Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

by XB on 14/06/2013

in Accessories, Featured Content, Reviews, Sony Tablet


XTZ_Noreve Case_24The Xperia Tablet Z is now available in a number of regions around the world. However, once you’ve got the tablet in your hands, your next thought will probably turn to which case you should buy. From our research we couldn’t find a wide range of quality cases available for the tablet just yet. Yes, there are a number of cheap ones available on eBay or Amazon, but a premium tablet deserves a premium case in our view.

Enter Noreve, a case manufacturer known for its quality products. The French-based company (founded in Saint-Tropez) provides cases for a wide-range of smartphones, tablets and gadgets in general. The company typically uses handcrafted luxury leather and says its products are “conceived for the most demanding customers”. We thought it was the perfect opportunity to test the company’s Xperia Tablet Z case, which is sold for €84.99 and free delivery.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

The packaging for the Xperia Tablet Z case is befitting that for a premium product. It arrived in a neat cardboard box with its slogan on the side “Haute Couture for Mobile Devices”.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

Inside the box, the case is enclosed a draw-string bag to make sure the leather doesn’t get scuffed or marked during transit.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

It’s a nice touch and it feels like you are about to open a premium product.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

The black leather case has a sturdy feel to it with each side feeling quite padded. The top cover is soft to the touch and is not prone to fingerprint marks.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

The Noreve logo sits on the bottom right of the case.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

The back cover is much sturdier, exhibiting very little flex.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

Opening the case up, you can see that the tablet slots into the right side, whilst ridges on the left side are used to prop the tablet at various angles.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

The inside finish is exquisite with tiny Noreve lettering embossed on both sides.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

As you would expect, the Xperia Tablet Z sits perfectly inside and requires little effort to snap into place. However, once clasped in, there’s little chance of it slipping out.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

The cut-out for the camera leaves no obstruction when taking photos.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

On the left side there are three clasps, but Noreve has left enough room to access the headphone port, power button and volume rocker. The middle clasp sits very close to the power button, so you can end up hitting the case instead of the button when you first use it. However, once you know it’s there it’s not a problem.

The more significant issue is that the tiny LED light is covered by this clasp so you cannot see when the tablet changes from orange to green when fully charged.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

The speaker holes are also left clear leaving no obstruction to listen to music or watch media.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

The other side of the case leave no access to the micro SD memory card slot when closed, however once you have a card in there you’re unlikely to constantly remove it. Besides you get full access to the slot when the case is open.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

The Noreve case uses a non-magnetic clasp to keep the case closed, which clips round the end of the tablet to keep it secure. There is plenty of room left for the infrared sensor so that it doesn’t obstruct its use as a remote.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

The only way to access the micro USB port is when the case is open, it cannot be accessed whilst the case is closed. However, once the case is opened there is plenty of room to charge the device.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

The front cover flips back nicely onto itself if you do not want to use the stand feature.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

If you want to use it as a stand, then you’ll need to unclip the tablet from the bottom edge and you can then angle it in three different degrees. This can be a bit fiddly if you regularly use it in stand mode.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

The ridges are high enough to not cause any slippage once the tablet is in stand mode.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

Wrap-up

Overall, we really like the Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case. It offers great protection for the tablet and a sleek design that matches the tablet’s good looks. Yes, the case is not cheap at €84.99 but considering the price of the tablet (and the official case) we feel they make good partners. If you’re in the market for a case for the Xperia Tablet Z then this Noreve one should definitely be on your list.

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case review

Thanks to Noreve for sending us the Xperia Tablet Z case to review!

  • reptile64

    Sorry but I find it thick and awful :P

  • Kim Salinas

    i dont like that the case looks thick i still want a thin case but still reliable.

  • nfcec

    The leather seems cheap. I’ve got the Sony one for the XTS and looks much better and was cheaper.

  • hamboy

    Looks nice but €84.99 is crazy.

  • acey_zero

    I love this blog, but it would really be great if you all could break your RSS entries off before all the pictures on articles like this. This one took up 19 pages in my google reader, and I don’t even own an Xperia Z tablet :)

  • Herman

    It looks cheap, yet it’s terribly expensive.
    Would anyone actually buy this?
    There must be cheaper ones.

    It also makes me wonder why Xperia Blog decided to review this case in particular.

  • dereknobuyuki

    I bought a relatively thin sleeve for this device and it works fine.
    1.) Xperia Tablet Z has great industrial design that shouldn’t be covered by a case
    2.) If you have the cradle, you will constantly need to take it out of the case to cradle it
    3.) The device is super thin; having a super thin case best suits it.

    A neoprene or similar material Xperia Tablet Z protective sleeve does the trick for a fraction of the cost =P

    A sleeve will of course not offer as much protection as a real case.
    If you want more protection, check out cases like the one above (that surely does a decent job of protection); otherwise, consider various alternatives.

  • saif

    Looks like vaio duo 11 hybrid

  • Babylonbwoy

    Haute Couture for Mobile, what a joke a case 85 Euro it’s crazy when you see that some flap and power button are covered, looks like the tablet doesn’t fit well in it. I like quality stuff but this one is not well designed for such an expensive price. They have to rework it.

  • Ghayyath El Masri

    This is haute couture? It’s neither sleek nor pretty :/

  • John M Catral

    The $9.99 Poetic case (http://amzn.com/B00CW1NC8C) is still the best buy I think for the XTZ. It’s not too thick and it works with the dock. :)

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  • http://cases4cures.org/ Julian Barter

    I think there is nice cases for tablet protection.

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