The Belkin universal tablet case for 7- to 8-inch tablets lives up to its name; it fits every one of the 7- and 8-inch slates we tried on it. With an unadorned exterior, a rear flap for easy access to the back camera, and front flap that can fold into a stand, its design is impressively simple and functional at once.
Starting at $40, its sturdy fit, stable build, comfortable feel, and transformable design make it an inexpensive investment for those looking for a simple, but solid tablet case. It might not be the most fashionable tablet cover out there, but it's an affordable way to protect your slate.
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Small slates adhere to different design principles than large ones because they're usually manufactured in a native portrait orientation. The Belkin case is meant to be primarily used in portrait orientation, however the front flap can be folded into a stand for landscape viewing or typing.
The outside is made of polyurethane and its texture is soft to the touch, almost like fake leather. It comes in a two-toned purple model that Prince would certainly approve of, and a grey and sky blue version, like our review unit.
On the inside, the case is lined with a microfiber-like material that protects from scratches. The right side of the interior -- where the tablet sits -- features two thick plastic corners that stretch from the center, like bungee cords making half an "X," while a small, stationary border on the opposite edge helps stabilize the slate.
The back of the case is more reinforced than the front and houses a small flap on the upper left corner that can be lowered, like a dog-eared page in a book, for easy access to the rear camera. When pulled all the way down, magnets keep the flap from obstructing your photo.