It’s alarmingly easy to bump or drop your tablet. One heart-stopping moment of awkward handling and your Nexus 9 hits the floor. Even small scratches detract from a gorgeous screen, and if you’re really unlucky you’ll end up with a crack in the display. Worse still, it’s all too easy to pick up chips or dents in the metal frame just from regular, daily use. The good news is all this can be avoided. It’s time to check out some Nexus 9 cases.
HTC Keyboard Folio ($130)
That price tag is definitely enough to make your wallet recoil in shock, but if you plan on using your Nexus 9 for work this may be an investment worth making. This is no ordinary keyboard folio: It’s manufactured by HTC so it fits perfectly. The slim case uses Bluetooth to connect to the tablet, and boasts mechanical keys with real travel, so you get a much more satisfying typing experience. The front cover folds back to support two landscape angles, the exterior is made from black leather, and it attaches to the Nexus 9 magnetically. It’s not going to offer robust drop protection, but it’ll keep your tablet scratch-free when you sling it in a bag.
HTC Magic Cover ($40)
You aren’t going to get much in the way of protection from this pricey cover, but it cleverly folds up to act as a solid stand for movie viewing or typing in landscape. It attaches magnetically and you can use it to cover the rear or the 8.9-inch screen, at which point lifting it will automatically wake up the tablet. You can get the polyurethane version in a variety of color combos, plus there’s a flashier leather version too. However, you’ll have to combine this with another case if you want real shock protection.
Gumdrop Hideaway Case ($70)
Here’s a case that delivers when it comes to protecting the Nexus 9. Once inside, the tough exterior and rigid internal frame, combined with rubberized padding on the reinforced corners, will ensure that it remains absolutely safe. How safe? It has been drop tested onto concrete from 6 feet. The texture makes it easy to grip, though it does look a bit like a car tire. There’s a stand that folds out from the back, and is held in place by magnets, plus it features button covers, port covers, and an integrated screen protector.
If you want a seriously stylish, book-style case, you need to check out this one from Portenzo. It’s hand-crafted in St. Louis and finished to your exact specifications, making it a real luxury offering. We like the simplicity of the Italian leather finish over the maple frame, but there are all sorts of other finishes available. Portenzo lets you customize several aspects of the case, including choosing the finish, the color inside, and even the color for the elastic closure. If you don’t mind paying extra, then it’s possible to add a magnetic closure, an embossed message on the front or spine, an opening for the camera, or a multi-angle viewing stand.
MoKo Folio Case ($7)
This is one of the cheapest folio cases for the Nexus 9 out there. It comprises a basic plastic shell with some corner protection, and a polyurethane cover. As you’ll find with most of these cases, the cover can fold back and act as a landscape stand in two positions. The cover also supports the automatic sleep/wake function. You’ve got full access to all the buttons and ports, plus there is an opening on the back for the camera. This is a super-svelte case, so sadly, it’s probably not going to provide much drop protection.
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