Update: Okay, Google clearly goofed on this one. The shipping prices have been fixed so now there is a $3.99 saver option (5-10 days), $7.99 ground (3-5 days), and two day shipping for $11.99. This thing is still expensive, but at least shipping isn't bonkers.

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The new Nexus 7 seems like a pretty great device in almost every way. Despite reports of a few bugs, we're quite fond of it around here. Now the first official accessory has hit the Google Play Store to complement your Nexus – the zip-up sleeve (US and Canada only). It's... well, let's be honest – it's ugly and expensive.

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There's nothing terribly special about this case. It's made from neoprene with a microfiber lining on the inside to keep your Nexus safe and sound. There's also an outer pocket to carry around earbuds, cables, or whatever else you need.

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At $29.99 it's already quite a bit more expensive than similar (and more attractive) sleeves you can buy on Amazon, but it gets worse. The shipping charge is almost $20. The Nexus 7 itself ships more cheaply than that. We've checked for multiple addresses, and it's always that expensive despite the fact it can't possibly weight very much. Is $50 for an unattractive official case a good deal? You can probably figure that one out for yourself. If you've got your heart set on it, maybe check back later and see if the shipping is just some kind of mistake. 

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • Derek Duncan

    $20 to ship this thing? Get out.

  • Daniel Bobke

    The answer would be...uh NO!

  • skitchbeatz

    F That

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    The cost of the iPad polyurethane smart case (the full body case) direct from Apple - which is actually a pretty nice case - is $53.41 shipped in CA today. Google wants $2 less than that total for this POS? Get lost.

    • scuttlefield

      I'm thinking that that shipping price HAS to be a mistake.

    • sivkai

      Ha, love how you phrase your opinion. POS indeed.

  • aaron nyquist

    The shipping and tax is the reason I am waiting to buy a Chromecast or anything else google sells from Amazon. Google, your smoking crack!

    • Ishimaru

      What about their smoking crack?

  • Ashley

    I want the premium ASUS case...I think.

  • mgamerz


    • Kenny O

      And you will get a better, less costly case/sleeve in addition to your free shipping

      • mgamerz

        And you'll get spoiled 2 day shipping. People say I have serious first world problems when I have to wait for days when the item I purchased isn't prime eligible.

  • kimaguresan

    Google needs to find a new shipping company.

  • Cory Wilson

    Where does google come up with these garbage shipping prices? And why do the official cases always suck? The original nexus 7 case didn't even have the smart cover function!

  • eilegz

    ripoff... thats why google need something like amazon presence the shipping, handing and tax its just ridiculous...

  • Gerand

    I'd actually like a "sleeve" where I can just slip and slide my Nexus 7, not a small bag that I have to zip/unzip

  • thisphuckinguy

    Google: "Prepare your anus, everyone."

    • lordmerovingian

      He he, my bums atwitching already...

  • Kevin Aaronson

    Those interested in a pouch case should take a look at this http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00D5ZA41C/ref=ya_aw_oh_pit 15 bucks free shipping. Build quality is high and the stand feature is brilliant. Highly recommended, just got mine a couple days ago.

  • dirtyfingers

    That's crazy. I just bought a similar case for .99 on amazon with free prime shipping a few days ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

    I have a personal rule not to buy accessories from the place I bought the device. This really encourages my silly little rule...

    Da fuuuuu?

  • Tony Sarju

    It costs $10.99 to ship in Canada, lol!

  • psychoace

    I think they are expecting you to buy this along with the Nexus 7. You don't double dip on shipping then. I don't think they really believe many people are going to buy it straight out even though they didn't start selling this until 2 weeks after a horde of people bought the 7.

    • simp1istic

      Maybe it should have been available when the damn tablet was then.

  • sivkai

    This is one time I'm glad a Google item is not available in the UK.

  • Michael Panzer

    I like sleeves because I want to have the device I bought in the hand and not a stupid case. This would just be for transport. The price is one thing, but I don't get why this would be a POS?

  • JazzEspresso

    very high price aside, it is damn ugly period.

  • http://george.merloc.co George Merlocco

    $10.99 shipping up to the Great White North now :