The 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.
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”.
Inside the box, the case is enclosed a draw-string bag to make sure the leather doesn’t get scuffed or marked during transit.
It’s a nice touch and it feels like you are about to open a premium product.
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.
The Noreve logo sits on the bottom right of the case.
The back cover is much sturdier, exhibiting very little flex.
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.
The inside finish is exquisite with tiny Noreve lettering embossed on both sides.
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.
The cut-out for the camera leaves no obstruction when taking photos.
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.
The speaker holes are also left clear leaving no obstruction to listen to music or watch media.
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.
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.
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.
The front cover flips back nicely onto itself if you do not want to use the stand feature.
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.
The ridges are high enough to not cause any slippage once the tablet is in stand mode.
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.