This article was posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013
By Sheppe Pharis
A couple of months ago I
began looking into a smart cover for my Nexus 7, and I happened
upon the MiniSuit line of smart covers. After doing some research I
found that most people are extremely happy with them, so I decided
to request one through my work. I sent a link to the procurement
officer to have him order me the MiniSuit Google Nexus 7 Bluetooth Keyboard Stand
With that on order I began eagerly anticipating its arrival, and
I shared my joy over on Google+. That's when someone told me that
they had one and were very happy with it, but there is one gotcha
with it: there is no tab key.
For many people that is probably not a big deal, but I work as a
coder, and the tab key is vital! Fortunately, I discovered that (of
course) there is an app to remap key bindings in Android, so I
decided that I would be able to make it work.
Fast forward to the day my new MiniSuit arrived: I began eagerly
tearing into the packaging, and then I noticed that I didn't see a
silvery aluminum finish, but a leather finish instead.
It turns out that my procurement officer ordered the wrong item
and instead got me the MiniSuit Bluetooth Keyboard Dock + Smart Cover
Case with Kickstand for Google Nexus 7. Fortunately, it ended
up being a happy mistake.
The case is well-built and feels to be of high-quality. It
features a bluetooth keyboard that is magnetically held in place;
it's worth noting that the magnets are very good and hold it firmly
where it should be. The fact that the keyboard is removeable is
great, as I like to read Kindle books or browse my social feeds
while lying in bed, and being able to separate the keyboard means
that I don't need to remove the Nexus 7 from the case.
Speaking of removing the Nexus 7 from its case, or in this
case not removing it, I have not had to
remove it ever since I put it in the case. This is due both to the
aforementioned ability to remove the keyboard from the case, but
also to the fact that the case is not unwieldy in my hand. I can
simply fold the cover over its back and comfortably read while
laying on my back.
The case does substantially increase the dimensions required to
pack it into a travel bag or purse, but we are talking about a
seven inch device, and the fact that you get a full keyboard out of
the deal makes it more than worth it.
Speaking of the keyboard, and this is probably the best part of
my accidentally getting this case: the keyboard has a tab
How about charge time and battery life? Well, I've charged it
once in the couple of months I've had it. I make sure to turn it
off when I'm not using it, so the battery life has been great.
So, is there anything bad about this case/cover?
Well, not really. The only complaint that a person could have is
that because it is a full keyboard, the keys are quite small. But
really, what do you expect for a keyboard that is seven inches
After a little bit of time working with it, I got used to the
size of the keys. A person with large fingers may have some issues,
Good Recommendation Summary:
The smart covers offered by MiniSuit are of great quality, and
the fact that you get not just the case but also a bluetooth
keyboard--at less than $35.00 I might add--makes getting one of
these a no-brainer.
I like to use the keyboard in conjunction with my Logitech Tablet Mouse for Android. With both
of these, and the right apps, I turn my tablet into a full-fledged
workstation that is great to use when I'm travelling, or even when
I'm just sitting on the sofa.
Of course, if you're still wondering whether or not a Nexus 7 is for you--I highly recommend it. I
consider it the best tablet on the market at this time.