DODOcase Solid for Nexus 7 (2013)
The new DODOcase Solid for the Nexus 7 (2013) is finally available and I was able to get my hands on one to review. It’s the first DODOcase I’ve personally handled and I see now why people have been so smitten with its design.
- Classic, elegant design
- Solid, hand made construction
- Nexus 7 stays securely attached
- Unique and durable materials
- Integrated magnets support wake/sleep functions
- Limited viewing angles
- Difficult to remove Nexus 7
DESIGN & FEATURES
The DODOcase’s cover looks like a genuine book cover, because it is. DODOcase employs professional bookbinders to make the covers by hand in San Francisco. It’s really a great looking case. If you like classic-looking designs or like your tech gear with a hint of nostalgia, the DODOcase should be right up your alley.
The tray that holds the Nexus 7 in place is made out of bamboo and it grips the tablet securely. It uses rubber pads in each of the four corners to keep it snug. It’s so snug in fact, that I found it difficult to remove the Nexus 7 from the tray. It was in there so tight that the LCD display assembly of the Nexus 7 popped out of the tablet’s frame when I tried to pull it out. It popped back in without a problem, but removing it from the tray requires some time and care. On the bright side, there’s no way that the tablet will fall out accidentally. And if one of the corner pads happens to get loose, you can order free replacement pads directly from DODOcase.
As you’d expect, the DODOcase Solid has all the appropriate cut outs to access the Nexus 7’s buttons and ports. The power and volume buttons are somewhat difficult to operate, mainly because of the design on the Nexus 7. The buttons are practically on the back of the tablet, making it difficult to reach, regardless of what case you use. Oddly, the camera hole cut out on the DODOcase is a $5 option. You can also personalize it with a 3-character monogram on the lower right-hand corner of the front cover, but only if you order it directly from DODOcase. The DODOcase Solid also has magnets embedded in the cover, which automatically puts the Nexus 7 to sleep when you close it and wakes it up when you open it.
The small plastic clip on the elastic strap can be used to stand the Nexus 7 up in a landscape orientation. On a flat and level surface, you can place the plastic clip behind the front cover to keep the case upright. It’s a nifty way to get your Nexus 7 to stand up, though, it’s obviously limited. It’d be tough to use the DODOcase on your lap this way and there’s only the one angle.
The best feature of the DODOcase Solid should be obvious: a distinctive and elegant design. The cover looks great and doesn’t scream, “I’m a tablet, steal me!” You could easily slide the DODOcase onto a bookshelf and no one would be the wiser. Functionally, it’s a bit limited beyond the basic scratch and impact protection. Most cases that use a front cover are able to provide multiple viewing angles in landscape mode, but the DODOcase Solid only has one. A very useful feature it does have, however, is sleep/wake functionality. This is especially important since the peculiar design of the Nexus 7’s power button makes it difficult to use with most cases. The DODOcase isn’t for everyone, but if you like the feeling of owning something unique and well made, I recommend you take a look at the DODOcase Solid for your Nexus 7 (2013).
Available directly from DODOcase, starting at $69.95.
I also want to mention that for a limited time, you can actually win a Nexus 7 and a custom case from DODOcase. Go check out their Facebook page for more details.
* Review sample provided by DODOcase