://twitter.com/robinashe Robin Ashe

    Are there any other cases that snap in with the plastic cover, or is the official one the only one?

  • Telveer

    DO NOT buy this cover. I received it a few days ago (final price was $35 including shipping). I already use a 3rd party slim case/cover which works very well for me but I thought an OEM case would fit/look better. After snapping the case to the back of the tablet, I noticed that it would not snap all the way in .. this is by design, leaving a 2mm protusion when the plastic snap meets the large flap. There is nothing to keep the flap on the screen except gravity - so any tablet angle other than laying it flat on the back causes the flap to move and flop around. I am returning it today. Apparently - they charge a 15% re-stocking fee as well as return shipping! So, I will end up losing about $15 for trying this pathetic cover - shame on Google and Samsung for making us wait this long and providing such a lousy product. I will never ever buy accessories from Google Play.

  • http://twitter.com/jdanner46 john danner

    Really what play store are use using. Not in mine