When travelling with more than one handheld, keeping all your stuff in one place can be difficult. OtterBox has a nice selection of boxes that are intended to do just that-and in addition, protect your Palm and other valuables from impact and water. We received a yellow 3250 for review, but many others sizes are available as well.
The OtterBox is pretty big compared to a Palm OS handheld (Palm Tungsten T3, Palm Tungsten E2):
Our OtterBox is closed with two clamps at the front of the box. Opening them for the first time is a bit tough, it took me quite a bit of effort to get them open (I am a very weak man though). By the way, the clamps need a bit of pressure to “click” closed-if they don’t click closed, water can still enter the box. By “clicking” them in place it creates the airtight, watertight seal. This 3gp video shows the opening process:
The inside of the OtterBox is cushioned with foam padding. On our review sample, it was peeling of the edges-but to be honest, this is not a real problem.
You can fit loads of stuff into the box. The stuff immediately gets water, dust, and dirt protected, however, it can still scratch itself. So, we used Boxwave ActiveCases(review for T3, review for E2) to protect the handhelds from damaging one another:
- Tungsten T3
- Tungsten E2
- Belkin wireless keyboard
- Proporta Sync cable
- Boxwave MiniBuds
- Brando FM transmitter
- BoxWave OmniPen pro
The box still closed, but if the handhelds were a tiny bit thicker, the combination would not work out.
We had no problems fitting in a few classic Palm OS handhelds though:
Enough on OtterBox capacity. The OtterBox had no problems diving in the TamsPalm bath tub-so, waterproofness is no problem (if you close the clamps correctly). This video shows the OtterBox swimming.
The biggest problem that I see with an OtterBox that isn’t 100% full is “slide scratching” of the contents. The handhelds contained in the box can slide around freely, damaging one another. However, as said, ActiveCases and fill-up material can help!
Overall, I like the Otterbox and will take it along on my next trip. However, it has a few flaws that one needs to know about. Forgetting to close the clamps properly leads to drunken Palm OS handhelds, forgetting to use protective cases and fill-up material (if you have more than one device enclosed) leads to scratched Palm OS handhelds. But the positives outweigh the negatives by far. When used correctly, you will not want to miss your OtterBox!