Finding just the right case for my Nexus 7 has been a challenge. I’ve tried the effective and highly flexible, yet very bulky rooCASE, as well as the updated Ultra Slim rooCASE. Both of these serve their purposes well, with the Ultra Slim edging out the original due to its much slimmer profile.
But there is another class of case that I needed to check out. Currently, my phone is an HTC Evo 4G LTE and I’ve been using a Cruzerlite TPU case on that for a while and I love it. TPU stands for Thermoplastic Polyurethane, which is a class of plastic that has many great properties for an electronics case, including elasticity, transparency, oil resistance, and durability. My Evo has never felt so protected.
So when I saw that Cruzerlite was making a TPU case for the Nexus 7, I jumped on it. After spending a couple of weeks using the case, I decided to write up a review with my thoughts. Hit the break for all the details.
The Cruzerlite site lists the following features:
Made from TPU material
Sleek, lightweight design
Cutouts for all ports and buttons
Screen left exposed for full functionality
Easy to apply and remove
I have to say that everything the feature list mentions is absolutely true. The TPU material is absolutely shock absorbent while remaining very light. It is also a breeze to put on. Most cases I have tried have their quirks when trying to insert the device, but the Cruzerlite case is by far the easiest to get on and off.
The case comes in eleven fancy colors and contains Bugdroid, the Android robot, etched into it as a repeating pattern. Android fans will love that… I know I do.
When the case is on, it barely adds to the size or thickness of the Nexus 7. It’s like a second skin. Though the back of the Nexus 7 is not slippery by any means, the Cruzerlite case is even less so, adding a nice grippy feeling that makes you feel secure when holding it.
The cutouts for the buttons and speaker are all cut perfectly and provide unfettered access to your entire device. This is a step up in my opinion from the official Google case that actually covers the power and volume buttons. The TPU material also helps keep the case nice and snug, keeping the cutouts always aligned properly. Leather cases tend to have a bit more give and the device moves around a bit inside them, sometimes causing button positions to shift a bit. Not an issue here.
Everything I mentioned above shows how great this case is. It’s durable, scratch resistant, thin, snug, and stylish. It’s also very affordable at only $19.90 from Cruzerlite’s web site.
So what’s not to like about it?
Obviously, one disadvantage of this case over some of the other cases out there is that it does not offer a way to prop the device up to watch videos. It is merely a cover that protects the body, nothing more. That might be enough for some, but if you’re looking to watch a movie on your Nexus, be prepared to hold it in your hand or lean it against something.
The only other negative thing I would say about this case is that it doesn’t protect the screen at all. The case covers every inch of the device except the screen, as you can see in the following picture.
That being said, it is the perfect case for you if you carry your Nexus 7 in a bag or sleeve of some sort, and only take it out when you use it. For me, that’s not how I carry my Nexus. I prefer a case that protects not only the body, but the screen as well.
All in all, the Cruzerlite Androidified Clone Army Nexus 7 TPU Case is a solid entry as long as you don’t need to prop up the tablet or care about screen protection. I do really like the look and feel of this case, but since I throw my Nexus 7 into a backpack with lots of other loose objects, I require full time screen protection.